Born Ravenstein, NL, 1971
Nationality NL
'Depictions of Rome 1922-1944' (detail), 2012, 420 x 300 cm,  
Composite of 48 Italian and Allied maps of Rome 1922-1944 'Depictions of Rome 1922-1944' (detail), 2012, 420 x 300 cm, Composite of 48 Italian and Allied maps of Rome 1922-1944

Gert Jan Kocken’s work is an ongoing research into the remembrance and visual representation of pivotal episodes in world history. When these episodes are committed to our collective memory, they form intricate constellations of facts, interpretations, opinions and visual impressions. This process of memorization is influenced by official chronicles and mass media, which offer clear-cut accounts of inherently ambiguous events. Kocken critically engages with these accounts, and offers multiple viewpoints that encourage the contemplation of alternative readings and counterfactual histories. 


Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten/ Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science

2012 | Teva Europe
2011 | Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds - Straver Fonds, NL

2002 | Amsterdamse Fonds voor de Kunst, NL, 'Encouragement Award'

(Selected) solo exhibitions
2010 | Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Schiedam, NL, 'Positions'
2009 | Stuk, Leuven, BE, 'Defacing'
2008 | 21 rozendaal, Enschede, NL, 'Enschede #1 - #7 (2001-2008)'
2007 | Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, NL, 'Defacing'

(Selected) group exhibitions
2012 | KOCHI-MUZIRIS Biennale, Karala, IN (upcoming)
2012 | Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, NL, 'RijksakademieOPEN'
2012 | FOAM, Amsterdam, NL, 'Alumni of the Rijksakademie: RE-SEARCH'
2012 | Extracity, Antwerpen, BE 'How Much Fascism?'
2012 | Sammlung Hoffmann, Berlin, DE, 'Identity'
2011 | Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam, NL, 'RijksakademieOPEN'
2011 | Fundatie, Zwolle, NL, 'Meer Licht (More Light)'
2011 | De Paviljoens Almere, NL, 'The Dutch Identity?'
2011 | Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, IE, 'When Flanders Failed'
2010 | Serralves Foundation, Porto, PT, 'To the Art, Citizens!', (exh. cat.)
2010 | Institute of Social Hypocrisy, Paris, FR, 'Turbo Props'
2010 | Kasteel het Nijenhuis, Heino/Wijhe, NL, 'Louvre in Heino'
2010 | Nest, Den Haag, NL, 'Apetite for Destruction'
2010 | Exhibition Hall of Caja Sol, Sevilla, ES, 'Traces'
2010 | Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL, 'Monumentalism - History and National Identity in Contemporary Art. Proposal for Municipal Art Acquisitions 2010', (exh. cat.)
2010 | Art foyer der Dzbank, Frankfurt am Main, DE, 'Touch of Dutch'
2009 | Autocenter, Berlin, DE, 'One's History is Another's Misery'
2009 | Photography Centre of University of Salamanca, Foto Colectania, Barcelona, ES, 'Traces'
2009 | Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, NL, 'One's History is Another's Misery'
2009 | Eastman Kodak, Rochester & Aperture Gallery, New York (NY), US, 'Nature As Artifice'
2008 | Alte Pinakothek, Munchen, DE, 'Nature As Artifice'
2008 | Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, NL, 'Nature As Artifice'
2008 | Studio Marangoni, Florence, IT, 'Dutch Dare'
2008 | BAK, Utrecht, NL, 'The Return of Religion and other Myths', (Art of Iconoclasm)
2008 | Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, NL, 'Questioning History'
2008 | University of Brighton Gallery, UK, 'The Unwanted Self: Contemporary Photography from the Low Countries’
2008 | NEST/DCR, Den Haag, NL, 'Essentially Absent'

2012 | 'The world according to Gert Jan Kocken', argobooks, Berlin, DE

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, NL
Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Schiedam, NL
Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, NL
Huis Marseille, Amsterdam, NL
Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle, NL
De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam, NL
Sammlung Hoffmann, Berlin, DE