The Magical World of Alice

Artist statement


Alice Wielinga graduated from the School of Fine Arts, St. Joost Breda (the Netherlands) as a documentary photographer. With North Korea, a Life Between Propaganda and Reality, she won the Photo Folio Review at the Rencontres d’Arles 2014 and the first prize at the Fine Art section of the Moscow International Foto Award in 2015. Her personal projects took her from China to Cuba and recently to Pakistan. North Korea, a Life Between Propaganda and Reality was part of the group show North Korean Perspectives at the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago, USA) and at the Drents Museum (Assen, the Netherlands). The workbook of this project was part of the exhibition L’Art se livre at the Musée des Beaux-Arts Le Locle (Le Locle, Switzerland).

Alice about her most recent projects:
In 2013 I started to pursue a project on North Korea. The country fascinated me for over a decade. I wanted to learn what happened inside North Korea, which seemed a bag black hole on the world map. The reports coming from there, seemed to have the same narrative over and over. Where was the story on the 24 million people who live there. How does it feel to live in North Korea? And how will it be possible to convey that in a visable story? With those questions and challenges in mind I started my project North Korea, a Life between Propaganda and Reality. For the first part of this project, I received fantastic responses, which have strengthen me to further develop my search into this subject.

Another project, which I started in 2015 and will be published toward the end of 2017, is called Shadows of Pakistan. It tells about Afghan and internal refugees that live in the slums around Islamabad. Especially the children were a source of inspiration to me. They seemed to not have lost their sence of imagination, the smiles on their faces, although they went through hardship beyond my imagination. Those kids are the true victims of war. The conflict in their country made their families leave their homes behind, and look for shelter in a place not much safer. I decided to travel to Pakistan, and though I understood that working as a female photographer inside such areas was not without risk, I was willing to take the chance. I wished to bring a sense of fairytale to the stories of those children. I decided to study the paintings of the old Persian empire, where current Pakistan was once located and bring the fairytales from those stories back to the lives of these children. A whisper of a prayer, a hope for a dream, for those who need it the most.

Curriculum Vitae


2009: ICP (International Center Of Photography) (New York, USA)
2007: Kaospilot, Crashcourse, (Rotterdam, the Netherlands)
2003: Internship with Erwin Olaf (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
2000-2004: Academy of Fine Arts St. Joost, Photography departement (Breda, the Netherlands)


2017: New York City (USA), Photoville, Shadows of Pakistan, Sep
2017: Montreal (Canada), Art Souterrain, North Korea, a Life between Propaganda and Reality, Feb - March
2017: The Hague (the Netherlands), Nutshuis, North Korea, between Propaganda and Reality, Feb - April
2015: Arles (France), Les Rencontres d'Arles, North Korea, a Life between Propaganda and Reality, July - Sep
2014: Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Museum het Grachtenhuis,Amsterdam Canals, Nov - March 2015
2011: Naarden (the Netherlands), Photo festival Naarden Time Lapse in Beijing

Groupshows (selection)

2017: Udine (Italy), Chiesa di San Francesco,Donne & Fotografia, Sep - Jan 2018
2017: Moscow (Russia), Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, North Korea, Jun - Sep
2015: Chicago (USA), Museum of Contemporary Photography, North Korean Perspectives, July - Oct
2015: Assen (the Netherlands), Drents Museum, North Korean Perspectives, Apr - Aug
2015: Le Locle (Switserland), Musée des Beaux-Arts Le Locle, L'Art se Livre, Nov 2014 - Feb 2015
2014: Tokyo (Japan), Sirius Gallery, Keep On Dreaming
2013: New York (USA), New York Photoville, Keep On Dreaming
2011: The Hague (the Netherlands), Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Anoniem Gekozen
2006: Kauna (Lithuania), Photo festival Kauna Photo Days
2005: Breda (the Netherlands), Photo festival Breda Photo

Art projects in public space

2013: Amsterdam (the Netherlands), A Fashion Protest during the Amsterdam Floating Fashion Week
2012: Teteringen (the Netherlands), assigned by the municipality of Breda. Artwork for a school building in Teteringen, a 54 meter long print, permanently on view at the school's playground
2008: Oss (the Netherlands), on assigment for the municipality of Oss, art project in nature landscape het Herperduin


Alice's work is purchased by

MOCP (Museum of Contemporary Photography) in Chicago, USA


2017: Chosen for Donne & Fotografia, exhibition on the "150 great photographers, who have profoundly revolutionized and influenced the history of twentieth century photograph" in Udine, Italy
2015: First Prize MIFA (Moscow International Foto Award), categorie: Fine Art
2015: Nominated for de Vevey International Photo Award
2014: First Prize Photo Folio Review during Les Rencontres d'Arles for North Korea, a Life between Propaganda and Reality
2014: Photographer of the year 2014 by Dutch Fotonieuws
2013: Publication in NEW, Dutch Photography Talent (the Netherlands)
2011: Choix de l’art by Piet Paris during the Affordable Art Fair (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)