Cheryl Schurgers (1991) is a Dutch visual artist working within performative photography. She received a BFA in photography from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam (2014).
Schurgers explores the way images influence our identity. By recurrently being both the model and photographer, she places her body in different settings and seeks out new methods to construct her reality. She likes to play-off her own meticulously choreographed images against photographic style clichés, referring to fashion photography and film-stills. Although the work often results in a photograph, the process in which her images are made, are grounded in sculpture and performance. The ongoing collection of self-portraits will grow into an archive of self-representation throughout the years.
Her work has been shown at Unseen Photo Fair (Amsterdam), the curated portfolio event Plattform at Fotomuseum Winterthur (Zürich) and commissioned projects at Atelier Néerlandais and Carrousel du Louvre (Paris). She collaborated with Dutch artist Christiaan Zwanikken, for a performance piece, during the Kinetica Art Fair 2013 (London). In 2015 she initiated her first solo-exhibition SAVOUR in a temporary project space in the gallery district of Amsterdam. She is co-founder of Artist-In-Residence Convento Mértola, Portugal.
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