At the invitation of TAAK, artist Paulien Oltheten looks for examples of human contact amidst the silence and sterility surrounding the COVID-19 virus. Compared to other countries, The Netherlands allows individuals to interpret measures relatively freely. In Stay Healthy, a series of short video portraits, Oltheten documents a range of interpretations and ways of relating to each other in Amsterdam and surroundings. Read more
Posted on Sunday May 03 2020

International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)




To those that will, ways are not wanting, 2019, 33 min.


2 screenings:

- 23th of November at 2pm 

in Eye Cinema 2

( Paradocs Amsterdam Art weekend)


- 29th of November at 8pm

in Tuschinsky zaal 2

( People and planet)


Jacques Tati in Russia and Iran. Snow piles, posts, fences and much

too narrow openings: the obstacles that people face on a daily basis
are numerous. Wonderful observations of perseverance in two
parallel worlds.

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Posted on Thursday October 31 2019

Ag Galerie (solo) IR




When: June 23, 2019 - July 12, 2019

Where:  Ag Galerie

#43 Azodi Street, Karim Khan Zand Bridge

Tehran, IRAN

t: +98 21 8880 2000


Galerie Hours:

Daily 15:00 – 21:00


Ag Galerie is pleased to announce the opening of Paulien Oltheten's solo exhibition titled "For those that will, ways are not wanting". In this exhibition Paulien Oltheten shows her latest work for which she travelled to both Isfahan in Iran and Samara in Russia. At first she focused on the river that streams through both cities and that both had been changed ‘temporary’ into a new public space because of the season or the climate change. But soon she made other significant observations along the way.  


The result is a photoseries and video. The video that bares the title of the exhibition shows playful image combinations of seemingly simple observations that, once combined and rhythmically edited, can become funny and poetic.

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Posted on Monday June 24 2019

Rauma Triennale (group) FI






When: June 8-September 15, 2019

Where: Rauma Art Museum

Opening hours:
closed on Mondays
Tue-Fri 12-17
Sat-Sun 11-16


The first Rauma Triennale, to be held this summer, will challenge you to consider the value of boredom – a phenomenon seemingly to be avoided at all costs in our time, the stimulus-packed era of digitalisation and globalisation. What do we lose if we give up boredom? Does boredom hide something worth holding on to? 

The exhibition is hosted by the Rauma Art Museum and the abandoned shopping centre of Tarvontori. Boredom is present in the works in a number of ways: as a laborious technique, slow-paced contents or an appearance that demands it be explored without hurry.

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Posted on Sunday June 23 2019




Wanneer: 17 mei 2019


Tijdstip19.15 inloop, 19.30 start programma

Waar: Voetbalclub Wartburgia
Drie Burgpad 3
1097 HK Amsterdam



De hesjes wassen, de ballen oppompen, de lijnen op het speelveld trekken: onzichtbare, maar belangrijke klussen die een wedstrijd mogelijk maken. Maar wie is DE MATERIAALMAN eigenlijk?

In de derde aflevering van HET PERSONAGE geven vijf schrijvers, een fluitist en een beeldend kunstenaar DE MATERIAALMAN een stem.

Een avond over materialen binnen en buiten de sport: over twaalftoonsmuziek, kleedkamerhaakjes en cornervlaggen, maar ook over de straat als magazijn voor de kunstenaar en een ode aan een uitstervend beroep.

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Posted on Tuesday May 14 2019

Cargo in Context (group) NL




When: 10th May - 8th June 2019


Where: Cargo in Context
De Bonte Zwaan Haparandadam 7-b8,
1013 AK, Amsterdam
+31 (0)6 21439157


With Sepideh Behrouzian (IR), Oleg Elagin (RU), Cecilia Hendrikx (NL), Zeinab Shahidi Marnani (IR), Paulien Oltheten (NL) and Oksana Stogovab (RU); curated by Irina Leifer.


Impossible Journeys (…) intends to offer new perspectives on art, travel and participation and investigates

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Posted on Tuesday May 14 2019

Voordekunst crowdfunding (EN/NL)


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Non is a new book by visual artist Paulien Oltheten, made during a stay in Paris. The book consists of a photo series and an audio transcript in which random passers-by give many new meanings to the word 'non' (no).

The design is by Felix Salut, it will be published by Roma Publications and printed at robstolk in Amsterdam.

In order to print this book in the desired quality I need financial support. I hope to receive your help with this in the form of a pre-order, donation or excursion.

