Satijn Panyigay Galerie Wilms

Satijn Panyigay (1988, Nijmegen) is a half Dutch, half Hungarian photographer. Her work has a clear style and specific themes. Panyigay handles subjects like transience, emptiness and solitude. She has a fascination for the dark side of life and with her aesthetic eye she shows us there’s also beauty to be found in the grim and dark.

The melancholic photoseries Behind Death’s Door shows the houses of recently deceased people of whom the relatives chose a specialized company to clear out their homes. Panyigay went along several times to investigate death more. The photos are hermetic, there is no contact with the outside world, which results in an oppresive atmosphere of loneliness and nostalgia.

In her entire body of work Satijn Panyigay is inspired by transience and trying to cope with losses and heavy feelings, but also her longing for tranquility and her lust for life are important themes to her.

This also applies to her newest photoseries, Melankólia. For this project she went searching for her roots in the country her father originates from, Hungary. When she was there, she fell in love with the country, its drabness and gloom and discovered that it must be the origin of her often melancholic heart. The atmosphere, which is so palpable in the places she visited in Hungary, refers back to her familiar melancholy.
In dark colours Panyigay photographed sober spaces and places that refer to the feelings of loneliness and sadness. With capturing silence in seemingly unpersonal in- and exteriors she shows a contaminated emptiness. She searches for images that show tranquility together with a depth. A certain heavy vision on the ordinairy, but without wanting to fight that. A new development in her work is admitting sunlight, creating subtle hope and wonder that shine through.
A Hungarian proverb says: ‘The Hungarian has fun when he cries’. That familiarity with heaviness is an ongoing theme in Satijn Panyigay’s work.


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, 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