Jan Dibbets

Born in 1941 in Weert, the Netherlands, Jan Dibbets is a prominent figure in Conceptual photography. His artistic journey began with training as an art teacher at the Tilburg Academy from 1959 to 1963. In the early 1960s, Dibbets explored abstract shaped canvases before making a decisive shift away from traditional painting in 1967.

A pivotal moment in Dibbets’ trajectory occurred with a British Council scholarship leading him to London, where he encountered influential figures in Land art, including Richard Long. Upon returning to Holland and settling in Amsterdam, he initiated innovative projects like ‘Plough Projects’ and ‘Beach Projects,’ laying the foundation for his inaugural ‘Perspective Corrections.’

Dibbets’ distinctive approach involved using photography to create a dynamic interplay between nature and geometry. Employing techniques such as rotating the camera on its axis and systematically adjusting shutter speeds, he pushed the boundaries of artistic expression. Beyond photography, Dibbets explored video, film, and conceptual works, showcasing his versatility and unwavering commitment to artistic exploration.

A turning point in Dibbets’ career occurred with his exhibition at the Dutch pavilion during the 1972 Venice Biennale, firmly establishing his international recognition. Currently residing in Amsterdam, Jan Dibbets remains a pioneering force in conceptual art, continually challenging conventional perspectives.