Xaver Könneker
based in Rotterdam, NL.

is a visual artist, teacher, and researcher who intertwines cultural theory with photographic practice. His work often reflects on the relationship between mortality, identity, structures and visual culture. The quote by Lucian Freud: “The longer you look at an object, the more abstract it becomes, and, ironically, the more real.” strongly resonates with the way he thinks and works. Intimately related to this, his work investigates the socially conditioned modality of looking, probing into how our social, professional, and political backgrounds frame perception and perceivability.


BA of Liberal Arts and Science from University College Maastricht (focus on cultural theory)

MA Photography and Society from Royal Academy of Art, The Hague.

Xaver Könneker is currently teaching at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague for the BA Photography Programme.

Front cover of FOAM Magazine #57: In Limbo 2020

Mentioned in British Journal of Photography: Exploring Loss through Photography 2020

Grants & Prizes
Recipient of the Amarte Visual Art Development Grant 2023

Shortlisted for Source Photographic Review Writers Prize 2022

Nominated for Deloitte Photography Development Grant 2023

Nominated for 18th edition of Lions Film Award 2023

Sep-Nov 2023: Residency at Goethe Institute Rotterdam

16&17 Sep 2023: Open Atelier 2023 at SOUP

October 2023: Kunstmuseum Den Haag “Tilting at Windills”