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.

Education

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.


2014- 2017

2020 -
2022

Working

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


2022 - now

Recent

Residency at Goethe Institute Rotterdam 

Group show GRAW 2023 at SOUP 

Group show “Tilting at Windills” at Kunstmuseum Den Haag  


2023

2023

2023

Grants & Prizes

Recipient of the Mondriaan Fund for visual arts and cultural heritage


Recipient of the Amarte Visual Art Development Grant  

Nominated for Deloitte Photography Development Grant 

Nominated for 18th edition of Lions Film Award 2023


Shortlisted for Source Photographic Review Writers Prize


2024



2023

2023

2023

2022

Publications

Article in Dust Magazine #25 The Smile Issue

Front cover of FOAM Magazine #57: In Limbo 

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

2024

2020

2020