Annabelle Binnerts (1995) is a visual artist and writer. Her work revolves around the idea that reading a sentence can be like stepping through a door; there’s another world hidden behind the written words.

Words are at the center of her practice, both as subject and material. She works with language like a sculptor works her clay: as a material that can be bent, shaped, and played with. By doing so, language becomes a material that can surround, envelop or absorb you.

She sees words as shape-shifters, living a double life: one on the page, and one in our heads, evoking ideas, objects, or experiences that are elsewhere. Her work thus calls upon the imagination of the viewer/reader. By placing the text in the exhibition context - for example, executed as textiles or as site-specific murals - she subtly plays with this reading experience. While reading and interpreting the words, space is created for both the poetic as well as the misunderstanding, ultimately leading to a work that’s slightly different for every spectator who reads it.

In her practice, she plays with the explanatory function that is usually expected of texts. Language is often seen as a resource we use to describe and understand the world around us, but it also carries the potential to evoke a different world and thereby move you to another place, or into another body.

In 2021-2022 my work is generously supported by Mondriaan Fonds


annabelle.binnerts95 [at] gmail [dot] com
︎ @annabellebinnerts

2022-2024     De Ateliers, Amsterdam
2018-2020      MA Fine Arts, Piet Zwart Institute
2017-2018      Bcademie, Rotterdam
2016-2018      Art History, University of Amsterdam
2016               European Exchange Academy, UK
2013-2017      Beeld en Taal, Gerrit Rietveld Academie
2012-2013      Precourse, HKU, Utrecht

Exhibitions (selection)

Offspring 2023, De Ateliers, Amsterdam
Storyworlds / Retracing Connections, Depo Istanbul, Istanbul
Elders Collectief, Kortrijk

Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth, Woonhuis, Amsterdam
Wonderbaarlijke Wezens, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort
50 jaar Ruigoord: Oase der Verwondering, Ruigoord, Amsterdam
Outside the Text, Platform P-OST, Nijmegen
Prospects, Art Rotterdam 2023, Van Nelle Fabriek, Rotterdam

All Water Falls Into Language, Kiraathane Literature House, Istanbul
Smoothing (Lines into Circles) , Tale of a Tub, Rotterdam
Wat ik je nog wilde zeggen, exhibition in print, Unformed/Informed

Intuinen,Amersfoort (project in public space)
RE:RE:RE, Academiegalerie, Utrecht
Graduation Show, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam
The Passing of the First Threshold, GINDS, Hoofddorp
Wat ik je nog wilde zeggen, TENT, Rotterdam
Open Studios, Casco Art Institute, Utrecht
Bring home what you can hold, public space, Utrecht

Fish and guests smell at three days old, P/////AKT, Amsterdam
Call(s) for Graduates, Mister Motley/NEST/Melkweg Expo
Expoplu Engage: Departures, Expoplu, Nijmegen
UtrechtDownUnder, de Oude Bibliotheek, Utrecht
Unlocked/Reconnected, Expoplu, Nijmegen
Open Studios, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam

The trees are inviting the wind, Willem Twee Kunstruimte,Den Bosch
Love @ SecondSight, Corrosia, Almere
Room for Space, VensterbankLeiden
Open Studios, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam
The New Current, Passenger Terminal, Rotterdam
Short Ride in a Fast Machine, Moira, Utrecht

Short Ride in a Fast Machine - The Window Show, Moira, Utrecht
On my way to the Galactic Supermarket, Need Anything?, Garage Rotterdam, Rotterdam
Creme Fresh-De Belofte 13, Kunstliefde, Utrecht
Banier Art Festival, Rotterdam

Artist talk during De Mus, Torpedo Theater, Amsterdam
ARTY PARTY, Melkweg Gallery
Graduation Show 2017, Gerrit Rietveld Academy
Online performance during God Dead Confused in serf, Leeds

Vocabulary of the Void at Galerie Bokboden, Bergen, Noorwegen
Performance during Stedelijk Bookclub: Press! Print! Publish!, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Wiels Art Book Fair, WIELS, Brussels

This Art Fair, Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam
Printing Plant Art Book Fair, Looiersgracht 60, Amsterdam

This Art Fair, Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam
Beurs voor Bijzondere Uitgevers, Paradiso

De Ateliers, Amsterdam

Residency at Casco Art Institute, Utrecht
Residency at GinDS, Hoofddorp


(not titled yet), a zine published by Unformed Informed Publishing

Guest, a pamphlet published by SPTM Publishing

Publication of several short pieces in Short Pieces that Move

Essay about my work in Het Parool
Artist Contribution for Tubelight Magazine
Essay by Maarten Buser for De Lage Landen
Review of The Trees Are Inviting The Wind by Mister Motley
Interview in de Volkskrant
Review of A Short Ride in a Fast Machine in Metropolis M

Featured on Lost Painters
Featured on Jegens & Tevens
Artist Contribution to Anything Makes Sense by Outline, Sarajevo
Publication on Mr. Motley College

Featured in Metropolis M no. 4, Eindexamens
Featured in Het Parool
Featured in See All This #4

Curatorial/Editorial work 

Member of the editorial swarm of SPTM Publishing

One Act Play - the loveliest of graduates, Academiegalerie, Utrecht


Board Member for Tubelight Magazine
Studio assistant for Kasper Bosmans

Mondriaan Fonds Werkbijdrage Jong Talent

Proposal for Belle van Zuylenprijs - award design
Longlist for Sybren Hellinga Kunstprijs

Live work during Kunst is Lang for Mister Motley
Artist Talk at TIP OFF #1, Melkweg Gallery
Part of De Belofte 2018, Kunstliefde Utrecht

Funding from Berlagefonds for graduation project Vocabulary of the Void