Cheryl Schurgers (b. 1991) is a Dutch visual artist working within performative photo and drawing installations. She received her BFA from the Photography department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and is known for being both the subject and photographer of her works.
The habit of constructing herself and her environment began at age fifteen and is a practice she has consistently developed over the years. While photography has become a desired medium for artists to work with, she felt the need to differentiate her photos by being part of the work herself.
The process of her pictures are private happenings wherein the photograph, as a tool to document the moment, is the endgame. Schurgers’ works are on the verge of vanity projects, thus commenting on the contemporary urge to take control of creating an authentic self.
Ultimately, her work will grow into an archive of self-presentation that reflects her life over the time of her generation. A coming-of-age story through multidisciplinary installations that represents her choreographed enigmatic reality in both photography and drawings.
Her work has been shown at Unseen Photo Fair (Amsterdam), Fotomuseum Winterthur (Zürich), 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). Works are held in private collections across Europe and the United States.