Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin /   Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin

Netherlands 1986

Digital Art, Photography

Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin
Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin
December 27, 2014
Ok, I know it's so damn corny to quote somebody just to describe yourself, let alone Confucius, but this quote says all about my relationship with Widewalls, so forgive me for doing this: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Am I forgiven?

Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin  are a Dutch fashion photographer duo, known for their work for fashion magazines, advertising campaigns, and for their independent art work.

For over 25 years, Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin have worked in the field of fashion photography. Working together since 1986, the award-winning Dutch partnership has built a collection of work. They have staged exhibitions and collaborative projects, participated in international group shows and their artworks are held in private and museum collections. Inez and Vinoodh live in New York with their son, Charles Star Matadin.

Inez and Vinoodh met at the Vogue Academy of fashion design in their hometown, Amsterdam, where they both initially studied fashion design — Vinoodh from 1981 to 1985 and Inez from 1983 to 1985. Inez took a Masters degree in photography at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (1985–90) and Vinoodh founded the Lawina clothing line with his classmate Rick Bovendeert. A commission for Inez to photograph the 1986 Lawina collection led to Vinoodh beginning to work with her, first as a stylist and eventually in 1995 as co-author of the images they produce together. The Lawina label closed in 1990 when Inez graduated and the pair began practicing as artists. A year-long residency awarded to Inez by PS1 Contemporary Art Center in New York from 1992 to 1993 marked the beginning of a period of experimentation with digital technology, leading to a collection of sequences about computer manipulation. Using Paintbox software to smooth out and remove the nipples and orifices of nudes,Thank You Thighmaster (1993) aimed to illustrate elegance and horror. Final Fantasy (1993) attempted to focus upon child sexuality by digitally grafting the mouths of men onto the faces of toddler children.

As Inez and Vinoodh’s notoriety burgeoned in the art world, the fashion community became equally captivated by their early editorial assignments for the style magazine BLVD in Amsterdam, where the two were now living. A breakthrough story republished as For Your Pleasure in British style magazine The Face in April 1994 added high-octane glamour to the dark and unsettling tenor of their work and marked them engaging with fashion explicitly as the subject of their work. Collaborating with Belgian designer Véronique Leroy, they formulated a visual vocabulary of slick, predatory figures, shiny surfaces and erotic poses that they set against hyper real backdrops constructed from stock, picture library imagery. The resulting tableaux flew in the face of the prevailing taste for documentary-centered style photography, pre-empting the end of the so-called “grunge” aesthetic and earning Inez and Vinoodh all-important editorial commissions for elite fashion magazines Visionaire and Vogue together with their first advertising contracts for luxury brands Hervé Léger and Vivienne Westwood.

Inez and Vinoodh returned to New York permanently in 1995 to meet ever-increasing demands for them as assignment photographers and they have been prodigious in their output ever since extreme gesture.

Highly sought after as society photographers, Inez and Vinoodh have captured definitive portrait sittings with many of the key figures of film and celebrity. They have photographed four of The New York Times Magazine’s renowned “Great Performers In Film!” portfolios, in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2010, featuring definitive sittings with Clint Eastwood, Mickey Rourke, Bill Murray, Daniel Day-Lewis, Natalie Portman, Colin Firth, Shirley MacLaine, George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Mila Kunis, Michael Douglas, Tom Cruise, Javier Bardem, Viggo Mortensen and Julianne Moore.

Since their breakthrough digital work of the early 1990s, Inez and Vinoodh have maintained a prolific art career, staging solo shows every two or three years. The Forest (1995), an unsettling series in which the features of men were grafted onto women’s bodies, posing questions about gender, toured to four international venues, while The Widow’s 1997 tour concluded at the prominent Matthew Marks Gallery in New York and signified the beginning of the photographers’ relationship with the gallery. A solo show of portraits of Inez and projections of herself onto those closest to her, ME (1999), was produced in the same year that an additional body of work on identity and loss was initiated. The Me Kissing Vinoodh series (1999–2010) has come to be one of Inez and Vinoodh’s most recognized projects and demonstrates how elements of their artwork find their way into commercial projects and back again.

