Hiryczuk / Van Oevelen

Hiryczuk / Van Oevelen is a collaboration between artists/ researchers Elodie Hiryczuk (1977, Avignon) and Sjoerd van Oevelen (1974, Steenbergen). Both studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy (Amsterdam) and respectivey the Sandberg Institute (Amsterdam) and the AA Architectural Association (London). Hiryczuk / Van Oevelen are interested in the workings of perception in humankind's relationship to nature and the landscape. The differences and similarities between Western and Eastern traditions of painting and photography deeply shape their work and thinking. In addition to making art, they write and publish essays online and in magazines such as Philosophy of Photography (UK) and EXTRA – Fotografie in context (BE/NL). Their photographic works have been shown at Looiersgracht 60, Amsterdam (2018), UNSEEN Amsterdam (2017), Bradwolff Projects, Amsterdam (2016), DordtYart, Dordrecht (2013), Museum de Paviljoens, Almere (2012), Contemporary Istanbul (2012). They received a Red Dot Award and were nominated for the 13th annual Van Bommel Van Dam Prize. Their work is part of the collections of AMC Art Collection, Erasmus MC Art Collection, Kasteel Wijlre Estate and Van Den Ende Foundation. Hiryczuk and Van Oevelen have been artists in residence at Arts Initiative Tokyo (2015) and Skaftfell Center for Visual Art in Seydisfjördur, Iceland (2009). They are currently head Moving Image (BA) at ArtEZ AKI Academy of Art and Design (Enschede) and PhD candidates at LUCAS Center for the Arts in Society at Leiden University. Hiryczuk and Van Oevelen are co-founders of Radical Reversibility.

Hiryczuk / Van Oevelen is an artist duo based in Amsterdam.



Program with Hiryczuk / Van Oevelen

Hiryczuk / Van Oevelen

26 September 2021 3:00 pm

Looiersgracht 60, Amsterdam

Artist talk by Hiryczuk/ Van Oevelen about their current (visual) research about what seeing can mean for our relation with the environment.


Hiryczuk / Van Oevelen's Studies

UntitledShoji Ueda1940

Untitled, Shoji Ueda, 1940

Hiryczuk / Van Oevelen Sjoerd van Oevelen Elodie Hiryczuk

The Detached Gaze presents a collection of sources on visual perception and alternative ways of representing space within the realm of photography and painting.

JunipersHiryczuk / Van Oevelen2017

Junipers, Hiryczuk / Van Oevelen, 2017

Hiryczuk / Van Oevelen Elodie Hiryczuk Sjoerd van Oevelen

The project ‘Towards a Gaze Multiple’ is currently conducted by artists and PhD candidates Elodie Hiryczuk and Sjoerd van Oevelen at LUCAS Centre for the Arts in Society at Leiden University.  …  


Hiryczuk / Van Oevelen's Works

Hiryczuk / Van Oevelen Elodie Hiryczuk Sjoerd van Oevelen


The photographic work Gaze Multiple – Hawthorn (2021) comprises five vertical panels presented parallel to each other in a composition inspired by East Asian folding screens.

Man Reading by a WindowHiryczuk / Van Oevelen2005

Man Reading by a Window, Hiryczuk / Van Oevelen, 2005

Hiryczuk / Van Oevelen Elodie Hiryczuk Sjoerd van Oevelen

2005 - 2007

In the series Sceneries the optical perspective of photographic images is manipulated to create a spatial illusion.


Hiryczuk / Van Oevelen Elodie Hiryczuk Sjoerd van Oevelen


The Detached Gaze presents a collection of images and texts Hiryczuk / Van Oevelen have collected during their artistic research over the past 5 years.

The Master of PerspectiveHiryczuk/ Van Oevelen2011

The Master of Perspective, Hiryczuk/ Van Oevelen, 2011

Hiryczuk / Van Oevelen Elodie Hiryczuk Sjoerd van Oevelen


Photography is generally understood as a means to produce images of reality. The analogy between the optical functioning of the photographic lens and our human eye even makes us believe that photography generates an accurate representation of what we see.

El Lissitzky, A. and Pangeometry, 1925 (second diagram)El Lissitzky1925

El Lissitzky, A. and Pangeometry, 1925 (second diagram), El Lissitzky, 1925

Hiryczuk / Van Oevelen Elodie Hiryczuk Sjoerd van Oevelen


From a philosophical point of view the thoughts behind Pangeometry share many resemblances with Eastern concepts in which reality is not exclusively considered from a human perspective.

Field ExperimentsHiryczuk / Van Oevelen2011

Field Experiments, Hiryczuk / Van Oevelen, 2011

Hiryczuk / Van Oevelen Elodie Hiryczuk Sjoerd van Oevelen


In photographs of nature scenes, geometric figures have been stretched with yellow ropes to mark a space in the landscape.

Peaks of PresentHiryczuk/ Van Oevelen2016

Peaks of Present, Hiryczuk/ Van Oevelen, 2016

Hiryczuk / Van Oevelen Elodie Hiryczuk Sjoerd van Oevelen


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Shadow - Light - ReflectionHiryczuk/ Van Oevelen2013

Shadow - Light - Reflection, Hiryczuk/ Van Oevelen, 2013

Hiryczuk / Van Oevelen Elodie Hiryczuk Sjoerd van Oevelen


Shadow–Light–Reflection is an ongoing photographic series consisting of diptychs and quatychs. In this series photographic sequences are employed to reconstruct a landscape – for instance a cedar forest or a group of wild mimosa trees – from a multiplicity of viewpoints.

One Moon in a Thousand SeasHiryczuk / Van Oevelen2018

One Moon in a Thousand Seas, Hiryczuk / Van Oevelen, 2018

Hiryczuk / Van Oevelen Elodie Hiryczuk Sjoerd van Oevelen


One Moon in a Thousand Seas depicts the infinite play of moonlight on the sea surface. The photos show successive reflections of the moon on the water, from a single point of light to increasingly intricate figures and characters, depending on the swell of the sea.