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Posted on Thursday February 21 2019

Nieuw Dakota (solo) (NL)




When: 3 t/m 31 maart 2019


Where: Nieuw Dakota
Ms. van Riemsdijkweg 41b
1033RC Amsterdam


Do / Vrij: 11:00 tot 18:00 u

Za / Zo: 12:00 tot 18:00 u

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Posted on Friday February 01 2019

Zilveren Camera Prijs voor Storytelling (NL)


When: 2 feb t/m 31 maart

Where: Museum Hilversum

Kerkbrink 6

1211 BX Hilversum
T 035 533 9601

Openingstijden: Ma t/m zo van 11.00 uur tot 17.00 uur


Deze 70ste editie van de Zilveren Camera laat meer dan 200 indrukwekkende nieuwsfoto’s zien van in totaal 55 fotografen. Niet alleen de beste persfoto’s van het afgelopen jaar maar ook de winnaars voor de Prijs voor Storytelling,

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Posted on Friday February 01 2019

Hôtel de ville, Paris (FR)


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Where: Exposition gratuite à l’Hôtel de Ville - Salle Saint-Jean - 5 rue de Lobau (4e) Métro : Hôtel de Ville

When: Du 5 novembre 2018 au 5 janvier 2019


Hours: Ouvert tous les jours sauf dimanches et jours fériés de 10h à 18h30 (dernière entrée à 17h30)


The Photographier Paris exhibition endeavours to reinvent this vibrant, diverse city through the eyes of sixteen artists from all walks of life. They connect with Paris and its surroundings using a myriad of quirky, surprising and unusual styles

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Posted on Wednesday October 31 2018

Atelier Néerlandais, Paris (FR)


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DDK live #38 Paris Photo edition - Crossing Borders

When: 9th November 2018


Hours: 15:30 - 17:00


Location:121 Rue de Lille, Paris


Free entrance, sign up via (required!)
Contact : Lotti Pronk


A collaboration between DuPho (Dutch association of professional photographers) & het Nederlands Fotomuseum at Atelier Néerlandais in Paris.


This edition will spotlight Dutch photography, investigating boundaries and crossing borders. How is Dutch photography presented in an era in which creative and technological opportunities are evolving?

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Posted on Wednesday October 31 2018

Lauréate Nouveau Prix Découverte ! (FR)





Samedi soir, ont été dévoilé les noms des deux lauréates de la nouvelle formule du Prix Découverte des Rencontres d’Arles, soutenu par la Fondation Louis Roederer et Polka. Paulien Oltheten remporte le prix du jury doté de 15.000 euros sous forme d’acquisition d’œuvres. L’artiste néerlandaise, dont la candidature a été proposée par la galerie parisienne Les Filles du calvaire, a été choisie pour son travail sur La Défense.

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Posted on Monday July 09 2018

Les Rencontres d'Arles 2018 (FR)



Nouveau Prix Découverte 2018

2 july - 23 sept 2018

Happy to announce that my project about La Défense is nominated for the Prix Découverte in Arles this year!


En 1930, l’écrivain et dramaturge Bertolt Brecht, écrivait dans sa pièce L’exception et la règle : « Observez bien le comportement des gens : trouvez-le surprenant, même s’il n’est pas singulier et inexplicable, même s’il est ordinaire et incompréhensible, même s’il est la règle ». Les photographies, les performances et les vidéos de Paulien Oltheten semblent vouloir explorer ce qu’il y a de commun et à la fois d’extraordinaire dans le comportement humain dans l’espace public. Sa méthode de travail est basée sur

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Posted on Tuesday March 27 2018

PAC milano (IT)




What: Performance, La Defense, a live photo video essay


When:Friday 2nd March 



Where:PAC is located at 14, via Palestro in Milan.


3 days of meetings, flashbacks, screenings and performances free and open to the public with artists, curators, critics, scholars. The PAC recounts the performing arts and for the first time opens its archive. With Dora Garcia, Vitto Acconci, Gina Pane, Paulien Oltheten, Louis Keidan and others...

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Posted on Wednesday February 21 2018

Amsterdam Art weekend at IDFA (NL)




Date: 25 Nov 2017


Time: 14-16 hrs


Where: EYE Filmmuseum
IJpromenade 1
1031 KT Amsterdam

My contribution is a live photo video essay:‘La Défense, le regard qui s'essaye’ 2017


Amsterdam Art Weekend teams up with IDFA to screen a number of films by artists represented by Amsterdam galleries, as well as residents of the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten and De Ateliers. The program is curated by Joost Daamen (Programmer, IDFA), Anna Abrahams (Programmer EYE on Art, EYE Filmmuseum) and Karen Archey (Curator of Contemporary Art, Time-based Media, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam).

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Posted on Tuesday October 10 2017

Museum Hilversum (NL)




21 oktober t/m 10 december 2017

Museum Hilversum
Kerkbrink 6
1211 BX Hilversum


Videokunst is kunstzinnig en documentair, en tegelijkertijd lichtvoetig en entertainend. Classic Video Art toont een overzicht van single screen Nederlandse videokunst; videokunst op één enkele monitor. De tentoonstelling neemt je mee langs de ontwikkeling van de rol van video in relatie tot televisiecultuur: van een uitgesproken maatschappijkritische tot de meer artistieke benadering van vandaag.

