In Aram Tanis his work isolation, alienation and standardization are important themes. He also thinks it is important to make people aware and confront them with subjects they often pass by or ignore.


Important motifs in Tanis’ work are the buildings and the urban landscape. They both are a symbol for the anonymity of the contemporary urban environment and the isolation of the people who live in it. It can also be seen as a critique on the mass produced.


Tanis’ work about people, animals or everyday objects refer also to this theme. He wants to show the less attractive side of (family) life. The media inundates us with all kinds of stereotypes. People need to meet a certain standard to be found ‘normal’. One must keep a certain lifestyle, which is ‘accepted’. The media determines what is beautiful and how people judge things. It provides a standardization in society. Tanis wants to show the other side and go beyond the façade.




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De Ateliers (Amsterdam / NL)  

Kaywon, School of Art and Design (Seoul / KR)  

Gerrit Rietveld Academy (Amsterdam / NL)  




Het Vijfde Seizoen (Den Dolder / NL)  

Guest Studio Louwrien Wijers (Ferwert / NL)  

Stichting IK (Oost-Souburg / NL)  

KiK (Kolderveen / NL)  

Badgast (Scheveningen / NL)  

Argument (Tilburg / NL)  

id11 (Delft / NL)  

Institute for Provocation (Beijing / CN)  

Kunsteyssen (Alkmaar / NL)  

Kunsthuis SYB (Beetsterzwaag / NL) 




Foundation Anna Cornelis

Mondriaan Fund

Mondriaan Fund

Dutch Doc Award Longlist Nomination

Amsterdam Fund for the Arts

Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture

Museum Winterthur Plat(t)form 07 Honourable Mention

Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture

GD4ART International Competition Longlist Nomination

Van Bommel Van Dam Award Shortlist Nomination

Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture

Holland Casino Art Award Shortlist Nomination

Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture

Foundation of the Vrijvrouwe van Renswoude The Hague



EXHIBITION & FAIR (* Solo / Duo Exhibition)

CBK (Amsterdam / NL)

ARTTRA Fireflies Ain't Here Anymore (Amsterdam / NL) *

C&H Art Space Fireflies Ain't Here Anymore (Amsterdam / NL) *

Corridor Project Space Even My Mom Can Make a Book (Amsterdam / NL)

Cosmos Arles Books (Arles / FR)

Fahrenheit 39 (Ravenna / IT)

FotoGang (Florence / IT)

Kaserne Basel I Never Read (Basel / CH)

Koel310 Urban Landscapes - Sharing Territories (Alkmaar / NL)

LhGWR Fireflies Ain't Here Anymore (The Hague / NL) *


Semblance Here's to Now (Brooklyn / USA)

Stichting IK 5 Years IK (Oost-Souburg / NL)

Het Vijfde Seizoen Parallel Lives (Den Dolder / NL) *

Volkshotel Off The Strip (Amsterdam / NL) *

Watersnoodmuseum Oral History - 1953 (Ouwerkerk / NL)

37PK In My Time (Haarlem / NL)

Apartment Project Even My Mom Can Make a Book (Berlin / DE)

Art Space Wagemans Fireflies Ain't Here Anymore (Beetsterzwaag / NL) *

Cityscapes Gallery Summer in the City 2 (Amsterdam / NL)

Gare de Strasbourg OUTSIDEr (Strasbourg / FR)

Guest Studio Louwrien Wijers Fireflies Ain't Here Anymore (Ferwert / NL) *

Künstlerhaus Stuttgart Even My Mom Can Make a Book (Stuttgart / DE)

Mediamatic Hope Step Japan (Amsterdam / NL)

Misulsegye Gallery Space-In & Space-Out (Seoul / KR)

MoMart Balconism (Amsterdam / NL)

MoMart New Works II (Amsterdam / NL)

De Nederlandsche Bank (Amsterdam / NL)

Nida Art Colony On Flux of Sand and Aquatic Eco Systems (Vilnius / LT)

North Sea Conference Cinema at Sea (The Hague / NL)

OBA I Am Not Doing Anything Until I Feel the Need (Amsterdam / NL)

RAM Foundation Art Streams (Rotterdam / NL)

Tetterode Binding Image II (Amsterdam / NL)

TodaysArt 2014 The Best of Badgast (Scheveningen / NL)

Van Abbe Museum Art, Property of Politics IV (Eindhoven / NL)

Amsterdam Fund for the Arts Amsterdam Blues (Amsterdam / NL) *

Apartment Project Even My Mom Can Make a Book (Istanbul / TR)

Arts and Humanities Institute Gallery (Idaho / USA)

ARTTRA Amsterdam Blues (Amsterdam / NL) *

Badgast Departure Bay (Scheveningen / NL) *

The Commons World Oceans Film Festival (The Hague / NL)

International Filmfestival Cine al Mar (Sante Marta / CO)

