Frijke Coumans (v)


For press and work inquiries contact:



2014 - 2018 AKV|St.Joost Breda, Bachelor of Arts, Photography

2013 - 2014 ArtEZ Institute of the Arts, Arts in Education, admission for Graphic Design

2012 - 2013 AKV|St.Joost 's Hertogenbosch, Orientation Course Arts and Design

Artist Statement

I’m intrigued by the difficult relation between the desire for control and balance, and the desire for chaos and irrationality. I find these seemingly contradictory desires strikingly present in everyday life. The relationship between the not-knowing, not comprehending and our continuing desire seems very important to me. This can be expressed in photography: it ensures that you have to use your imagination.


Agitation in my head and unanswered questions do not fit in harmonious and controlled environments. Unanswered questions represent a need, and fuel my projects and correspond to desire. My photo series are full of chaos, not-knowing, impressions and questions, lead by an apparent makeability born in the mind, which however cannot be controlled.



Ghost Art Project, Season Three Artists, Omaha

Mirrors and Reflections, Loosenart, Rome

Curators Picks - 2019, Gallery Baird, Seattle

Contemporary Art Venice, Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi, Venice


The Georgetown Art Attack, Gallery Baird, Seattle

Nasty Women, De Balie, Amsterdam

Volumes 2019, Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich

Printing Plant Art Book Fair, Looiersgracht 60, Amsterdam Art Weekend, Amsterdam

Hécatombe Magazine Release, Arts Connective, New York City

Salon at Forest, Arts Connective, Yuko Nishikawa, New York City

Civic Art Lab 2019, Arts Connective, Chinatown Soup, New York City

Unseen Book Market 2019, Westergas, Amsterdam

Nearly every thought leads to nothing, WolfArt Project Space/WOLk, Rotterdam

Pro•to•type, Le paradis c'est ici, Alterworks Studios, New York City

The first man who ate a banana was a monkey, Amsterdam

Kunstgrillen, The paradis c'est ici, BarVizart, Antwerpen

Blurring the Lines, European Cultural Centre, Palazzo Mora, Venice

Blurring the Lines, HKU Oudenoord 700, Utrecht

Rotterdam Photo: City Limits, Rotterdam Art Week, Rotterdam

Бредам,Cultuurnacht Breda, Electron, Breda

This is a good kissing spot, Foto Asiel III, AKV|St.Joost, Breda


This Art Fair 2018, Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam

New 2019: Melkweg Expo, Melkweg, Amsterdam

Blurring the Lines, Paris Photo 2018, Paris College of Arts, Paris

NONF #1 Protest in de 21e eeuw, MotMot Gallery, Tilt Festival, Breda

Wijland Festival, Wisentbos, Dronten

Hoveniers van het Verlangen (Graduation Show), Launch 2018, AKV St. Joost, Breda

Het Foto Asiel II, AKV|St.Joost, Breda

Scissors, AKV|St.Joost, Breda

Het Foto Asiel (Open Dag Editie), AKV|St.Joost, Breda


Het Foto Asiel, AKV|St.Joost, Breda

I know what you did last summer (Open Dag Editie), AKV|St.Joost, Breda

I know what you did last summer, Nieuwe Veste, Breda

Love and the ultimate tragedy (Solo exhibition),Museum 't Oude Slot, Veldhoven

Wijland Festival, Wisentbos, Dronten

A Photographer's Journal, Cloud Gallery, Amsterdam

Hole in the wall, AKV|St.Joost 's Hertogenbosch, First Floor


When The Saints Go Marching In, Dutch Design Week 2016, Natlab Eindhoven

Je bent godverdomme niet thuis!, Mengfabriek, 's Hertogenbosch

Betonne Expo II, Zandbergweg, Breda



Looking Glass Edition, Verses Mag

LDCLÜB Online Issue #4, Ladies Drawing Club

Issue 5, Zanna Magazine

Lowland Issue 6, Lowland Magazine

Leap Year - Valentine Day, Är Zine

Love: Issue 12, Polemical Zine

Apero Fine Art Catalogue - January 2020, APÉRO

I Can Hear The Road Call, Jeff Smudde


Le paradis c'est ici, Self Publish

Untitled No.1, Gallery Baird

A5 Magazine, #32 November, A5 Zine

Like a Girl Zine Issue 05, Tyler Elise

Thin fortune, rushed hours, Self Publish


Blurring the Lines, Urbanautica Institute

New Dutch Photography Talent 2019, GUP Magazine

Sleeping with the Fishes, Self Publish

Frijke Coumans 2014 - 2018, Self Publish

Hoveniers van het Verlangen, Self Publish

Happy People, Catalog Launch 2018


Try Purple Without Blue, Self Publish

A Photographer's Journal, Cloud Gallery Amsterdam


Naast mijn verstand, Self Publish

Home, Self Publish

Awards, Residencies and Grants


(upcoming) Residency, Alterworks Studios New York City

Grant, KunstLoc Proeftuin Internationalisering Brabant


Nominated for European Identity Dialogues, Copenhagen Photo Festival

Selected for Arts Connective: Volume One

Longlist Harry Pennings Award, Galerie Pennings


Selected for New Dutch Photography Talent by GUP Magazine

Selected for Blurring the Lines



Read Before Bed, Pigiama Zine

Art In The Outbreak, Oases Art

The Politics of Home, Vacant Museum


Image (3/4) Frijke Coumans, Identity Dialogues Europe

Elaboration 2: Frijke Coumans, FIVE NINE

Bougie Art Gallery Magazine: Body as a language, Bougie Gallery

Frijke Coumans: Gardeners of Desire, Blurring the Lines


Frijke Coumans, This Art Fair

Op weg naar het eindexamen: Frijke Coumans, Kiekie tabloid

The Launch 2018 Graduation Show Breda, Mimi Berlin

Art Spotlight: Frijke Coumans, The 405

Eros and the Endless Desire, Booooooom


We Care, kunstexpositie in samenwerking met De Kunstpraktijk, Cult & Tumult

We Care - Piëta, Museumtijdschrift

Duo-expositie Museum 't Oude Slot & De Kunstpraktijk, Fotobond Brabant Oost

Zolang we blijven fantaseren kunnen we alles zijn wat we willen!, New Dawn Paper

  • frijkecoumans