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Posted on Monday October 09 2017

Jeu de Paume, Paris (FR)




La Défense, le regard qui s'essaye

Une performance photographique et un essai vidéo de Paulien Oltheten

le 19 septembre 2017

21h00 - 22h00

Concorde, Paris

Le Jeu de Paume accueille l’artiste néerlandaise Paulien Oltheten pour clôturer la programmation culturelle autour de l’exposition Ed Van der Elsken. Auteur de l’un des essais du catalogue, elle propose au public une performance inédite dans laquelle l’homme et l’espace public sont les enjeux centraux : des thèmes chers et partagés avec Ed Van der Elsken.

Sous nos yeux, l'artiste Paulien Oltheten trie et manipule une sélection d’images imprimées, d’objets et de vidéos. Son cheminement dans les images esquisse une cartographie du comportement humain dans les espaces publics des grandes villes.

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Posted on Friday September 15 2017

Jeu de Paume, Le magazine (FR)




Paulien Oltheten : une interaction visuelle avec Ed van der Elsken

L’artiste Paulien Oltheten a réalisé pour le magazine une performance à huis-clos, dans son atelier à la Cité internationale des Arts à Paris. La captation vidéo présentée ici montre la manière dont cette artiste produit des interactions visuelles avec les images fixes ou animées d’Ed van der Elsken. Au cours de cette performance Paulien Oltheten met en jeu ses propres photographies et vidéos, captées dans l’espace public, parmi celles d’Ed van der Elsken. Elle filme la table sur laquelle elle active les images et projette cette captation en temps réel sur le mur derrière elle. Certaines vidéos préenregistrées dans sa caméra sont également diffusées par intermittence.

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Posted on Sunday September 10 2017

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (NL)


Sunday Seminar | The Moving Page: At the Crossroads of Cinema and Photobook


23 Apr 2017

Time: 3 - 5 pm

Location: Teijin auditorium

The Stedelijk Museum proudly presents a program on the relations between cinema and photobooks, in conjunction with the exhibition Ed van der Elsken - Camera in Love ( Feb 4 – May 21, 2017).
Guest speakers:
-Curator of Photography Hripsimé Visser (Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam)
-Head of the photo collection Roland Fischer-Briand (Austrian Film Museum)
-Curator Tamara Berghmans (FOMU – Fotomuseum Antwerp)
-Artist Paulien Oltheten (lives and works in Amsterdam and Paris)
-Creative director and publisher Lesley A Martin (The PhotoBook Review, Aperture)
-Freelance curator and researcher Daria Tuminas (lives and works in Amsterdam)
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Posted on Sunday March 26 2017

Where do we go from here (NL)


Nieuw Amsterdams Peil - Where Do We Go From Here?
Group exhibition in the Jordaan, Amsterdam

14-01 till 25-02, 2017


My work is on view at Annet Gelink Gallery and Ellen de Bruijne Gallery

Open Tuesday to Saturday 10 - 6 pm.


“Careless speech has rarely had such disturbing consequences. The recent US Presidential election, the British Brexit vote, the upcoming Dutch national elections - what better time to question the role of speech, Who speaks, Who acts? There is a significant sense that we simply don’t understand the direction of travel currently being followed. Now, at the beginning of 2017, there are many rallying cries to make this year different to the last. Where do we go from here? starts with this question” (Vincentelli).


Participating artists among others: Maria Barnas (NLD), Yael Bartana (ISR), Otto Berchem (COL/USA), Dora García (ESP), Sigurdur Gudmundsson (ISR), Alexandra Leykauf (DEU), Cristina Lucas (ESP), David Maljkovic (HRV), Navid Nuur (NLD), Paulien Oltheten (NLD), Anna Ostoya (USA),  Amalia Pica (ARG), Falke Pisano (NLD), Sue Tompkins (GBR).

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Posted on Sunday February 05 2017

Ed van der Elsken - Camera in Love (NL)


Contribution to exhibition catalogue


The catalogue is available online, in the museum shop and in selected bookshops.


288 pages | design: Mevis & Van Deursen | Dutch museum edition softcover € 29,95, hardcover € 39,95, Publisher Hannibal | English edition hardcover, Prestel Publishing, € 39,95 | French edition hardcover, Éditions Xavier Barral, € 39,95.

The Stedelijk Museum exhibition is accompanied by an exhaustive publication that examines the life and work of Ed van der Elsken. The volume features essays by Hripsimé Visser, David Campany, Colin van Heezik and Susan Aasman together with a unique collection of his most celebrated works in black and white, and color – images that, today, are among the most iconic of Dutch photographic history. The publication also includes written odes to Ed van der Elsken by artists Nan Goldin, Paulien Oltheten and Valerie Jouve, each of whom is inspired and influenced by his work.