KiK Useless Useful Objects Bring Order in the Chaos (Kolderveen / NL) *

De Kring (Amsterdam / NL)

MoMart MoMart Presents All (Amsterdam / NL)

Moscow City Hall Gallery (Idaho / USA)

Museum of Contemporary Art Erarta Undercover (St. Petersburg / RU)

Museum Schiedam Art, Property of Politics II (Schiedam / NL)

MuzyQ Binding Image I (Amsterdam / NL)

RE: Rotterdam Art Fair 2012 (Rotterdam / NL)

Rewire Festival Beginnings Are in the Offing (The Hague / NL)

Satellietgroep Now Wakes the Sea (Batumi / GE)

Satellietgroep Zeespiegel (Scheveningen / NL)

Siemens Sanat Now Wakes the Sea (Istanbul / TR)

Stichting IK Going Back to Where I Used to Stand (Oost-Souburg / NL) *

Stichting IK Where I Am Likely to Find It (Oost-Souburg)

The Twin Falls Center for the Arts (Idaho / USA)

Van Abbe Museum Tricksters Tricked (Eindhoven / NL)

Argument In Between (Tilburg / NL) *

Apartman Projesi Even my mum can make a book (Istanbul / TR)

ARTTRA Blowing Smoke and Seahorses (Amsterdam / NL) *

Caochangdi PhotoSpring - Arles in Beijing (Beijing / CN)

Frontviews Statics and the Movement in Between (Berlin / DE)

Gallery Korea The Beauti:Fool (New York / USA)

Ginza Graphic Gallery TDC Exhibition (Tokyo / JP)

Huis Marseille Photo Book Marathon (Amsterdam / NL)

Incubate Festival Blueprint (Tilburg / NL) *

Kadmium (Delft / NL)

Kunstverein Düsseldorf Blowing Smoke and Seahorses (Düsseldorf / DE) *

Manzara Perspectives Even My Mom Can Make a Book (Istanbul / TR)

MIA fair (Milan / IT)

MK Gallery Deconstruction (Rotterdam / NL) *

Offprint (Paris / FR)

RC de Ruimte Push (Amsterdam / NL)

Timezone 8 - 798 Art District Blowing Smoke and Seahorses (Beijing / CN) *

Vegas Gallery Roulette (London / UK)

Vegas Gallery Stay in the Light (London / UK)

Art Rotterdam (Rotterdam / NL)

ARTTRA Urban Jungle (Amsterdam / NL) *

Coalmine Urban Jungle (Winterthur / CH) *

The F.U.E.L. Collection (Philadelphia / USA)

General Store Print Matters (Sydney / AUS)

Little Big Press (Rome / IT)

Mart House Gallery Urban Jungle (Amsterdam / NL) *

MK Gallery Review of a Position (Berlin / DE)

Olympic Parktel Our Space: Six Perspectives (Seoul / KR)

Photo-OFF (Paris /FR)

Project(OR) Art Fair (Rotterdam / NL)

Publish it Yourself (Nogent sur Marne / FR)

RC de Ruimte Urban Landscapes I (IJmuiden / NL)

Souterrain What About Japan (Amsterdam / NL)

W139 - Souterrain (Amsterdam / NL)

ACF, Centre for Photography Facing Japan (Amsterdam / NL) *

Ambika P3 The Urban Tendency (London / UK)

Festival for Photography (Bielska-Biala / PL)

Gallery Masters (Amsterdam / NL) *

Grid06 (Amsterdam / NL) *

International Festival for Artistic Photography (Athens / GR)

Kunsteyssen (Alkmaar / NL) *

Kunsthuis SYB Impakt (Beetsterzwaag / NL)

Lloyd Hotel Cet Obscur Objet du Désir (Amsterdam / NL) *

Lloyd Hotel Remi (Amsterdam / NL)

MAMA Meatdistrict (Rotterdam / NL)

MK Gallery Ji Hyun Song (Rotterdam / NL) *

MK Gallery Review of a Position (Rotterdam / NL)

Museum Van Bommel Van Dam Van Bommel Van Dam Award (Venlo / NL)

De Oude Kerk (Amsterdam / NL)

Open Screen Short Film Festival (Amsterdam / NL)

Palazzo Pepoli Campogrande (Bologna / IT)

Photo Festival Naarden Emoticon (Naarden / NL)

Photo London (London / UK)

Stichting KOP (Breda / NL)

Vegas Gallery Ground Zero, Size Zero (London / UK)

Witte de With Street, Behind the Cliché (Rotterdam / NL)

Year 07 (London / UK)

66 East, Centre for Urban Culture (Amsterdam / NL)

ARTTRA Ji Hyun Song (Amsterdam / NL) *

Beurstraverse (Rotterdam / NL)

FOAM, Museum for Photography Oase (Amsterdam / NL)

Frankfurter Kunstverein Paralleles Leben (Frankfurt / DE)