Recently, the many strands of Inez and Vinoodh’s career have been drawn together in a series of major retrospective outcomes that celebrate their 25 years’ outstanding work. The limited edition book represents the definitive survey of Inez and Vinoodh’s vast body of work and illustrates their continuing influence on the spheres of art and consumer culture.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2015La La La Human StepsMuseum Boijmans van Beuningen, RotterdamGroup
2014Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé NastNorton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, FLGroup
2014Disturbing InnocenceFLAG Art Foundation, New York City, NYGroup
2014Droomkunst DroomkunstSinger Laren, LarenGroup
2014Full House - 15 Years of Inventory and Exhibitions at Aeroplastics ContemporaryAEROPLASTICS contemporary, BrusselsGroup
2013Inez & VinoodhGagosian Gallery, AthensSolo
2013Inez & Vinoodh Solo ExhibitIstanbul'74, IstanbulSolo
2013Inez & VinoodhGagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills, CASolo
2013Inez & Vinoodh Solo ShowGagosian Gallery, ParisSolo
2013White - Photography, Art, Design, Fashion, FilmNetherlands Fotomuseum, RotterdamGroup
2013White Petals Surround Your Yellow HeartICA - Institute of Contemporary Art - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PAGroup
2012Pretty Much EverythingDallas Contemporary, Dallas, TXSolo
2012Post Tenebras LuxGalerie Nicola von Senger, ZurichGroup
2012Various Artists - Almost For FreeTorch Gallery, AmsterdamGroup
2012Hyères 2012Villa Noailles, HyèresGroup
2012La La La Human Steps: A Selection from the Collection of Museum Boijmans van BeuningenIstanbul Modern, IstanbulGroup
2011A Tribute to PhotographyPrimo Marella Gallery Milan, MilanGroup
2011The Kate Moss Portfolio and Other StoriesDanziger Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2011Yohji´s WomenThe Wapping Project, Bankside, LondonGroup
2011Another StoryModerna Museet, StockholmGroup
2010Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin - Pretty Much Everything - photographs 1985-2010Foam Fotografiemuseum, AmsterdamSolo
2010Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh MatadinMatthew Marks Gallery - 522 West 22th Street, New York City, NYSolo
2010RoodTropenmuseum, AmsterdamGroup
2010Not in FashionMuseum für Moderne Kunst (MMK), FrankfurtGroup
2010Casanova ForeverFRAC - Languedoc-Roussilon, MontpellierGroup
2010SculptographsAndrea Rosen Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2010Size does matterFLAG Art Foundation, New York City, NYGroup
2009Five Decades Of Passion - Part Two: The Founding Of The Center, 1989–1991Fisher Landau Center For Art, New York City, NYGroup
2009Sehnsucht nach dem Abbild. Das Porträt im Wandel der ZeitKunsthalle Krems, KremsGroup
2009Dutch Seen: New York RediscoveredMuseum of the City of New York, New York City, NYGroup
2009Rebelle - Kunst & Feminisme 1969 - 2009 Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem - MMKA,ArnhemGroup
2009The Unforgettable Fire25 Years TORCH Gallery - Kunsthal Rotterdam, RotterdamGroup
2009All that is solid melts into airMuHKA Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, AntwerpGroup
2009bildschön. Schönheitskult in der aktuellen KunstStädtische Galerie Karlsruhe, KarlsruheGroup
20092nd Triennial of contemporary art, fashion and designHasselt Triennial, HasseltGroup
2008When It's a PhotographBolsky Gallery at Otis College for Art and Design, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2008WALL ROCKETS: Contemporary Artists and Ed RuschaFLAG Art Foundation, New York City, NYGroup
2008Fashion in the Mirror: Self-Reflection in Fashion PhotographyThe Photographers' Gallery,LondonGroup
2008SideshowFRAC - Languedoc-Roussilon, MontpellierGroup
2008Inez van Lamsweerde, Vinoodh Matadin and Eugene van LamsweerdeAndreas Grimm - München, MunichGroup
2007Air de Paris - Art & RapyContemporary Art Gallery, MonacoGroup
2007L'Elac: Best of Art and DesignGalerie l'elac - École cantonale d´art de Lausanne, RenensGroup
2007Rare Essence AEROPLASTICS contemporary, BrusselsGroup
2007Rückblende. Die Fotosamlung der Neuen Galerie GrazNeue Galerie Graz - Universalmuseum Joanneum, GrazGroup