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Posted on Sunday February 05 2017

Eye Film Museum / IDFA (NL)




Amsterdam Art Weekend at IDFA: Familiar Strangers

26 November 2016

14:00, EYE Cinema 2

Compilation of video art in collaboration with Amsterdam Art Weekend: Jokes, Kapitalism, The New Dress, Selfies aan Zee, Mothership Goes to Brazil, 120'

Amsterdam Art Weekend teams up with IDFA to screen a number of films by artists represented by Amsterdam art galleries, as well as residents of the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten and De Ateliers. The program is curated by Joost Daamen (Programmer IDFA) and Bart Rutten (Head of Collections at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam).

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Posted on Saturday November 05 2016

Marres, Maastricht (NL)


The Measure of our Traveling Feet




The exhibition The Measure of our Traveling Feet focuses on the social and cultural significance of migration. What does the world beyond the border have to offer? In which ways does travel change the past and alter identities? Paulien Oltheten has documented her journey on current and historical routes from eastern and central Europe to the west. Shilpa Gupta

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Posted on Wednesday August 03 2016

Photography Performing Humor (BE)


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Performance Sifting and Sorting / Centrifugal Thoughts

As part of Photography Performing Humor Conference & Exhibition in Brussels, 24-25 November 2015


When: November 25th, 2015

Time: 20:00 - 21:30

Where: deBuren, Leopoldstraat 6, 1000 Brussel


Humour has always been a part of the art of taking photographs, whether it concerns popular tower of Pisa images or more subtle comic images in art photography. Visual artist Paulien Oltheten (NL) and film historian and photographer Hilde D’haeyere (BE; KASK School of Arts) present their work around photography and humour and discuss it with each other. Liesbeth Decan (LUCA School of Arts) and Mieke Bleyen (KU Leuven) introduce and moderate the evening.

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Posted on Wednesday November 11 2015

Independent Publishing Fair (SP)




A sort of lecture, a performance by Paulien Oltheten


When: Saturday November 28th
Time: 5.30 - 6.30 pm


Where: The Folio CLub
It is located on the industrial neighbourhood of Poblenou (Barcelona)
at Roc Boronat, 37 (Metro Llacuna, Line 4), Barcelona


Right after the performance, at 7.00 pm till 8.00 pm, I take part in a conversation about performance, film, and the pleasure of holding a book between Sébastien Planas (FILAF Festival director), Paulien Oltheten (visual artist), Miguel Ángel Tornero (visual artist).


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Posted on Wednesday November 11 2015

KW Berlin (DE)


The Performative Minute


Thursday, October 1st
19 h

Auguststraße 69, 10117 Berlin

Fee: 3 €, in English

In her series SIFTING AND SORTING / CENTRIFUGAL THOUGHTS, Paulien Oltheten engages with the way she orders, classifies and assigns meaning to her photographs, texts, and videos. By narrating her view on specific visual and behavioral patterns in public space, she aims to implicate the viewer in a contagious sense of curisity.

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Posted on Tuesday September 22 2015

UNSEEN Photo Fair (NL)




Galerie Fons Welters is pleased to invite you to Unseen Photo Fair Amsterdam

18 - 20 Sep 2015

( Opening September 17th at 6pm )

In stand no. 23 we will present new works by:

Claire Harvey
Gabriel Lester
Paulien Oltheten
Berend Strik

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Posted on Tuesday September 15 2015

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (NL)

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Addition: Gift Pieter and Marieke Sanders


18 Sept 2015 - 03 Jan 2016


Stedelijk Museum
Museumplein 10
1071 DJ Amsterdam


A selection of works from the gift of Pieter and Marieke Sanders presented in dialog with the collection of the Stedelijk. "..." The collection presentation focuses on works that transform the commonplace into the extraordinary. It also reveals how art makes the transition from a private, informal context to the public realm of the museum space.


The exhibition features work by artists including Jan Andriesse, Marinus Boezem, Alicia Framis, Ryan Gander, David Jablonowski, Job Koelewijn, Navid Nuur, Paulien Oltheten, Amalia Pica, Stephen Waddell, Marijke van Warmerdam and Wassink/Lundgren.

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Posted on Wednesday September 09 2015

Museum van Loon (NL)




Something Thrown in The Way of the Observer

28 juni – 31 augustus 2015


Museum Van Loon 
Keizersgracht 672 
1017 ET Amsterdam

Something Thrown in the Way of the Observer is a group exhibition at Museum van Loon. Amidst tables and cupboards from which visitors keep a respectful distance, six artists examine how things move us.