Ministry of Culture Cet Obscur Objet du Désir (The Hague / NL) *

XX Multiple Gallery (Rotterdam / NL)




Webdesign Jacolijn Verhoef Jewellery

Photo Assignment De Correspondent 100 Dagen na het Nieuws over Keulen

Photo Assignment Fonds Sluyterman van Loo

PhotoCafe SOCIAL (Birmingham / UK)

Artist Talk MoMart (Amsterdam / NL)

Curator MoMart Balconism (Amsterdam / NL)

Curator Tetterode Binding Image II (Amsterdam / NL)

Jury Member Beeldjagers

Presentation MOTI Museum of the Image / Chassé Theatre (Breda / NL)

Artist Talk Kunstverein Düsseldorf (Düsseldorf / DE)

Curator MuzyQ Binding Image I (Amsterdam / NL)

Curator Arti et Amicitiae Blauwdruk (Amsterdam / NL)

Curator Stichting IK Where I'm Likely to Find It  (Oost-Souburg / NL)

Guest Teacher Sandberg Institute (Amsterdam / NL)

Presentation Trans Artists (Amsterdam / NL)

Artist Talk id11 (Delft / NL)

PhotoQ Columns 'Border(Line)'

Artist Talk Witte de With (Rotterdam / NL)

Curator Arti et Amicitiae Perception of Reality (Amsterdam / NL)

Photo Assignment Ministry of Economics

Photo Assignment Only Human




Calendar The Great Dutch Art Calendar

Catalogue Stichting IK 5 Year Anniversary

Photo Book Origini Edizioni Fireflies

Photo Book Semblance Here's to Now

Photo Book Het Vijfde Seizoen Parallel Lives

Website GUP Off The Strip

Website New Dawn Off The Strip

Calendar Great Amsterdam Art Calendar

Calendar I Am Not Doing Anything Until I Feel the Need

Catalogue Misulsegye Gallery Space-In & Space-Out

Magazine Extra Extra #1

Magazine New Dawn #5

Magazine Platform Platvorm #2

Newspaper De Stienser Expositie Aram Tanis bij Atelier Louwrien Wijers

Photo Book This Very Instant Adulthood

Photo Book Stedelijk Museum Pieter en Marieke Sanders: OBJECT BELOW

Website Cultureel Persbureau The Weird World of Tanis

Website Landscape Stories #20 Night

Website New Dawn Binding Image

Brochure Satellietgroep Zeespiegel

Catalogue Gallery Korea The Beauti:Fool

Catalogue id11 op_LOCATIE

Catalogue Satellietgroep Badgast -  In Between PS1 New York and Shanghai

Catalogue Witte de WIth 20+ Years Witte de With

Magazine GRAPHIC #24 Amsterdam

Magazine Monu #17 Next Urbanism

Multiple MK Edition

Newspaper PZC

Photo Book Amsterdam Blues

Photo Book Going Back to Where I Am Used to Stand

Photo Book Self Publish Be Happy Self Publish Be Naughty

Website Self Publish Be Happy Amsterdam Blues

Catalogue Studio Achermann Allreal Fotosammlung 2010

Catalogue Typography Director Club Tokyo Volume 21

Magazine Abitare China #21 Visual Lesson

Newspaper Het Parool Intiem Gezicht van de Mierenhoop Peking

Photo Book Café Royal Books Blind Dogs, Fallen Men

Photo Book Blowing Smoke and Seahorses

Photo Book Smokebath

Website Ground Magazine Blowing Smoke and Seahorses

Website Landscape Stories #2 Snow Blind

Website RP Online Aram Tanis' Bilder Sollen den Blick Schärfen

Website Self Publish Be Happy Blowing Smoke and Seahorses

Magazine Beeswax Magazine #6

Magazine GUP Things We Like

Magazine GUP The Anniversary issue

Magazine P/F Magazine

Newspaper The Burcher Zeitung

Newspaper De Volkskrant Only Animals Left in Desolate Cities

Source Book Witte de With Changing Roles

Photo Book Urban Jungle

Website Bite! Magazine

Catalogue Only Human 5 in balance

Catalogue Photo Festival Naarden Emoticon

Magazine Art Monthly UK

Magazine GUP Dutch Heroes

Magazine Identity Matters #11

Newspaper Leeuwarder Courant

Newspaper Volkskrant Banen

Catalogue Frankfurter Kunstverein Paralleles Leben

Catalogue De Oude Kerk

Magazine Ministry of Culture Punt

Newspaper Allgemeine Zeitung

Newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Newspaper Frankfurter Offenbach Post

Newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau

Newspaper Die Tageszeitung

Newspaper Volkskrant Hans Aarsman Collection




Van Abbe Museum

Allreal Collection

Altrecht Art Collection

Cosimo Ricatto Art Collection

Fred Wagemans Art Collection

Pieter en Marieke Sanders Collection

Stedelijk Museum

Private Collections

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