Leonie Gossens - Beeldend kunstenaar en fotograaf

In de artistieke praktijk van Leonie Gossens komen makend onderzoek en een multidisciplinaire benadering bij elkaar.


Als fotograaf en kunstenaar probeert zij te vangen dat wat er niet meer is, nog niet is geweest of misschien niet heeft mogen zijn. Niet het hier en nu, maar het afwezige probeert zij te vertalen in iets zichtbaars. Startpunt voor haar fotografische en beeldende experimenten is een gevoeligheid voor het schijnbaar onopvallende of afwijkende. Vanuit haar gedachten volgt een zoektocht naar een visuele en tastbare vertaling hiervan.  


Zowel bestaand fotografisch materiaal als een beeld uit de dagelijkse realiteit kan het vertrekpunt zijn voor haar beeldende onderzoek. Door analoge en digitale fotografische technieken wordt het bestaande beeld gemanipuleerd tot iets nieuws. De onderzoeksfase is een essentieel onderdeel voor de fotografische en beeldende materialiteit die uiteindelijk ontstaat.

Currently living in Noord-Brabant, southern province of the Netherlands. After highschool I moved to the northern part of the Netherlands. I studied Art and Art Policy at the University of Groningen. The main part of my professional career I have been working as projectmanager in art education and social cultural projects. About five years ago I followed a course in analogue black and white photography. Even though in daily life I can be rather impatient, I loved working in the dark room for hours, patiently exploring the possibilities and working on small projects. It made me long for more knowledge and experience, so I decided to start studying Photographic Design in Rotterdam. And at the same time I tried to explore the word of cameraless photography and ecoprinting as well. This summer I graduated cum laude with Project Planting Memories and Project Representation of Miscarriage in Visual Culture / I Miss. Currently I am preparing myself for the graduation show with my class at the end of September.  

As a photographer and artist I try to capture that what is no longer there, has not yet been or may not have been. Not the here and now, but the absent I try to translate into something visible. The starting point for my photographic and visual experiments is a sensitivity to the seemingly unnoted, the unwitnessed or deviant. The search for a visual and tangible translation urges me to create.


Existing photographic material as well as an image from everyday reality can be the starting point for my visual research. With analog and digital photographic techniques I manipulate the existing image into something new. The research phase is an essential part for the photographic and visual materiality that ultimately arises.

I try to consider the techniques and materials that I work with, not only as a means or a tool, but as something that has a meaning of its own; the process of searching for techniques and ways to express myself seems to be like a metaphor for thinking and wondering, trying to remember and collect thoughts. Even though I read and study a lot before working on a project, it is by exploring and doing, acting with my hands that my mind will start to construct thoughts and patterns, I get a sense of meaning. It’s a delicate balance between knowing and feeling.


Especially in Planting Memories I felt and wanted to express that not only pictures but also the way you act is a way to keep memories alive. 

I examined the memory of my grandmother by studying the photos. Can I find my grandmother in the photos and see more than the object (treasured prints on paper) (“punctum” as Barthes calls it in Camera Lucida)? I try to get closer to my memory by altering the photos, re-owning the photos; examine close to the skin, re-photograph and print the image. 

Project Representation of Miscarriage in Visual Culture / I Miss

Project RMVC is my research into visual strategies to explore and imagine the subject of the impact of experiencing a miscarriage. For two years I have sought photographic answers to the question of how to capture something that was not yet visible and has suddenly disappeared? How can I make something visible that others have not seen or felt, but was and remains so clearly there?



Expertprogramma Fotoacademie Amsterdam


Photographic Design NAVB Rotterdam


Kunst -en Kunstbeleid Rijksuniversiteit Groningen


Minor Theaterwetenschap Universiteit Antwerpen


Selected for: GUP New Talent 2022, to be published may 2022
You can order the publication here: www.gupnew.com

Witte Rook. Publication ' Ik Mis' met collectief Vrouwenmantel Art Research Group. You can read the article online here.

Aeonian Magazine nr5. Interview and overview of Project Herinneringen Planten / Planting Memories. Read online or download the magazine here.

Art Doc Magazine. Featured as a member of the Art Doc Magazine: You can view the item online here. 

Lens Culture. Featured as a member of Lens Culture: You can view the item online here.

Exhibitions and presentations

Festival de Fotografia de Tiradentes
Selected for Open call and online panel of Photo Empauta and Rotterdam Photofestival. After participating with project EnPassant I was invited to join an online lecture talk as art of the programme of The Urban Between Reality and Utopia. 


Herinneringen Planten / Planting Memories, Kunstencentrum Waalwijk

2021, t/m 23 december


2021 november


Catch 21, Afstudeerexpositie, Elleboogkerk Amersfoort


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