With: Batia Suter/ Richtje Reinsma/ Luuk Schröder/ Paulien Oltheten/ Rosa Sijben/ Uta Eisenreich & curated by Bernke Klein Zandvoort

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Posted on Wednesday July 01 2015

Fondatione Antonio Ratti (IT)




I will take part in the CSAV 2015 – Artists Research Laboratory


Invited artist: Yvonne Rainer


6-31 July 2015

Fondatione Antonio Ratti

Villa Sucota
Via per Cernobbio, 19
22100 Como - Italy


“Using body, voice, objects, we shall attempt to extrapolate and combine performative fragments from theoretical and literary texts, videos, autobiography, environmental observations, news reports, and from interactions between and among participants in the workshop itself.”( Yvonne Rainer)


Participants: Harold Batista (USA), Alexis Blake (USA), Barbara Boiocchi (Italia), Mikaela Boxström (Finlandia), Eduardo Cachucho (Sud Africa/Portogallo), Giovanni Paolo Fedele (Italia), Cassandra Guan (Cina), Clara J:son Borg (Svezia), Przemek Kaminski (Polonia), Devos Klaas (Belgio), Emma La Morte (Canada), Luzie Meyer (Germania), Paulien Oltheten (Olanda), Luna Paese (Italia), Amol Patil (India), Eshan Rafi (Canada/Pakistan)

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Posted on Tuesday May 05 2015

NCCA, Moscow (RU)

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New Media Program NCCA
Performance, discussion

24th April, 2015
7.30 pm

Entrance fee 150 rub.
Reduce - 75 rub.
Students of art schools - free

In this performance Oltheten offers a staged rendition of the way she handles her visual archive when at work in her studio, in a sense performing her own behavior as an artist. Sorting through a selection of print and moving images, which are simultaneously projected as a slide show, Oltheten elaborates on her methods for mapping particular aspects of human behavior. Oltheten orders a seemingly random selection of images into clusters, based on recurrent patterns. This live presentation is at once a performance, an anthropological investigation, an auto-contextualization of Oltheten’s own work, and an instructive viewing exercise: by letting the audience in on her own ways of seeing and sorting, as well as by sharing the stories behind images, she allows others to draw their own connections within this selection from her archive.

Performance supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

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Posted on Monday April 20 2015

Helmhaus Zurich (CH)


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THU 26. Feb at 6.30 pm


For the occasion of the exhibition «hiStories – Geschichte in Geschichten» at Helmhaus Zürich, artist duo Gian-Reto Gredig and Goran Galić set up an evening with performances by Ohad Ben Shimon (IL/FR), Paulien Oltheten (NL) and Ryan Rivadeneyra (US).

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Posted on Wednesday February 25 2015

Oude kerk (NL)



The artist speaks

( as part of Capital A weekend)


When: Sat 29th and Sun 30th Nov 2014

Time: 13:30-17.20

My performance starts both days at 4.15pm!


Where: Oude Kerk, Oudekerksplein 23, 1012 GX Amsterdam


With: Hedwig Houben, Melanie Bonajo, Frank Koolen en Paulien Oltheten.


About my performance: Oltheten uses public space as her field of operation, taking humans in relation to their surroundings as her main subject. In photography and video she selects particular kinds of postures, patterns and behaviours. In her pseudo-lectures the artist weaves various works into a narrative structure, stacking them both formally and in time. This new lecture, too, results in a piece that may be positioned between performative archive, anthropological study and documentary.

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Posted on Wednesday November 19 2014

Rongwrong (NL)


Absent-minded young typist

Opening nov 22th 6-9 pm


Binnen Bantammerstraat n.2

1011 CK,  Amsterdam

Works by: Sadie Benning, Xavier Boussiron, Karl Holmqvist, Brendan Anton Jaks, Valéry Larbaud,
Guillaume Maraud and a.o., Paulien Oltheten, Contingenza Veti.

Many years before he was affected by a stroke, which left him with a severe aphasia, French poet and translator Valéry Larbaud wrote Rldasedlrad les dlcmhypbdf

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Posted on Wednesday November 19 2014

Chair man at IDFA (NL)


Paradocs: Amsterdam Art Weekend at IDFA

Screening 28th November at 6pm

Eye Cinema 2 

Address: IJpromenade 1, 1031KT Amsterdam

Chair Man is a live edit of video footage shot by Paulien Oltheten in Nicaragua. It shows her repeatedly following a man who carries a plastic chair on his head while riding a bicycle to and from work. Fascinated by this phenomenon – his balancing act – Oltheten continues to film him. Her presence begins to exert an influence on his daily routine...

