Carina Hesper portraitCarina aims to connect with the viewer through the portraits she makes. Sometimes by capturing her own (possibly manipulated) face, but also by working with people with a special or marginal position in society and vunerable locations like burned down houses. Often this results in works of art and design that are confrontational rather than comfortable, compelling the viewer to take a stand, and to reflect on social issues and developments.

Carina Hesper graduated Cum Laude from the ArtEZ Institute for the Arts in Arnhem. She has exhibited her work in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, Brazil, The United States and China. She was nominated for many prizes - and won several.



NAME Carina Magdalena Hesper




Rotterdam, The Netherlands, July 16th 1983

EDUCATION Fine Art, ArtEZ Institute of the Arts Arnhem, 2004 - 2008 graduated Cum Laude

Workshop Lucy Orta & Morgan Puett, Fashion on the Edge 2004

Fashion Design, ArtEZ Institute of the Arts Arnhem, 2002 - 2004




Marnix de Nijs Rotterdam, December 2006 - April 2007 


Studio Gallery, Shanghai, December 2019

PCCA, Jinxi, China, November 2019

V2_Lab, SummerSessions, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 25 July- 6 Sept 2012

Three Shadows Photography Art Centre Beijing, China, 1st March- 1st July 2012






Henriëtte Polak Museum, Zutphen, NL, July-September 2019

Het Nieuwe Instituut, 4-18 December 2018, Rotterdam 

The Reading Laboratory, 18 November-5 March 2018, Museum Meermanno, The Hague

QPN Photo Festival, 15 September-15 October 2017, Nantes, France

Deconstructed Dinner, Bram's, exhibition in public space, 15 August-15 November 2017, Rotterdam

SYART Gallery, Beijing, China, May 2017

Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing, book launch Like a Pearl in my Hand, 18 March 2017

OBJECT Rotterdam, February 2017

Open Studio's Borgerstraat, Rotterdam, February 2017

FOAM, Amsterdam, book launch Like a Pearl in my Hand, 19 January 2017

PLEK Store, Rotterdam, December 2016

Photofestival Schiedam, 16-25 October 2015

Lislokaal Rotterdam, 27 September-December 2015

ARS Electronica 4-5 September 2015, Linz, Austria

Borgerstraat Open Studios during Art Rotterdam, 2015

Fragmented Narration -"Narracao Fragmentada", Sao Paulo, 2014 

Mediawand Rotterdamse Schouwburg, 'Facing China', 23 May - 19 June 2014 (solo)

UNSEEN Photo Fair, 26-27 September 2013 Amsterdam (solo)

Unfair Art Fair, 14-17 March 2013, Loods 6, Amsterdam

Rotterdam Museumnight, Focuskliniek, 9 March 2013 

RAW China Expo, 6 Feb-9 March 2013, Pakhuis Santos, Rotterdam

Re:Rotterdam Art Fair, 6-10 feb 2013

Mobile Museum, Fabrica, 28 Sept-6 Oct 2012, during Beijing Design Week, China

Offprint UNSEEN photofair, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 19-23 Sept 2012

V2 Institute for the Unstable Media, Rotterdam, Test_Lab 6 September 2012

SBK Dordrecht, duo exhibition, 24 August - 4 October 2012 

F.A.R.T Rotterdam, 30 October 2010 (group)

CED Belgium, Brussels, May-June 2010 (solo)

La Salle Pavés de Verre, Brussels, 6 May 2010 (solo)

Bougie Art Initiatives, P/////AKT Amsterdam, Zeeburgerpad 53, 1019 AB Amsterdam, 6 - 10 May 2010 (group)

CBK Rotterdam, Nieuw in Huis, Nieuwe Binnenweg 75 Rotterdam, 5 September tot 4 October 2009 (group)

"Ongekend" Young Masters @ Auction, Prins Hendrikkade 33 Amsterdam, 3 t/m 6 September 2009 (group)

Woningbouwvereniging YMERE, Hoofddorp, The Netherlands, 1st January - 1st March 2009 (solo)

Kunstvereniging Diepenheim, Aanzet! Kunstprijs 2009, Aug/3 September 2008 (group)

Graduation exposition June 2008 (group)

Fashion Biënnale Arnhem 2007 (Hesper & Heek)

DEAF07 Rotterdam 2007 (during internship at Marnix de Nijs)

