Biography

Born in Brussels, Belgium (1979).
Jan Rosseel work is best described as visual storytelling, between narration and documentation. He works as a collector of memories using photography, video and objects. The starting point of his research-based projects are historical events and the notion of memory. Stories that not only reconstruct historical events, but also question the reliability of our memory and our brain. He works as an investigator using methods of scientific research and journalism to build a narrative where fact and fiction coexist.

Selected Exhibitions

2015 FoMu
Belgian Autumn. A Confabulated History
Antwerp, Belgium

2015 10b Gallery
Belgian Autumn. A Confabulated History
Rome, Italy

2015 Reminders Photography Stronghold
Belgian Autumn. A Confabulated History
Tokyo, Japan

2015 Circulation(s) Festival for young European photography
Belgian Autumn. A Confabulated History / Invited Artist
Paris, France

2015 East Wing Gallery
Belgian Autumn. A Confabulated History / Foam Talent Exhibition
Dubai, UAE

2014 Photoville NY
The beauty of the photo book / Curated by Teun van der Heijden
Brooklyn NYC, USA

2014 Atelier Néerlandais
Belgian Autumn. A Confabulated History / Foam Talent Exhibition
Paris, France

2014 Bredaphoto International Photo Festival
Litho Belgica
Breda, The Netherlands

2014 Fotodok Space for Documentary Photography
A condensed Atlas of water in Israel
Utrecht, The Netherlands

2014 Unseen Photo Fair
Belgian Autumn. A Confabulated History
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2014 New Talent Photography Award
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2014 FOAM
Belgian Autumn. A Confabulated History
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2014 PhotoIreland
Belgian Autumn. A Confabulated History
Dublin, Ireland

2014 Tropenmuseum
Dutch Doc Award
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2014 Goethe Institute
Belgian Autumn. A Confabulated History / Photobook masterclass exhibition
Ankara, Turkey

2014 Gallery LhGWR
Belgian Autumn. A Confabulated History
The Hague, The Netherlands

2013 Fotogram Gallery
Photo Academy Award
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2013 Nederlands Fotomuseum Rotterdam
Steenbergen stipendium
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2013 Photo Museum The Hague
Photo Academy Award
The Hague, The Netherlands

2013 Royal Academy of Arts Graduation show
Belgian Autumn. A Confabulated History
The Hague, The Netherlands

2012 Can Bastè Forum
No Budget Cup
Barcelona, Spain

2012 VII Biennal de Fotografia Xavier Miserachs
No Budget Cup
Palafrugell / Barcelona, Spain

2012 ISSP 2012 Group Exhibition
An unfortunate event
Kuldiga, Latvia

Awards

2015 Research fellowship Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies (NIAS)
2015 Prix Pictet Photography Prize Nominee
2015 Winner Special mention Portfolio by the jury / Plat(t)form 2015 / Fotomuseum Winterthur
2014 Foam Magazine Talent 2014
2014 .tiff Young Belgian Talent
2014 ING New Talent Award Nominee
2014 Dutch Doc Award shortlist
2014 IMC Youth Award
2014 LOOK3, LOOKbetween 2014 Nominee
2014 NY Times portfolio review
2013 Grant for Creative Top Talent The Hague
2013 Steenbergen Stipendium Nominee
2013 Shortlisted for ‘Best of European Academies’ in DOX, Prague
2013 Photo Academy Award / first prize Volkskrant Magazine
2013 Photo Academy Award / second prize overall
2013 Royal Art Academy Award / Winner Best graduation project
2013 Royal Art Academy Award / Winner Photography department
2013 Schuitema prize / honorable mention
2013 PDN 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch Nominee
2012 Shortlisted for MONO by Gomma
2012 PDN 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch Nominee
2011 CPOY Finalist
2011 Emerging Talent by Reportage by Getty Images

Collections

ING-bank Collection, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
FOAM Collection, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
FOMU Collection, Antwerp, Belgium
Private collections

Education

2009-2013 Royal academy of art, The Hague, The Netherlands / BA Design / Magna Cum Laude / Documentary photography
2011 Danish school of media and journalism, Aarhus, Denmark / Diploma Photojournalism / Visual storytelling
2007-2008 Shandong University, Jinan, China / Chinese language, Philosophy colloqium
2004-2008 Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands / Chinese language and culture

Artist Talks / Presentations

2016 Seminar Confabulating History / NIAS, The Netherlands
2015 Guest Lecture Theory of Visual communication / Antwerp University, Belgium
2015 Guest Lecture Honours Course Cultural Memory of War and Peace / Leiden University, The Netherlands
2015 Plat(t)form 2015 / Fotomuseum Winterthur / Winterthur, Switzerland
2014 Lecture The process at Hard Hoofd Festival / Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2014 Lecture Constructed History at De donkere Kamer / Breda, The Netherlands
2014 Tiff. Talks at FoMu / Antwerpen, Belgium
2014 Symposium The Image as a document at Unseen / Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2014 Lecture Constructed History at PhotoIreland / Dublin, Ireland

Teaching workshops

2015 Staples and Stitches; The handmade photobook workshop / Tokyo, Japan
2015 The photo book, going beyond the form; with Teun van der Heijden & Jan Rosseel / Rome, Italy
2014 Staples and Stitches; The handmade photobook workshop / Tokyo, Japan

Workshops / Masterclasses

2014 Masterclass photo book making by Markus Schaden and Frederic Lezmi / Ankara, Turkey
2012 Finding your photographic voice by Jodi Bieber / Kuldiga, Latvia
2010 Storytelling by Pieter ten Hoopen / Lucca, Italy
2010 Masterclass by Stanley Greene / Brussels, Belgium