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Posted on Monday November 10 2014

Parallel Program Manifesta 10 (RU)

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Local Library Window


4.09 — 25.09 2014

Vernissage: 4.09 17:00-20.00

Artist's Talk: 18:00

Between July and October, ‘Local Library Window’ hosts a series of exhibitions entitled ‘Inventing Everyday Life’, which has been included in the parallel program of the European biennale for Contemporary Art ‘Manifesta 10’.

‘Local Library Window: contemporary art about everyone for everyone’ is a project in a remote residential area, in which an outdoor library window is used as the exhibition space. This curatorial intervention aims to move contemporary art practices beyond the museum-gallery system toward a wider audience and to examine the different manifestations of everyday life in a place of its most apparent concentration.

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Posted on Wednesday September 10 2014

Museum für Photographie Braunschweig (DE)


Paulien Oltheten / A moment of slowing down

8th August - 5th October 2014


Mit dem Verhalten von Passanten, Körperskulpturen des Zufalls und Situationskomik erkunden die Fotografien Paulien Olthetens das Genre des Schnappschusses. Oltheten lotet dabei bewusst die Gesetzmäßigkeiten des Ephemeren aus, in vielen ihrer Aufnahmen kann vom Betrachter nicht nachvollzogen werden, ob es sich um eine tatsächliche Momentaufnahme handelt oder ob er unfreiwillig Zeuge einer Inszenierung der kleinen Gesten geworden ist.


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Posted on Monday September 01 2014

Oude Kerk Amsterdam (NL)





June 5, 2014 , 20:00-22:00


Tickets: euro 7
Doors open at 7.30pm


With lectures and performance by: Austin Houldsworth, Naro Snackey, Paulien Oltheten and Ruth Legg.


How does the artwork relate to a world in flux? To what extent do context, perception and interpretation change the value, meaning, essence of an artwork?

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Posted on Tuesday June 03 2014

Arti et Amicitiae Amsterdam (NL)




Staged City

may 24th - june 22th 2014
opening: Vrijdag 23 mei 20 uur


with: Jan Adriaans, Maria Barnas, Robbie Cornelissen, Pawel Jaszczuk, Lucas Lenglet, Petra Noordkamp, Paulien Oltheten, Pablo Pijnappel, Diana Scherer, Arjan van Helmond, Sarah van Sonsbeeck, Batia Suter, Rogier Taminiau and Elisabeth Tonnard.


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Posted on Tuesday May 13 2014

Performance at Kask Ghent (BE)




Chair man

14th May 2014 at 9pm


Entrance KASK (School of Arts) via: Louis Pasteurlaan 2, 9000 Gent. 


Met veel plezier nodigt vzw Punctum u uit voor een performance van een van onze favoriete fotograferende noorderburen. Met eigenzinnige observaties bewijst Paulien Oltheten dat ze regels en conventies van de documentaire fotografie virtuoos naar haar hand kan zetten.

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Posted on Tuesday May 13 2014





11th may - 8th june

Crox 463

Aukje Koks & Paulien Oltheten

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Posted on Thursday April 10 2014

CANVAS Connectie



Saturday 13th april 8:40pm on CANVAS

Duration: 30 min


"Soms heb ik het idee dat ik gelijk heb als ik iets zie." De Nederlandse Paulien Oltheten (31) maakt foto's en video's van mensen, houdingen en bewegingen die ze opmerkt in de publieke ruimte. In het Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam stelt ze haar particuliere interpretatie van straatfotografie tentoon. De Canvasconnectie treft haar in haar studio in Amsterdam tussen bergen nieuw materiaal op de grond en aan de muren na een jaar rondkijken in de straten van New York. Met plezier verdwaalt Paulien Oltheten in ons album op zoek naar beelden en kunstenaars die haar inspireren.

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Posted on Thursday April 03 2014

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam


Paulien Oltheten & Anouk Kruithof

14th march - 8 june 2014

In their work, young artists Paulien Oltheten and Anouk Kruithof present a fresh, unexpected interpretation of street photography. A fascination for people on the street can be seen in the work of Oltheten in a personal archive that comprises photos, videos and text.

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Posted on Friday December 20 2013

Vera List Centre


Performance and Discussion

Wed 6 nov 2013 6.30PM-8.00PM

Free admission

The New School, Theresa Lang Community & Student Center 
55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor
New York City


Dutch artist Paulien Oltheten explores the vagaries of human relations in public space. In an ongoing process that oscillates between video, photography, and drawings, the artist records, tracks, and assembles visual and conceptual patterns in the encounter of people and things, revealing the shifts and ruptures between them. For this event, Oltheten performs one of her "Sort of Lectures" in which she interweaves different works in a narrative structure

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Posted on Monday October 14 2013

