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)


25.11.2017 - 14.01.2018 Museum SCHUNCK*, Heerlen (NL)

In the same way as a photograph, an exhibition can be considered as a ‘snapshot’. This is the underlying idea behind Liza Wolters’ compilation for her solo exhibition at SCHUNCK*. The images have been specially selected for this exhibition space and printed in formats and on surfaces she deems suitable for the works individually and for the exhibition as a whole. 
It’s the first time that so many works have been on display together and most have never before been exhibited.

The exhibition in SCHUNCK* functions as one large, temporary installation. Everything relates to everything else, even the space which visitors occupy between the works of art forms an integral part. Much can happen there: works can move, change shape and get closer, and visitors can likewise develop a relationship with them and make connections. Sometimes, you can forget they are mere photos: the works are almost sculptures, physical in essence, and have a forceful spatial presence.

Anyone walking around the exhibition has no option but to open up to what awaits them: the association between shapes, the movements in a video and the variation in materials used for presenting the printed images. Through the medium of her images, Liza aims to communicate with her audience, in much the same direct way perhaps, as the one in which she creates her images. She sees this as the sincerest way of establishing contact with the world, of connecting with others and her surroundings.

Fragment out of the accompanying text for the exhibition, written by Florette Dijkstra.

Now is a different back then is kindly supported by Fonds Kwadraat, CBK Rotterdam, Yolk and Mondriaan Fonds.

Three works from the exhibition are part of the collection SCHUNCK*, Gemeente Heerlen’.