LUX & Cinemariënburg Nijmegen 2006 (solo)

Blend Store Arnhem 2006 (group)

Jones Arnhem 2006 (group)

Watermuseum Arnhem 2006 (group)



Jury Prize, European Design Awards, 2017

Gold Medal in category Miscellaneous Print, European Design Awards, 2017

Shortlist De Kracht van Rotterdam 2014

Shortlist Offprint Dummy Award, UNSEEN photofair, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, September 2012

Nomination Shortlist René Coelho Prijs 2008, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, August-September 2008

Nomination Young Talent Award, Media Art Festival Friesland, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, September 2008

Nominated first phase Aanzet! Kunstprijs 2009, The Netherlands, August 2008

ACT Festival, finalist best film, Bilbao, Spain, May 2008

Gelre Galleries kunstbeursprijs, first prize, Arnhem, The Netherlands, March 2008

DOCK 11; POOL07 Internationaler Tanzfilmwettbewerb, bronze pearl for editing, Berlin, Germany, August 2007

Woeste Weduwe Festival, juryprize best experimental film, Arnhem, The Netherlands, June 2007

HEMA designcontest, Honourable mention category fashion design, The Netherlands 2005

Kunstbende Rotterdam, 1st prize (Visual Art), The Netherlands 2001


Open Studio & Artist Talk, Studio Gallery Shanghai, December 2020

YIP Art Auction, 2017, 2019

Book signing, Lieu Unique, Libraire Vent d'Ouest, Nantes, France, 16 September 2017

Fotokroniek #38, talk about my work at Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam, 21 February 2017

Workshop Etnomanie, Dutch Photomuseum Rotterdam 2017

Instagram takeover SMBHmag, 2017

Talk about Like a Pearl in my Hand, Lislokaal Rotterdam, 27 november 2016

UNSEEN Photo Fair, talk about my book Like a Pearl in my Hand, 25 September 2016

Convers Rotterdam #62, talk about Like a Pearl in my Hand, 13 April 2016

UNFAIR Auction, Christie's Amsterdam, 15 January 2016

Development of teaching program for exhibition DARK KNEES by Mark Cohen, Dutch Photomuseum Rotterdam 2014

Development of teaching program for exhibition UMBRA by Viviane Sassen, Dutch Photomuseum Rotterdam 2014

Column on about my air period in Beijing, China 2012

Guest teacher, ArtEZ Institute of the Arts, Arnhem 2008-2013

Teacher photography, SKVR Beeldfabriek, Rotterdam 2009-2015

Teacher photography, Buitenkunst, 2011-2015

Development of teaching tutorial ‘Verbeeld Je’ for Dutch Photomuseum Rotterdam 2010

Sketch design for an artwork in the public space of Culemborg, The Netherlands 2010

Employee at TENT Rotterdam 2009-2011

Production assistant NIMK Montevideo / Time Based Arts for 5daysoff Festival 2009

Workshops photography, De Nieuwe Academie, Delft 2009

TV interview with Piet Paris, artistic director Fashion Biënnale 2007

Veldhuizen A, a documentary photographic project Ede, 2006 - 2007

Participation "Dichter bij Couture" I.C.W "Dit is ons werk" 2006

Fashion & studio photographer 2005-now


Yale University, Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, US

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, US

Columbia University, New York, US

Youlhwadang Book Museum, South Korea

Royal Library of The Netherlands, The Hague

Wellesley College, Massachusetts, US

Jack Ginsberg Centre for Book Arts, Johannesburg, South Africa

Center for Book Arts, New York, US

PRATT Institute Library, New York, US

Bibliothèque Nationale de Luxembourg

ING Art Foundation, The Netherlands

Dutch Photo Museum Rotterdam

Central Government (Rijksoverheid), The Netherlands

Akzo Nobel Art Foundation

Aperture Art Foundation

Royal Library, The Hague

Oogziekenhuis Rotterdam

CED Belgium

CBK Rotterdam, NL

YMERE Woningbouwvereniging Hoofddorp, NL

Les Recontres d'Arles library, France

Artevelde Hogeschool, Gent, Belgium

Several private collections in The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Poland, Boston and New York