Institut français Istanbul


Espace In/Civils




11 - 20 september 2013

With: Lida Abdul, Vahram Aghasyan, Allora & Calzadilla, Fikret Atay, The Atlas Group, Ursula Biemann, Dara Birnbaum, Denicolai & Provoost, Sebastian Diaz-Morales, Peter Downsbrough, Simonetta Fadda, Group REP, Clarisse Hahn, Jean Charles Hue, Bouchra Khalili, Thomas Koner, Ugo La Pietra, Fabrice Lauterjung, Maha Maamoun, Dimitri Makhomet, François Nouguiès, Paulien Oltheten, Javier Tellez, Jack Beng Thi, Salla Tykka, Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas, Gillian Wearing, Artur Zmijewski

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Posted on Tuesday September 10 2013

Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP)


Of Walking

Oct 19 — Dec 22, 2013


Walking is one of humankind's most basic acts. As Rebecca Solnit has written, "the passage through a landscape echoes or stimulates the passage through a series of thoughts. And so one aspect of the history of walking is the history of thinking made concrete-for the motions of the mind cannot be traced, but those of the feet can." The exhibition Of Walking  will explore the concept of thinking (while walking) made concrete via the camera's lens and other means. 

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Posted on Wednesday August 07 2013

UNSEEN Photo Fair


26 -29 september 2013


Represented by Gallery Fons Welters

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Posted on Wednesday August 07 2013

Lewis Glucksman Gallery


Modern Families: Relatives and Relationships in Art

25 July - 3 November 2013

Artists: Nevin AladaÄŸ, Gerard Byrne, Chosil Kil, Clemens Krauss, Marko Mäetamm, Trish Morrissey, Isabel Nolan, Mark O’Kelly, Paulien Oltheten, Reto Pulfer, Audrey Reynolds, Lasse Schmidt Hansen, Eulalia Valldosera, and Yang Fudong

Curated by Chris Clarke and Matt Packer

In recent times, the traditional nuclear family has expanded to incorporate a range of relationships. Including a vast and fluid network of in-laws, half-siblings, acquaintances and partners, the idea of the ‘family’ is also found across numerous disciplines, from scientific systems of classification to the genealogies of language and culture.

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Posted on Friday July 26 2013

Arts Holland Blog


Seeing and seeing again: a unique view of humanity


written by Paul Laster


A remarkable chronicler of everyday life, Paulien Oltheten makes photographs, videos, and drawings that celebrate both the common and quirky sides of human behaviour. Traveling around the world with a camera in hand for the past decade, the talented young artist has accumulated a personal archive of thousands of images of people crossing streets, taking public transportation, gathering for events, and caught in a variety of moments of movement and repose.

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Posted on Wednesday July 10 2013

Unseen travels to Venice


28 May to 7 June 2013


Between 8 - 10 AM, 1 - 2 PM and 8 - 10 PM each day


Location: Riva Ca’ di Dio (near the Arsenale boat stop)


With Kim Boske, Paulien Oltheten, Sarah Carlier, Koen Hauser, Misha de Ridder, Jacobine van Hellemond, and Pierre Derks. 

Unseen will bridge the gap between national and international and between the undiscovered and one of the most famous contemporary art exhibitions in the world. In collaboration with, the Urban Screen Network for the Digital and Interactive Arts, Unseen will travel to Venice to present the work of seven young Dutch talents on a platform with no boundaries, in an open-air museum with no walls.

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Posted on Monday May 27 2013

Fieldwork Marfa


Guest Artist/Advisor

20th may 2013 - 10th june 2013
Marfa, Texas

Check the blog for daily updates !

Partners:TAAK, Dutch Art Institute, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, California College of Arts
Curator: Theo Tegelaers


Summer School Marfa is a three week fieldtrip and student fieldwork studio from May 20 to June 10 2013 in Marfa, Texas for students from the Dutch Art Institute, Sandberg Instituut / Gerrit Rietveld Academie en California College of Arts (CCA)  and organized by TAAK. The aim is to expand contemporary discourses, social practices and politics in art to create a unique experience and opportunity for students and to gain an understanding of the dynamics and social impact of art in public spaces. By examining the transformation of Marfa, students engage in a critical analysis of the value and use of public art using fieldwork methods. 

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Posted on Tuesday May 07 2013

Open Studio's ISCP


APRIL 26, 2013 - APRIL 28, 2013

opening reception
friday, april 26th, 6-9pm


hours: saturday - sunday
april 27-28th, 1 - 7pm


The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) Spring Open Studios is a three-day exhibition of international contemporary art. The 28 artists and curators from 20 countries currently in residence present work in their studios. The studio is a generative space – part production site, office, laboratory and situation – and it can be argued that it is more significant today for artistic process than ever before. Open Studios invites the public to 28 “studio visits” to experience art in its place of origin and to share conversations with artists and curators from all over the world. 

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Posted on Friday April 19 2013

Brooklyn Commons: Jonas Mekas and Paulien Oltheten



APRIL 16, 2013 6:30PM at ISCP Brooklyn

Announced by the Observer


Seating is limited so please arrive early. 