2007Collectors 1 - Collezione La GaiaCesac - Centro Sperimentale per le Arti Contemporanee,CaraglioGroup
2007Contour Continuïteit, Heden en VerledenStedelijk Museum Het Prinsenhof, DelftGroup
2007M.J. Lafontaine, J.B. Huynh, Inez van Lamsweerde, Panamarenko, Atelier van Lieshout, Annelies StrbaAndré Simoens Gallery, Knokke-HeistGroup
2006The Kate ShowFoam Fotografiemuseum, AmsterdamGroup
2006Das Achte Feld - Geschlechter, Leben u. Begehren in der bildenden Kunst s. 1960Museum Ludwig, CologneGroup
2006Gifts go in one directionApexart, New York City, NYGroup
2006Sweet EcstasyGalerie Nicola von Senger, ZurichGroup
2006Victime de la mode - Fashion VictimCrac Alsace, AltkirchGroup
2005Zoo Story: An exhibition of animals in art - for the young and the young at heartFisher Landau Center For Art, New York City, NYGroup
2005Superstars - Das Prinzip Prominenz. Von Warhol bis MadonnaKunsthalle Wien (Museumsquartier), ViennaGroup
2005Gorgeous Isn't Good EnoughHangarBicocca | spazio d’arte contemporanea, MilanGroup
2005Oog in OogGroninger Museum, GroningenGroup
2005Seven: everything goes to hellPalazzo Pretorio, Certaldo, FlorenceGroup
2005The Parable ShowAndreas Grimm - München, MunichGroup
2005Visions of the Body 2005Seoul Museum of Art (SeMA), SeoulGroup
2005Boost in the ShellAEROPLASTICS contemporary, Brussels Group
2005Mixed-Up ChildhoodAuckland Art Gallery, AucklandGroup
2005Counting the Ways: Word As ImageFisher Landau Center For Art, New York City, NYGroup
2004The Dutch Show - Contemporary Dutch artists in GreekThe Netherlands Institute, AthensGroup
2004Smile away the parties and champagneGemeentemuseum Helmond - Boscotondohal, HelmondGroup
2004FashinationModerna Museet, StockholmGroup
2004About Face portrait - Photography and the Death of the PortraitHayward Gallery, LondonGroup
2004Pretty World AEROPLASTICS contemporary, Brussels Group
2004Making Faces: The Death of the Portrait (Je t’envisage: La disparition du portrait)Musée de l Elysée, LausanneGroup
2004Je t’envisage - La disparition du portraitMusée de l Elysée, LausanneGroup
2004Randstad Nederland - Retóricas del trabajoCAC Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Málaga,Málaga Group
2004The human face is an empty force…Annet Gelink Gallery, AmsterdamGroup
2003Inez van Lamsweerde and Vindooh Matadin: The Now People, Part One: ParadiseMatthew Marks Gallery - 521 West 21th Street, New York City, NYSolo
2003Cara a Cara - Fundação Caixa Geral de DepósitosCulturgest, LisbonGroup
2003Game overAndreas Grimm - München, MunichGroup
2003In faccia al mondo. Il ritratto contemporaneo nel medium fotograficoMuseo d Arte Contemporanea di Villa Croce, GenoaGroup
2003Child in timeBoscotondohal, HelmondGroup
2003Yohji Yamamoto: May I help you?Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, TokyoGroup
2003Playboyfotografie in Nederland 1983-2003Kunsthal Rotterdam, RotterdamGroup
2003Archeology of EleganceSchirmer Mosel Showroom, MunichGroup
2002Photographers in the Netherlands 1852-2002Fotomuseum Den Haag, The HagueGroup
2002It's Unfair!Museum De Paviljoens, AlmereGroup
2002Transformer IIAir de Paris, ParisGroup
2002Cowboys en kroegtijgersBoscotondohal, HelmondGroup
2002Strip & Tease - nudity with something else AEROPLASTICS contemporary, Brussels Group
2002Liefde op het eerste gezicht Noordbrabants Museum, HertogenboschGroup
2002Oeil pour oeil: Collection Privée de LyonLe RECTANGLE - Centre d´Art de la Ville de Lyon,LyonGroup
2002Archeology of EleganceDeichtorhallen Hamburg, HamburgGroup
2002Parc humà - La VirreinaCentre de la Imatge, BarcelonaGroup
2001Inez Van Lamsweerde E Vinoodh MatadinFondazione Pitti Discovery, FlorenceSolo
2001Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh MatadinMaison Européenne de la Photographie, ParisSolo
2001The Lightness of being UnbearaböeSommer Contemporary Art, Tel AvivGroup
2001Tenth Anniversary Exhibition - 100 Drawings and PhotographsMatthew Marks Gallery - 523 West 24th Street, New York City, NYGroup
20011st Tirana Biennale 2001Tirana Biennial, TiranaGroup
2001AutoWerke - Fotocollectie BMWDe Hallen, HaarlemGroup
2001We Set Off in High SpiritsMatthew Marks Gallery - 522 West 22th Street, New York City, NYGroup