SYART Gallery Beijing, China, 2017

De Rotterdamse Schouwburg, 2011-2014

Grachtenfestival, Compangie Theater Amsterdam, 12-21 August 2011

WestFest Dance Festival 2011, New York City, United States, 28 April - 1st May

Motel Mozaïque Rotterdam, videowall Schouwburg , The Netherlands, 7-10 April 2011

DANSCAMDANSE, Ghent, Belgium, 10/11/12 November 2010

Temporary Art Space ( Eindhoven, The Netherlands 9/10 September 2010

Open Dans Festival, Lp II Rotterdam, 4th June 2010

KETEL.TV Rotterdam, 2009 & RUimte in BEWEGING, Schiedam, The Netherlands, 24 January 2009

Zaal De Unie, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 30 October 2008

TodaysArt, The Hague, The Netherlands, 26 & 27 September 2008

Nutshuis, The Hague, The Netherlands, 25 September 2008

Festival Filmziget, Budapest, Hungary, 19 & 20 September 2008

René Coelho Prijs, Montevideo, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, September 9th 2008

Media Art Friesland, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, 4-14 September 2008

Wet Paint #10, Arnhem, The Netherlands, July 2008

Cinedans, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, July 2008

ITS Festival, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 2008

Video Bar, Arnhem, The Netherlands, June 2008

ACT Festival, Bilbao, Spain, May 2008

Screendance Festival, Basel, Switzerland, October 2007

Tanz Hautnah Festival, Cologne, Germany September 2007

Danca em Foco, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 2007

DOCK 11, POOL07 Internationaler Tanzfilmwettbewerb, Berlin, Germany 2007

Woeste Weduwe Festival, Arnhem, The Netherlands, June 2007

The Aimee Machine

The oneminutes awards, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2006


Frizzifrizzi, Italië, 8 March 2019

Like a Pearl in my Hand, ISBN 978-94-92051-24-0, January 2017

Réponses Photo Numéro 307, October 2017

Donna magazine, September 2017

Wired Japan, June 2017

Muxmäuschenwild Magazine, May 2017

Eigen Huis & Interieur, April 2017

Focus Magazine, January 2017

NRC, 21 January 2017

Trend Tablet, January 2017

The Myanmar Times, December 4 2015

Medium, November 2015

PF Magazine, November 2015

Urbanautica blog, October 2015

Havenloods, Rotterdam, October 28 2015

The Creators Project, VICE, October 26 2015

RTV Rijnmond, October 23 2015

Metro, Rotterdam, October 23 2015

The Guardian, October 20, 2015, Art and Design section

The Raw Book Blog, 2013


Our age is 13, 2013

Good2B website 2012, interview

O.K.Periodicals 'The Body' issue #5, 2010

FashionClash Maastricht 2010 Campain image

Het Parool, Newspaper, 7 May 2010

LEEN, Center for Visua Arts Rotterdam #9 2010

View Textile Magazine issue nr.88 -, 2009

Maastricht uitmagazine, june 2009 (cover)

BLEND February issue 2009

ABKV ArtEZ Arnhem Catalogue, June 2008

Fine Art Catalogue, June 2008

Mijn plek in Veldhuizen A, Gemeente Ede, 2008

BK informatie, May 2007

Eindexamen Catalogue 2007, ArtEZ Arnhem

Wuhan Arnhem Fashionweek, China (Hesper&Heek)

Glamcult, the April issue 2007 (I.C.W Marnix de Nijs)

De Gelderlander 17/06/2005 (HEMA Design contest)

Television interview TV Rijnmond Rotterdam 2001(Kunstbende)


Gallery Lous Martin Delft, Municipality of Ede (NL), Historic Museum Rotterdam, Montevideo / Time Based Arts Amsterdam, De Nieuwe Academie Delft, Opendans Festival Rotterdam, Rotabs, ALBEDA College, Kirsten Spuijbroek Jewellery,Charlotte Kan, Imme van der Haak, Yarn Unit A/W 2011, Nada van Dalen campain and lookbook, V2_lab



Sanne Schrijver, Maartje Dijkstra, Nico Swinkels, Els Beusen, Renee van Ginkel, Lieveke van Zuylen, Tessa Daamen

Aliki van der Kruijs, Nikki Gilling, Özlem Altin, Steffie Christiaens, Nina Warmerdam, Fleur Goedendorp, Laura van Schie, Charlotte Kan