Brooklyn Commons, a discussion series this spring at ISCP, presents intellectual and artistic pairings between the established Brooklyn-based artist community and ISCP residents. This series puts artists in conversation who have not shared a dialogue in the past and focuses on the vibrant and diverse cultural practitioners living and working in Brooklyn, both long- and short-term.

On April 16th, Jonas Mekas and Paulien Oltheten will reflect on the spontaneous chronicling of life and human behavior.

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Posted on Tuesday April 16 2013

longlist Prix de Rome (NL)




Longlist Prix de Rome 2013 bekend


Het Mondriaan Fonds heeft de namen bekend gemaakt van 50 beeldend kunstenaars die zijn voorgedragen voor de Prix de Rome 2013. De kunstenaars werden voorgedragen door een groep van 35 scouts (onder meer kunstenaars, critici, curatoren).

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Posted on Monday February 18 2013

ISCP New York



01 january - 31 december 2013
The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) is a leading nonprofit, residency-based contemporary art institution for emerging to mid-career artists and curators from around the world. Founded in 1994, ISCP has hosted over 1,300 artists and curators from more than 55 countries, including the United States.

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Posted on Tuesday January 01 2013

Australian Centre for Contemporary Art



Group exhibition
Desire Lines 

15 december 2012 - 3 march 2013

Exhibiting Artists:

Francis Alÿs, Samuel Beckett, Pierre Bismuth, Marcel Broodthaers, Mircea Cantor, A K Dolven, Jacqueline Donachie, Willie Doherty, Tacita Dean, Rodney Graham, Joan Jonas, Leopold Kessler, Eva Koch, Jochen Kuhn, Rachel Lowe, Richard Long, David Link, Todd McMillan, Bruce Nauman, Mel O’Callaghan, Paulien Oltheten, Yvonne Rainer, Dan Shipsides, Shipsides and Beggs Projects, Charlie Sofo, Grant Stevens, Stephen Sutcliffe, Robert Smithson, Lawrence Weiner, Catherine Yass, and Akram Zaatari.

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Posted on Saturday December 15 2012

Gallery Fons Welters




Solo exhibition
It's my imagination you know 

08 september - 27 october 2012
In Paulien Oltheten’s third solo exhibition at Galerie Fons Welters, observation and imagination cross paths. The exhibition ‘It’s my imagination, you know’ is composed of a selection of photographs and videos made during the artist’s travels in Burma, Israel and Russia over the last few years.

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Posted on Wednesday September 05 2012



Group exhibition
Alumni of the Rijksakademie

31 August - 14 October 2012 


With Gwenneth Boelens, Lotte Geeven & Semâ Bekirovic, Zachary Formwalt, Gert Jan Kocken, Alexandra Leykauf, Paulien Oltheten and Fiona Tan.

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Posted on Wednesday August 08 2012

ARTEZ studium generale (NL)


Spelen, een lezing van Tijs Goldschmidt

27 april 2012

Tijdens de manifestatie gaf Tijs Goldschmidt een lezing over de ernst van het spel waarin hij sprak over de biologische betekenis van spelen bij verschillende diersoorten, inclusief de mens. Een selectie video's over spelen van Paulien Oltheten ondersteunde zijn lezing

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Posted on Friday April 27 2012

The Dutch Photobook




available march 2012


Design: Studio Joost Grootens, Illustrated (colour), Hardback, 240 pages, 24 x 28 cm
English edition, ISBN 978-90-5662-846-8, € 59.50

Editors: Frits Gierstberg, Rik Suermondt
Authors: Wim van Sinderen, Claudia Kussel, Patricia Börger, Pim Milo, Flip Bool, Karen Duking, Max van Rooij, Tamara Berghmans, Mirelle Thijsen, Bart Sorgedrager, Mireille de Putter, Pieter van Leeuwen, Karin Krijgsman
Photography: Hans Bol

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Posted on Thursday March 01 2012

Dvir gallery


Solo exhibition
Kitbag questions 

30 June - 10 September 2011

Dvir Gallery is happy to invite you to the opening of the exhibition: "Kitbag questions  (work from archive 2006-2011)"

Opening: June 30th, 2011, 8 pm (performance by the artist at 9 pm) 

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Posted on Saturday June 25 2011

Winner Dutch Doc Award 2012 (NL)




De Dutch Doc Award 2012 voor documentaire fotografie is toegekend aan Paulien Oltheten (1982) voor haar project Photos from Japan and my archive. PvdA-kamerlid Ronald Plasterk, die de prijs woensdag in Amsterdam uitreikte, noemde Oltheten een ‘geboren observator en intelligent verteller’.

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Posted on Wednesday June 08 2011