Popel Coumou

Artist Biography

Popel Coumou is a Dutch photographer who’s work has been collected and shown by Gemeente Museum Den Haag, Het Domein, Foam, Huis Marseille, Statoil, the Dutch Ministry, AMC and Dela. Recently her work is shown in Art Centre Mechelen, Belgium and at Photo Dubai. Her work has been recognized through such prices as the Foam Talent, Mercure Cultuur price, won the Hyères Photography competition and nominated for the Paul Huf Award. Her commissions include a catalogue for Hermes at Villa Poiret Mallet-Stevens @ ADAGP, Hotel Mercure in the Hague, and the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam.

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Artist Statement

Popel Coumou builds her own reality. Layer after layer she has always made two dimensional collages of photographs, paper, clay, photographs and many other materials. The pieces are carefully lit from the back and captured with an analogue camera, giving it a third dimension and bringing it to the border of reality and fiction, and photography and painting.  In her earlier work, her pieces mainly take place inside spaces such as abandoned hotels and dusty hallways where the light governs straight lines.

Now her analogue photographs have become more abstract.  She now looks at the horizon as a point of orientation, as well abstraction. She interprets physical limits of vision as one of the origins of abstract art, echoing steps taken by her illustrious predecessors from De Stijl, such as Mondrian and Van der Leck.  Popel now combines landscape photography and paper with abstract lines to create new detailed compositions. She brings us the world in its purest state.


Popel Coumou

October 21, 2016 - December 24, 2016

Popel Coumou

Popel Coumou

September 7, 2014 - October 12, 2014

Volta 13 – Basel – Jane Benson and Popel Coumou

Jane Benson and Popel Coumou

June 12, 2017 - June 17, 2017

Pulse Art Fair, Miami Beach 2015

Carlos Rigau, Jasmina Cibic, Matthew Abbott, Nynke Koster, Popel Co...

December 1, 2015 - December 5, 2015

PULSE Miami Beach, 2014 Booth B8

Claudia Joskowicz, Jane Benson, Popel Coumou

December 4, 2014 - December 7, 2014

Bound by Paper – Books

January 19, 2017 - March 5, 2017

Parool, JP Ekker
Telegraaf (mercure Cultuur Price)
Book: POPEL COUMOU, Untitled. Designed by Willem
van Zoetendaal, published by Torch Gallery and
van Zoetendaal.
Foam Talent Magazine #31
Interview in de Parool by Daniel Bertina.
Interview with Robert Altena at Springvossen, Radio
NRC Handelsblad, Cultureel Supplement
Radio interview with Tjitske Mussche at “De Avonden”
Livraison (may 2009) (SE)
XXste eeuw, Gemeente Museum Den Haag
Grafik (GB)
Gup Magazine
Creative review (GB)
Hyeres 2007, 22e Festival International de Mode & de
Photography (FR)
Foam Album 2008
Photographie (D)
Ppaper (TW)
Oris (HR)
2007 Hyeres 2007, 22e Festival International de Mode &
de Photography (FR)
Chinese Commercial Photography
Le Monde 2 (FR)
HTV No. 69
Art contemporain dans la périphérie
De volkskrant
Met stip
Room with a view
The Independant
New photographers 2007
Art Contemporain dans la Périphérie (FR)
De Haagse Courant
CBK Annual Magazine
Digital Magazine www.kiez21.org
Catalogue of the shell young art awards
PF Magazine