Artist Statement
My artistic practice is rooted in documentary photography and visual anthropology. It focuses on the way we inscribe and read meaning into the landscape, and how we encounter our environment. I use photography, walking, mapping and ethnographic data to get insight in the sites I study. I'm interested in ecological and urban practices, which I see on a spectrum, not in a dichotomy to each other.

I hold a BA in Documentary Photography from the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague (2015) and have recently obtained my MA in Visual and Media Anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin (2021).

Please contact me for more information about prints, possible collaborations and other inquiries.

+31 (0)6 4170 7503
+49 (0)15752240601

Curriculum Vitae
Cleo Nora Wächter (*1993)

Selected Clients and Collaborators
Vrij Nederland; De Groene Amsterdammer; Sex Workers Action Group (SWAG) Berlin; Bündniss für Sexuelle Selbstbestimmung; The Institute for Endotic Research; Kim Myhr; Thomas Nondh Janssen; Felix Nicholson; Kasper Pyndt Rasmussen; Board of Government Advisors of the Netherlands; Royal Academy of Arts; The Hague; Floating University Berlin; Syndicate11 Collective, Anthropology Department FU Berlin.

Selected Exhibitions
Group Exhibition, Correction Ville (20-21.08.2021), Noorbeek (NL)

Audio walk, A Soft Guide to the Floating Trees, Climate Care Festival (2-09.2021 – 12.02.2022),  Floating University, Berlin (DE)

 Virtual Group exhibition, Pathways To Reconnection, (12.06.2021 – 26.06.2021), Visual and Media Anthropology department, FU Berlin (DE)

Duo-presentation, Objectief Nederland, (13.01.2019 – 31.03.2019), Kasteel Groeneveld, Baarn (NL)

Duo-presentation and Book-launch, Objectief Nederland, (18.10.2018 – 28.10.2018), Fotofestival Schiedam (NL)

Duo-presentation, Objectief Nederland, (02.9.2017 – 30.9.2017), Landschapstriënnale, Haarlemmermeer (NL)

Solo-presentation, Autostop — Retracing Routes, (24.08.2016 – 11.10.2016), Opzicht, Stroom, The Hague (NL)

Group exhibition, LAND/MADE, (23.6.2016 – 1.7.2016), Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht (NL)

Group exhibition, Lost and found, (24.6.2016 – 18.7.2016), Museum of Poreč Territory (HR)

Group exhibition, 1st International Photography Symposium, (24.4.2016 – 1.7.2016), Mark Rothko Art Center, Daugnavpils (LV)

Group exhibition, Undiscovered, (30.1.2016 – 21.2.2016), WTC Art Gallery, Rotterdam (NL)

Solo presentation, Researching the landscape, (23.11.2015 – 8.1.2016), Statenlokaal, Chamber of parliament, The Hague (NL)

Graduation exhibition, Anthropocene, ‘DEAR graduation’, (03.06.2015 – 09.06.2015),  Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague (NL)

Selected Artist Talks
Thoughts on Nomadic Cartography, Talk and reading Circle,Correction Ville, Noorbeek (NL)

Pathways To Reconnection ,Round Table Discussion, (Online )

    Rizoom, 5 Day Instagram take-over, (NL/Online)

    ISSP Gallery, Riga (LV)

    Opening of the academic year, photography department,     Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague (NL)

    Teylers ontmoet, Teylers Museum, Haarlem (NL)

    Springvossen, radio interview with Robbert Altema,           Amsterdam FM

    COLLOQUIUM Recollecting Landscapes. Exploring         landscape rephotography between art, science, design,      policy and cultural practice”, Flanders Architecture       Institute, Antwerp (BE)

Symposium Objectief Nederland, The future of the landscape, Landschapstriennale 2017, Haarlemmermeer (NL)


Resident at the ISSP for the months of March and October, Riga (LV)

 First International Photography Symposium, April 2016, Mark Rothko Art Center, Daugavpils (LV)

Awards, Grants and Nominations
MA Abroad Culture scholarship, Prins Bernard Cultuur Fonds, The Netherlands

Spot Publication Funding, Stroom, The Hague (NL)

Dialoog Stipendium, Founded by Stichting Dialoog, Fotodok & Vrij Nederland

Unseen Dummy Awards, *Nomination

Objectief Nederland, Changing Landscape 1974 — 2017 , Collaboration with Reinjan Mulder, Published by Nai010, Design by Studio Joost Grootens, Accompanying essays by Merel Bem, Henk Baas, Berno Strootman, Peter Delpeut and Ludo van Halem, With support from: Creative Industries Fund NL, the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands, NH Bos Foundation, Babel & Voss, and the Charema Fonds, managed by the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds

Autostop — Retracing routes, Self-published, edition of 120, Design: Lisa Laperre

 Anthropocene — Mapping the new geology of the Netherlands, Self-published, edition of 75, Design: Kasper Pyndt Rasmussen

    De Som van de Dingen. De Som van de Stad., Essay in          Dutch on the website of Tubelight Magazine (NL) 

Initiation, Personal Essay, Coven Berlin, Queer Online Art Magazine (DE)

How to Catch a Shadow, Essay and Photography series, Mister Motley, online art magazine (NL)

Selected Press
The Real Netherlands: Q&A with Cleo Wächter, Roads and Kingdoms, online art and travel magazine (US)

Zien zonder te kijken?, Review of Objective Netherlands by Thijs van den Boomen, Archined platform (NL)

Maastricht, Guide for the senses, edited by Hanne Hagenaars, published by Marres, Maastricht (NL)

Objectief Nederland, Een bijzondere opdracht van de Rijksadviseur voor Fysieke Leefomgeving, Text by Anne Reenders, Publiek Gemaakt (NL)

Liften in de tijden van tinder, Photography series, Vrij Nederland #38

Welkom in het Anthropoceen, Photoseries,  Text by Jaap Tielbeke, Groene Amsterdammer #27

Enclose, Photography series, De Correspondent

Board of Government Advisors, Goverment of the Netherlands  

Mark Rothko Art Center, Daugavpils (LV)