Jan Rosseel (1979)

Jan Rosseel’s (b.1979, the Netherlands) work is perhaps best described as visual storytelling, sat somewhere between narration and documentation. Through the use of photographs, video and objects, Rosseel re-contextualises historical events that inherently implicate ideas of memory and the act of remembering; stories such as the series of violent robberies of numerous Belgian supermarkets in 1985 or more recently, the killing of Osama Bin Laden. Such tales ask questions about the reliability of the accounts that we are presented with, and even more so of the reliability of our own memory and brain. Rosseel consciously works as an investigator, using methods of scientific research and journalism to build his own narrative where fact and fiction coexist.  
 
Jan Rosseel studied documentary photography at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague, the Netherlands and Photojournalism at the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Aarhus, Denmark. He was the first artist to be awarded a research fellowship at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences. His pictures have been published in the New York Times, Le Monde, IMA Magazine, Esquire Russia, L’Echo, De Volkskrant / Volkskrant Magazine, Vrij Nederland, de Morgen, Le Vif, de Standaard / DS Magazine, De Tijd, P/f, PhotoQ, GUP Magazine, Huffington Post and FOAM Magazine. He is a lecturer at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague and has been guest lecturer at the Master of Photography AKV St. Joost in Breda and MA Photography Luca School of Arts in Brussels.

Portrait by © I. Elfilali



De Volkskrant

De Volkskrant

January 26, 2018
'Kunstenaar Jan Rosseel laat zien hoe fragmentarisch het geheugen is'

Stroom Den Haag Video

Stroom Den Haag Video

December 21, 2017
'Jan Rosseel about Back-up at Stroom Den Haag'

Arttube Video

Arttube Video

April 28, 2017
'Jan Rosseel on his studio practice and Back-up in Museum Dr. Guislain'

Museum Dr. Guislain Video

Museum Dr. Guislain Video

April 13, 2017
'Kunstenaar Jan Rosseel over zijn werkwijze en expo Back-up in Museum Dr. Guislain'

Arttube Video

Arttube Video

March 31, 2017
'Jan Rosseel Back-up in de Brakke Grond'

De Volkskrant

January 3, 2017
'Onderbelicht'

Metropolis M

Metropolis M

December 27, 2016
'Jan Rosseel: Back-up'

Vrij Nederland

Vrij Nederland

September 27, 2016
'Het schone is niet automatisch het goede'

Die Stern

Die Stern

August 10, 2016
'Ein Belgischer Herbst'

Viewbook Video

Viewbook Video

June 30, 2015
'Jan Rosseel, Visual Storyteller'

Lensculture

Lensculture

Autumn 2014
'Belgian Autumn: A Confabulated History'

De Volkskrant

De Volkskrant

September 21, 2013
'Met deze foto's wilde de zoon van een Bende van Nijvel-slachtoffer België wakker schudden'

Jan Rosseel

'An Archeology of Fear'

Sat 25 Jan 2020 - Sat 7 Mar 2020


Soloshow
The Ravestijn Gallery

Art Rotterdam 2018

Jan Rosseel, Darren Harvey-Regan

Thu 8 Feb 2018 - Sun 11 Feb 2018


Art Fair
Rotterdam (NL)

UNSEEN Photo Fair 2016

Jan Rosseel, Scheltens & Abbenes

Fri 23 Sep 2016 - Sun 25 Sep 2016


Art Fair
Amsterdam (NL)

Jan Rosseel

Belgian Autumn. A Confabulated History (2010-2015)

Jan Rosseel

A Short History of Unfortunate Events. Chapter IV (2013-2016)

Jan Rosseel

On the Aesthetics of Violence, 2016