Q&A: Paul Kooiker — Eggs and Rarities


What is it that interests you about photography? Surrealism. What part of the planet would you like to explore? Africa. Describe a personal hell? The beach. Which living person do you most admire? Lars von Trier. What is the best way to educate yourself? Books. Most used camera? Iphone. What is your plan for the next 24 hours? Because of Corona, the schools are closed so I am going to teach my daughter (8 years old) at home.

Paul Kooiker’s “encyclopedia of life” in 164 images. This ambitious but utopian project reads like a sampler of photographic genres: landscape, nude, still life, etc. To achieve this, Kooiker often uses clichés more reminiscent of the propaganda of tourist brochures or of religious and political rhetoric in the media.

Kooiker increasingly allows the personal to creep into the work. Intimate private photographs break through the seemingly objective approach so that public and private space spill over into each other. The result is one large work in which the complexity of things converge: the artist himself, the medium of photography, life and death.  — (Joachim Naudts)

Paul Kooiker’s Eggs and Rarities is available now through Art Paper Editions (co-published with Dashwood Books and FOMU). Visit — artpapereditions.org / paulkooiker.com for more information.