2001Ambiance Magasin - Abbaye St AndréCentre d'art contemporain Meymac, MeymacGroup
2001DévolerIAC - Institut d'art contemporain Villeurbanne, Rhône-Alpes, VilleurbanneGroup
2001FE MALEGalerie Ariadne - Thomas Netusil Kunsthandel, ViennaGroup
2001Oostduitse meisjes en andere stukkenGemeentemuseum Helmond - Boscotondohal, HelmondGroup
2001Body as ByteKunstmuseum Luzern, LucerneGroup
2001Photography from the KPN CollectionHuis Marseille stichting voor fotografie, AmsterdamGroup
2001Close upKunstverein Hannover, HannoverGroup
2001ZWISCHENRAUM #4 – ARBEITEN MIT FOTOGRAFIEGalerie Bugdahn und Kaimer, DusseldorfGroup
2000Inez van Lamsweerde - RomanceWhite Cube, LondonSolo
2000Foundation for Contemporary Performing Arts Benefit Exhibition Matthew Marks Gallery - 522 West 22th Street, New York City, NYGroup
2000Veronica's Revenge - Contemporary Perspectives on PhotographyMuseum of Contemporary Art Sydney - MCA, Sydney, NSWGroup
2000AutoWerke - Europäische und amerikanische Fotografie 1998 - 2000Deichtorhallen Hamburg,HamburgGroup
2000Cherchez l erreurFRAC - Languedoc-Roussilon, MontpellierGroup
2000Edwin Carels: Terug van School (Back from School)De Vleeshal, MiddelburgGroup
2000Chic Thrills - Pop-Surealism in PhotographyCokkie Snoei Rotterdam, RotterdamGroup
2000Présumés Innocents, l art contemporain et l’enfanceCAPC - Musée d'art contemporain,BordeauxGroup
2000RawVictoria Miro Gallery, LondonGroup
2000Der anagrammatische KörperZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe,KarlsruheGroup
2000Inez van Lamsweerde - Wiebke SiemJohnen & Schöttle, CologneGroup
2000Le corps mutantGalerie Enrico Navarra, ParisGroup
2000ThanksAir de Paris, ParisGroup
1999Inez Van Lamsweerde – FotografienDeichtorhallen Hamburg, HamburgSolo
1999Zeitwenden - Rückblick und AusblickKunstmuseum Bonn, BonnGroup
1999Lnez van Lamsweerde Pia StadtbäumerGalerie Rüdiger Schöttle, MunichGroup
1999Officina EuropaGalleria d'Arte Moderna di Bologna - GAM, BolognaGroup
1999Missing Link. Menschen-Bilder in der FotografieKunstmuseum Bern, BernGroup
1999Oh HitchcockKunsthalle Tirol, HallGroup
1999Tendance - Abbaye St AndréCentre d'art contemporain Meymac, MeymacGroup
1999Von Beuys bis Cindy Sherman - Sammlung Lothar SchirmerKunsthalle Bremen, BremenGroup
1999Rosa für Jungs Hellblau für MädchenNeue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (NGBK), BerlinGroup
1999Exposition de groupeAlmine Rech Gallery, ParisGroup
1998Space Sight SelfSmart Museum of Art, Chicago, ILGroup
1998Smile away the parties and champagneGemeentemuseum Helmond - Boscotondohal,HelmondGroup
1998DIM Digital Image ManipulationCACT Centro d´Arte Contemporanea Ticino, BellinzonaGroup
1998Fetiches & FetichismesPassage de Retz, ParisGroup
1998Seamlessde Appel arts centre, AmsterdamGroup
1998Exposition de Groupe - PhotographieAlmine Rech Gallery , ParisGroup
1997Inez van Lamsweerde: The WidowMatthew Marks Gallery - 523 West 24th Street, New York City, NYSolo
1997HeavenMoMA PS1, New York City, NYGroup
1997Angel, Angel - Legends of the PresentGalerie Rudolfinum, PragueGroup
1997Transit. Fotografia degli anni '90CACT Centro d´Arte Contemporanea Ticino, BellinzonaGroup
1997ENGEL: ENGELKunsthalle wien project space karlsplatz, ViennaGroup
1997Uta Barth, Rineke Dijkstra, Tracey Moffatt, Inez van LamsweerdeMatthew Marks Gallery - 523 West 24th Street, New York City, NYGroup
1996Inez van Lamsweerde. FotoarbeitenKunsthaus Zürich, ZurichSolo
1996Contemporary New Mexico Artists: Sketches and SchemasSite Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NMGroup
1996A driftHessel Museum of Art & Center for Curatorial Studies Galleries at Bard College,Annandale-on-Hudson, NYGroup
1996InterzonesUppsala Konstmuseum, UppsalaGroup
1996A Glimpse of the Norton Collection As Revealed by Kim DingleSite Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NMGroup
1996Are you talkin to me!?Galleri Specta, Copenhagen Group
1996InterzonesKunstforeningen GL Strand, CopenhagenGroup
1996Zeitgenössische Fotokunst aus den NiederlandenNBK - Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, BerlinGroup
1996L art Au Corps Le Corps Exposé De Man Ray A Nos JoursMAC Musées d´Art Contemporain Marseille, MarseilleGroup