Charmaine de Heij
Photographer

Photographer based between Berlin and Amsterdam.

Charmaine de Heij investigates with her artistic work personal and contested histories. The work takes the form of photographs which often include still-life and portraiture. She reflects with photography on contemporary issues, that also concern her on a personal level. Charmaine examines the incomprehension of the world we live in today and occurrences close to her.

The topics her photography touches are various: they can come from a psychological state of being to identity. Charmaine comes from a mixed heritage, the Netherlands and Suriname. With her work she wants to be a representation of her cultural heritage and create understanding.

Photography’s ability to blur truth and fiction is for her a compelling quality. De Heij digs into hidden memories and creates representation of what can be lost in the mind. Her work reveals the invisible and creates a space for dialogue that invites the viewer to question with the work that is reflecting in their eyes. Charmaine wants to hold up a mirror with her photography.

Charmaine de Heij
Photographer

Photographer based between Berlin and Amsterdam.

Charmaine de Heij investigates with her artistic work personal and contested histories. The work takes the form of photographs which often include still-life and portraiture. She reflects with photography on contemporary issues, that also concern her on a personal level. Charmaine examines the incomprehension of the world we live in today and occurrences close to her.

The topics her photography touches are various: they can come from a psychological state of being to identity. Charmaine comes from a mixed heritage, the Netherlands and Suriname. With her work she wants to be a representation of her cultural heritage and create understanding.

Photography’s ability to blur truth and fiction is for her a compelling quality. De Heij digs into hidden memories and creates representation of what can be lost in the mind. Her work reveals the invisible and creates a space for dialogue that invites the viewer to question with the work that is reflecting in their eyes. Charmaine wants to hold up a mirror with her photography.

  • How we remember tomorrow
    Feb 13 – Jun 15, 2024
    University of Queensland Art Museum
    Brisbane, Australia
    How we remember tomorrow celebrates storytelling across generations, through oceans and waterways and transcending eras and perspectives. Featured artists understand the watery spaces of our planet as ancestral archives: sources of knowledge that carry stories and cultural practices. Alongside their kin, they honour intergenerational narratives that are disseminated along ocean currents despite ongoing colonial legacies of forced displacement, homeland dispossession, indenture and the loss or dormancy of vital cultural practices. (more…)
  • Unhealed
    Mar 3 – Sep 15, 2024
    Moderna Museet
    Malmö, Sweden
    The international group exhibition Unhealed delves into the aftermath of the uprisings and revolutions, that swept through the Arab world starting in 2010. These events altered the lives of millions of people, many of whom as a consequence now live in Sweden. With this exhibition, Moderna Museet Malmö proudly presents seventeen artist who, in poignant and thought-provoking ways, have addressed this still unfolding chapter in history. (more…)
  • Lukasz Palka: Tokyo Unseen
    Publication
    teNeues
    International
    After the successful parts of the Unseen series about New York, London and Berlin, Tokyo Unseen is another authentic approach to one of the largest and most fascinating metropolises of our civilisation. The impressive illustrated book presents the city of contrasts in a fascinating honesty that only an inhabitant of this city of millions can portray in such a direct way. (more…)
  • Marguerite Humeau: Orisons
    Jul 29, 2023 – Jun 30, 2025
    Black Cube
    Hooper, USA
    Marguerite Humeau’s Orisons is a subtle, 160-acre earthwork that transforms an unfarmable plot of land in Colorado’s San Luis Valley into a place of reverence, honoring its expansive history, existing ecosystem, and imaginable futures. The work consists of the land in its entirety, as well as a series of eighty-four kinetic and interactive sculptures that invoke the land’s histories and vast network of interrelations. (more…)