‘Dijkers’ photographs seem to breathe, just as taking them is like breathing for him’ KUNSTHAL (MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS)
Within photography, I explore humanity as I experience it. My images appeal to sensory perception more than to that of the mind. By using black and white, contrast or grain, a parallel world is being created. An abstract. A world in which light and darkness are allowed to exist side by side.
Eli Dijkers (1978) was born and raised in The Netherlands. He graduated from the Academy of Photography in Rotterdam in 2012, after having been awarded a PhD in Pharmacy, Nuclear Medicine and Oncology. Since then he has received many recognitions for his photographic work, including multiple Honourable Mentions at the Black & White Spider Awards, Commended photographer in the Sony World Photography Awards and several Honourable Mentions at the Monochrome awards. He was winner of the Porta Coeli Artist Residency Award at the XIth edition of the International Contemporary Art Biennale of Florence and awarded Ilford MASTER in 2018, together with Sebastião Salgado.
Eli graduated the academy of photography with his interpretation of the city he lives in, Rotterdam, titled Temporal Existence. Post-graduation, he was one out of 12 photographers selected to document the city of Rotterdam. In addition, he is author of the self-published book Enigma, a confronting series of images about daily life on the streets of India.
Eli’s work has been extensively exhibited within the Netherlands and abroad. His first solo-exhibition at gallery Deelen Art, was curated by Sun Hee Engelstoft, at the time editor to Magnum photographer Jacob Aue Sobol. In 2018 his work on China was shown as a solo-exhibition for six successive months in de Kunsthal (museum of contemporary art) in Rotterdam. In addition, his work has been exhibited in Italy, Greece, the United Kingdom, Denmark and France.
His work is represented by Gallery Deelen Art.