Satijn Panyigay (b. 1988 in Nijmegen, the Netherlands) lives and works in Utrecht. She has participated in exhibitions at, amongst others, Fotomuseum Den Haag, Museum Tot Zover (Amsterdam), Villa Mondriaan (Winterswijk), and art fairs such as Art Rotterdam, Art Amsterdam, Unseen Photo Fair and Amsterdam Art Fair. Her first solo-exhibition was Paradise|wasteland at Van Krimpen Gallery (Amsterdam) in 2012.
Satijn Panyigay remains unwaveringly concerned with the internal machinations of the mind. Where her earlier works represented raw emotions like grief and sadness, the last couple of years her interest shifted towards more subtle feelings. Feelings of melancholy, but also hope and excitement for the unknown future that is coming shine through and harmonize in often strict but poetic images. Graduating with a series in which she photographed the houses of deceased people, she has developed her interest in absent spaces in series such as No Room For Light (2014), Melankólia (2016-ongoing), Afterglow (2019 and (Living) room (2019). Panyigay photographs the emptiness and silence in abandoned interiors and brings the present and absent together. With a harmonious discord between light and dark, cheerful and gloomy, resilience and vulnerability. Underneath the surface of these sober interior images are subjects such as transience, loneliness and restlessness, but also resignation and wonder about the beauty of life.
She finds comfort and recognition in daily objects and cares for the mystic vibe that light and shadows create in architectural environments. The way light enters a room, touches – or nearly touches – an object, and how you can freeze moments in time, is what draws her to photography. Panyigay’s photographs give you room for contemplation. They often don’t scream for your attention, but the soft colors and contrasts lure you in quietly.
She works with a Fujifilm medium format camera and her family’s old 35mm cameras. The slow process of working with film and the atmosphere of the analog image, captured her a while ago. The presentation of work is very important to her and she likes to make handmade books and boxes. Panyigay works on location and in her photo studio in Utrecht, where she also gives photo courses about finding your authenticity as an artist, and coaches other photographers.
2006-2010 Bachelor of Design Photography, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht
2018 10 jaar verzamelen – over dode dingen, museum Tot Zover, Amsterdam, group exhibition.
2018 The Artist Mind, Galerie Caroline O’Breen, curated by Maura Biava, group exhibition.
2017 Fotografie en Vorm (Photography and Form), Fotomuseum Den Haag (Photomuseum The Hague).
2017 Jong en Veelbelovend (Young and Promising), museum Villa Mondriaan, Winterswijk. Group exhibition in cooperation with FOAM.
2017 Suspension of Disbelief, group exhibition at Galerie Caroline O’Breen.
2017 Amsterdam ART FAIR, Galerie Caroline O’Breen (formerly known as Seelevel Gallery).
2017 We Like Art! at Art Rotterdam, Seelevel Gallery.
2016 UNSEEN Photo Fair, Amsterdam, Seelevel Gallery.
2016 Grace and Ruin, Seelevel gallery, Amsterdam.
2015 AMSTERDAMSEEN – Kunsthal Citroën Amsterdam, curators: Wim van Krimpen, Francis Boeske.
2014 UNSEEN Photo Fair – Huize Frankendael Amsterdam, group exhibition with works from the private collection of photography collector Reyn van der Lugt.
2012 UNSEEN Photo Fair, Westergasfabriek Amsterdam, booth van Krimpen gallery.
2012 Preview, Amsterdams Centrum voor Fotografie (ACF), group exhibition.
2012 Telling Stories…, group exhibition, curators: Reyn van der Lugt en Marcel Schroeten, Akkuh, Hengelo.
2012 Paradise|wasteland, solo exhibition at van Krimpen gallery, Amsterdam.
2012 Art Rotterdam, van Krimpen gallery.
2011-2012 Afterlife, museum Tot Zover, Amsterdam, group exhibition.
2011 Geen gezichten, (galerie) van Krimpen, Amsterdam, group exhibition.
2011 Contest of Meaning, De Belofte 6 in Kunstliefde, Utrecht, group exhibition.
2011 Talents 2010 Revisited, Amsterdams Centrum voor Fotografie (ACF), group exhibition.
2011 My First Art Collection, Centrum Beeldende Kunst (CBK) Rotterdam, group exhibition.
2011 Art Amsterdam, booth van Krimpen gallery.
2011 Art Rotterdam, booth van Krimpen gallery.
2010/2011 The Photo Academy Award, nominated for P/f Magazine, Fotogalerie Rotterdam, Fotogalerie Groningen, Fotogram Amsterdam, Fotomuseum Den Haag, GRID 2010 Amsterdam, groupexhibitions.
2010 PHOTO OFF Paris, booth van Krimpen gallery.
2010 Graduates Photography 2010, Amsterdams Centrum voor Fotografie (ACF), group exhibition.
2010 Graduation exhibition at Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht, group exhibition.
2018 Ontroerend Goed, a book about buying art by Manuela Klerkx and Oscar van Gelderen
2018 Het Parool, Dutch newspaper, article
2017 NRC and NRC.next, Dutch newspapers, ‘My favorite’ by art historian Nathalie Maciesza.
2017 Het Parool, Dutch newspaper, article about Tot Zover buying ‘Behind Death’s Door’.
2017 ARTLAND online magazine, interview ‘Writing with light’.
2016 UNSEEN Photo Fair Magazine – interview by Celia Graham-Dixon.
2012 UNSEEN Photo Fair Magazine.
2011 Catalogue of the group exhibition Afterlife, museum Tot Zover, Amsterdam.
2011 Catalogue of the group exhibition Contest of Meaning, De Belofte 6, Kunstliefde Utrecht.
2011 GUP magazine, The Women Issue #29, section Bookmarks.
2010 DigiFoto Pro Special Edition, catalogue of The Photo Academy Award 2010.
2010 NL030, selected HKU Photography graduates.
2010 Catalogue HKU Photography class of 2010.
2018 Zwarte Kijkers #03, special edition box with a year subscription of limited prints.
2017-2018 Zwarte Kijkers #02, special edition box with a year subscription of limited prints.
2017 artist book Behind Death’s Door, second edition, edition: 21.
2016-2017 Zwarte Kijkers #01, special edition box with a year subscription of limited prints.
2016 artist book Behind Death’s Door, first edition, edition: 21.
2016 artist book Trees, edition: 60.
2011 Meisjesverdriet, leporello booklet, with 7 photos about love sickness, edition: 21.
2009 Shades of Grey, book about the loss of my mother.
Nominated for the Photo Academy Award 2010
Part of the collection of:
Museum Tot Zover, Amsterdam
Various private collectors
Works in commission for:
The Frozen Fountain – designstore, Amsterdam