Artist Profile – Janne van Gilst

We are pleased to introduce Janne van Gilst, the first artist who will be participating in the Expatriate Archive Centre’s 10th Anniversary project. Van Gilst is a photographer based in The Hague, The Netherlands. In her work she deconstructs her environment. The hidden information, symbols and stories she finds, she makes visible using different photographic techniques.

Van Gilst attended the Royal Academy of Arts (KABK) in The Hague from 2008-2013. Her work since has included exhibitions in Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam, and elsewhere in the Netherlands. She also works as a teacher in The Hague at both the Gemeentemuseum and the Royal Academy of Arts and is co-founder of the Windmakers art initiative.

In June 2015 she made a 4500 km long journey through Britain, from Cornwall all the way to the Isle of Skye. Her current series ‘Where the trees have names’ is the first part of a research on Britain and the deep relationship the Brits have with their environment. The landscape forms a dramatic decor for the many myths and legends that are to be found. To see examples of this current project, as well as more examples of her art, please visit her website,

We are thrilled to have her on board, and look forward to the results of her interaction with the archive. Welcome, Janne!