Cheryl Schurgers (b. 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 in which 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.
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. Over the course of 2020 she posted her recent series HAUNT, a work developed in solitude in her home in Amsterdam, on her Instagram feed while museums and galleries were closed during the COVID-19 lockdowns. Works are held in private collections across Europe and the United States.
Over the years, the ongoing collection of self-portraits will grow into an archive of self-representation.