Sander Coers (b. 1997) is an artist working with photography based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, whose work balances the borders of documentary and fiction. With a tender gaze, he seeks to establish new perspectives on masculinity by visualizing, recontextualizing, and (de)constructing memories. The coming-of-age theme is recurring throughout his work, as he reflects on stories of love, friendship, and self-discovery drawn from his family, friends, and peers.

Fascinated by the the ability of vacation photos to transmit stories throughout generations, Sander explores the romanticized notions of the past encapsulated in these images. His visual style emulates these photos through deeply saturated colors and nostalgic scenes, infusing his portraits, stills, and landscapes with profound emotions. He delves into how these photos, typically portraying only happy moments, contribute to shaping familial narratives and perceptions of history.

Sander graduated with Honors in Fine Art from the Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam in 2021. He self-published his graduation project Come Home, which was selected for multiple prizes. Since then, he has published two more books: This Naked Incident and Blue Mood (Al Mar). His work has been exhibited in various galleries and museums in The Netherlands and abroad. His publications include features in Foam, Vogue, Die Zeit, i-D, and Monopol. Sander was recognized as a Rising Star of 2022 by the Dutch newspaper NRC and is currently participating in the Foam Talent program for 2024-2025. His work has been acquired by the Preus Museum, Rabobank, and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


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Selected Group Exhibitions

Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation, Eschborn, DE (upcoming)
Unfair, Amsterdam, NL (upcoming)
Palm* Photo Prize, 1014 Gallery, London, UK (upcoming)
Palm* Photo Prize, Melkweg Expo, Amsterdam, NL (upcoming)
Photo London, Open Doors Gallery, London, UK (upcoming)
Foam Talent, Foam, Amsterdam, NL
A Flag, Amsterdam, NL
Grisebach x DER GREIF, Berlin, DE
Grisebach x DER GREIF, Munich, DE
OD Photo Prize, Open Doors Gallery, London, UK
Vogue: What is Beauty, Milan, IT
Preus Museum, Oslo, NO
PhMuseum, Bologna, IT
Unseen, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, NL
Springboard Art Fair, Utrecht, NL
Josilda da Conceição Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
Rabo Portrait Prize, Het Depot Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, NL
Unseen, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, NL
Wild Summer of Art, BRUTUS, Rotterdam, NL
The Gallery Club, Amsterdam, NL
Het Creatieve Huis x De Bijenkorf, Rotterdam, NL
Palm* Photo Prize, 1014 Gallery, London, UK
This Naked Incident, Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam, NL
Best of Graduates 2021, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, NL
Contour Gallery, Rotterdam, NL
Noorderlicht Futurama, Museum Belvédère, Heerenveen, NL
Gallery Untitled, Rotterdam, NL
Beyond Dada en De Stijl, Museum Dr8888, Drachten, NL
New Dutch Photography Talent 2018, Amsterdam, NL

Selected Publications
Foam, i-D, Het Financieele DagbladUnseen, Vogue, Monopol MagazinNRCFisheye
Die Zeit, Weltkunst, Booooooom, Het Parool, Paper Journal Mag, Número, Dear Dave

Preus Museum, Rabobank, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mondriaan Fonds
Reyn van der Lugt Collection, Laurent Germain Collection

Blue Mood (Al Mar) 
Come Home
This Naked Incident 
Prizes, Nominations & Support

Palm* Photo Prize - shortlist
Mondriaan Fonds Kunstenaar Start - support
Foam Talent - selected
Preus Museum Award - shortlist
OD Photo Prize - judge’s pick
Booooooom Art & Photo Book Award - won
Stichting Stokroos - support
Rabo Portrait Prize Talent - shortlist
SYB Kunstprijs - longlist
OD Photo Prize - longlist
Palm* Photo Prize - longlist
Athens Photo Festival - longlist
Rijzende Sterren, NRC - selected
RM Photo Award - won
Best of Graduates, Galerie Ron Mandos - selected
Rabo Portrait Prize Talent - longlist
New Dutch Photography Talent - selected

Selected Clients

Essentiel Antwerp, Sony Music, Die Zeit, Woolrich, PAL Sporting Goods
Daniëlle Cathari, The New Originals, Iris van Herpen, DJ Mag