Willem Popelier
Works with Photography


Teaser of Ephemeral Photographs on show in triptych at Pennings Foundation

I'm currently working on a new project focussing on the short amount of time photographs are used and visible on Instagram Stories, Snapchat, etc.
from 28 June - 20 July a teaser of the project is on show in the Pennings Foundation, Eindhoven, in a triptych show with The Do-It-Yourselfie Guide and Showroom Girls.
In 2020 the new project will be fully exhibited in a solo show in Pennings Foundation.

Rejected Identities and The Do-It-Yourselfie Guide on show at VU Amsterdam

Rejected Identities and The Do-It-Yourselfie Guide are exhibited at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the exhibition What about me? from 6 May - 12 July 2019 in the Main Building of the VU Amsterdam. The exhibition displays artworks that focus on the quest for identity. Participating artists are: Sara Blokland, Risk Hazekamp, Ari Versluis and Ellie Uyttenbroek, L.A. Raeven, Pieter Verhoeff about Erik van Lieshout, Willem Popelier and Get Me. On July 9 a debate will be held at the VU, exploring the role of the body in constructing identity. VU scientists from different disciplines will reflect on this topic.

Paris Error online

On november 13, 2015 I witnessed one of the terror attacks in Paris. The new project PARIS ERROR focusses on this experience. See the project here.
One image of the project is published in Foam Magazine #49.

News Archive


Paris Error

Your Weekly President

The Do-It-Yourselfie Guide

En Vogue

Inside Obama's Compound

Obscured Classified Document (Situation Room)

The Osama Papers

Showroom Girls


This Is Me & This Is Me

Visual Proof Of My Existence

███ and Willem. Documentation of a Youth

Rejected Identities

Commissioned Work (selection)



Willem Popelier is an artist working with photography. His focus is on the mechanisms and politics of representation. He researches the generally accepted ways in which photos are used, and how identity is represented and perceived through photography. Thus his focus is mostly on popular culture, the ubiquitous image and its effects on society.

His work is exhibited worldwide, published in magazines such as C Photo and Foam Magazine, awarded with several prizes including a C/O Berlin Talent, a Bronze Medal for Best Book Design from all over the World, and nominated for the ICP Infinity Award and the Prix Pictet, among others.

He is tutor in photography and critical studies at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam and regularly gives lectures and workshops addressing the ubiquitous image, selfies, the role and implementation of artistic research, and more.


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Further information

Curriculum Vitae
Artist statement
A selection of essays and interviews

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