As a child, I had a fascination for live programmes on television. I would gaze mesmerised at the screen waiting for something to happen that the producers hadn’t anticipated. A glass that falls unexpectedly, a person who doesn’t move to the prearranged place and ends up standing out of shot.
For just one brief moment, viewers - who might just happen to be tuned in to that channel - are exposed to an impromptu scene on camera.
The tension between what has been carefully choreographed beforehand and what takes place on screen is immediately palpable. That same tension is now an important motive in my work, in which I capture or direct moments, everyday chance events and small gestures.
My practice contains photography, video, text, installation and publications.

Liza Wolters, b. 1992, currently living in Rotterdam

  • 2009 – 2014 Bachelor Fine Arts / AKV | St. Joost (Breda, NL)

Selected exhibitions & presentations
• ‘toevluchtsoord’, work period with Raquel Vermunt at the Hilton Art Lab in March

• Solo exhibition ‘...AND ALL OF A SUDDEN SHE PUT A STONE IN MY MOUTH’ at Het Noordbrabants museum, 03.10 - 13.12.2020

  • Work period and exhibition ‘Try-Out’ at the graphic workplace in the Hague, together with Iliada Charalambous, Tobias Lengkeek, Roland Spitzer, Jason Terlouw, Mickey Yang and Lisa Blaauwbroek. Curated by Lisa Blaauwbroek
  • Event ’TENT op BEZOEK’ , initiated by programme maker Gyonne Goedhoop from TENT
  • Artist’ talk at TENT, Part of the 'THUIS bij TENT' series, initiated by programme maker Gyonne Goedhoop from TENT
  • Participant of Prospects & Concepts, Art Rotterdam at the Van Nelle fabriek

  • Duoshow ‘IT MIGHT BE GONE, IT MIGHT BECOME’ with Jasmijn Krol, Team Thursday HQ (Rotterdam, NL)
  • Groupshow ‘As Far As I Can Reach’, curated by Marilou Klapwijk, Quartair (The Hague, NL)
  • Solo exhibition ‘Knowing that it will change over time, Feeling that it will stay the same for now’, der Neue Galerie Landshut (Landshut, DE)
  • Solo exhibition NOW IS A DIFFERENT BACK THEN, museum SCHUNCK* (Heerlen, NL)

  • Solo exhibition NOW IS A DIFFERENT BACK THEN, museum SCHUNCK* (Heerlen, NL)
  • Solo exhibition ‘I’m trying to understand the universe, so it would be nice of you to give me some space’, de Spiegelzaal, Willem Twee Kunstruimte (’s- Hertogenbosch, NL)

  • Groupshow PERROQUET, Loods 12, Wetteren (BE), Group exhibition, curated by Hans Demeulenaere and Bas van den Hurk
•  Groupshow ‘KINDERGEBURTSTAG’, Paris (FR), curated by René Hausstein

Events / Presentations
2017 / 2018
  • Several guest lectures at AKV | St. Joost (Breda and ’s- Hertogenbosch, NL)

  • Event My Name Is Salmon (Why Am I whispering?) #1, performance in collaboration with Andrea Renon and Joppe Blonk, EXTRAPOOL (Nijmegen, NL)
  • Presentation book ‘All of these Images Are The Outcome Of Certain Observations’, Unseen Photo Book fair, represented by PhotoQ (Amsterdam, NL)

  • Event Young Publishing Night, PrintRoom, Rotterdam (NL), presentation dummy ‘All of these images are the outcome of certain observations’ Together with Maurice van Es, Roos van den Oetelaar and Renée Verberne
  • Presentation of the book ‘All of these images are the outcome of certain observations’ by Mondriaan Fonds, ‘Tables’, during ART Rotterdam & ART Brussels

  • Groupshow ‘Ernstig Geschikt! - Best of Graduation 2014’, Circa…Dit (Arnhem, NL)
  • Groupshow ‘NXT’, SBK (Dordrecht, NL)
  • Graduation Show, AKV St. Joost, Breda (NL)
  • Groupshow fourth-year class ‘1 NEEDS TO CREATE 2’, De Fabriek (Eindhoven, NL)

  • Groupshow ‘Somewhere in between’, Kunstpodium T, Tilburg (NL), ‘Apprentice/Master’ with ‘master’ Charlotte Dumas and other apprentices Emily Huurdeman, Yasmin Van Der Rauwelaert and Charlotte van de Velde

Grants and nominations
•   2020 Research and Development Grant (O&O), CBK Rotterdam, for mor info click here
  • 2017/2018 Stipendium for Emerging Artists, Mondriaan Fund
  • 2014 Residency St. Moritz Art Academy, St. Moritz (CH)
  • 2011 Nominee BLEND TALENT AWARD

2013 – 2017 Part of artists’ initiative Club Solo (Breda, NL)
2016 - 2017 Producer Kunst&Werk AKV | St. Joost (Breda, ’s-Hertogenbosch, NL)
2013 – 2014 Organizer of Artist-in-residence Hoogtepunt, founded by Femke Dekkers (Breda, NL)

(work title) •
Research project

As a child, Liza Wolters was fascinated by live television, and how a random noise or movement could knock a scripted broadcast off-kilter. That tension, the role of chance in daily life, even outside of TV, has formed the basis for her O&O application: what do you need in order to (re)capture an original, impactful, live moment on film? The research is founded on the reconstruction of “live” moments she has experienced, and what is left of them once recorded. “Can (the memory of) an original moment be preserved, or does it change in a fundamental way as the memory is cinematographically reconstructed?” Just like her earlier work, Wolters’ cinematic work is made up of fragmentary snapshots of everyday scenes and encounters, details from reality. More often than not, a moment will fade away before you get the chance to capture it. That’s why she’s started putting events into words, in order to film ten or twenty of these moments – an entirely new approach for her.  

Wolters’ practice comprises photography, video, text, installation and publications. She filters a universal quality from everyday details through abstraction, framing, and rearranging. Balancing between recognisable features and the abstraction thereof, she puts the tension between direction and chance in daily life at the centre. The presentation of her work shows the captured footage coming together in an assemblage with itself and the surroundings. Individual fragments momentarily coincide in a new momentum.  

Wolters began her O&O research by selecting and processing filmable moments, and approached other creators and experts to talk about the role of memory. She is also collaborating with various directors of photography, technical assistants and a sound designer. Their interpretations have an inevitable influence on the memories and the way they are filmed – a key part of the collaboration and research in its own right.

The pandemic caused a delay in the process while also casting her themes in a new light: fleeting moments of physical proximity which may no longer be taken for granted. She will finish the first phase of filming this year, and is building a website intended to serve as a growing and ongoing database for the project.  

- Originally in Dutch written version by Sandra Smets for CBK Rotterdam, who kindly granted the project with a research & development subsidy.
English t
ranslation by Lenne Priem.  

Filmstill from one of the already reconstructed moments, in collaboration with D.O.P. Joris Peskens