SANDER COERS (b. 1997) is a Rotterdam-based artist working with photography. His work balances on the borders of documentary and fiction, portraying real people, places and their stories within melancholic and romanticized worlds. With the coming-of-age theme being recurrent throughout his work, he reflects on stories of love, friendship, growing up and self-acceptance, collected from his friends and peers. His visual language is strongly inspired by nostalgic echoes of his youth in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen, which he evokes visually through colourful stills, portraits and landscapes while making use of a tender and intimate gaze. 

Sander received his BA with honours of Photography from Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam in 2021. His graduation project Come Home was selected for Best of Graduates 2021, nominated for the Rabobank Portrait Prize and published (inter)nationally. He won the RM Photo Award before being selected as Rising Star of 2022 by Dutch newspaper NRC and nominated for the Palm* Photo Prize in London, UK. Coers’ work has been acquired by the collections of the Rabobank, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and various private collections.

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2022   Josilda da Conceição Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
2022   Rabo Portrait Prize, Depot Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, NL
2022   Unseen, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, NL
2022   Wild Summer of Art, BRUTUS, Rotterdam, NL
2022   The Gallery Club, Amsterdam, NL
2022   Het Creatieve Huis x De Bijenkorf, Rotterdam, NL
2022   Palm* Photo Prize, 1014 Gallery, London, UK
2022   This Naked Incident, Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam, NL
2022   Amuse, Galerie Wilms, KunstRAI, Amsterdam, NL
2021    Best of Graduates 2021, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, NL
2021    Contour Gallery, Rotterdam, NL
2020   Noorderlicht Futurama, Museum Belvédère, Heerenveen, NL
2019    Gallery Untitled, Rotterdam, NL
2018    Beyond Dada en De Stijl Part II, Museum Dr8888, Drachten, NL
2017    New Dutch Photography Talent 2018, art’otel, Amsterdam, NL  


Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Reyn van der Lugt Collection
Laurent Germain Collection
Various Private Collections


i-D / Elle NL / Vogue NL / HERO / NRC / Fisheye /
Die Zeit / Booooooom / Het Parool / Paper Journal Mag


2022  Rabo Portrait Prize Talent - Shortlist
2022  SYB Kunstprijs - Longlist
2022  OD Photo Award - Longlist
2022  Palm* Photo Prize - Shortlist
2022  Athens Photo Festival - Shortlist
2022  Rijzende Sterren, NRC
2021   RM Photo Award - Won
2021   Best of Graduates, Galerie Ron Mandos
2021   Rabo Portrait Prize Talent - Longlist
2018   New Dutch Photography Talent


2022   Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, NL
2018   Garage Café #5, Garage Rotterdam, NL


2021   Come Home, self-published
2021   This Naked Incident, with: JapSam Books, MAMA & WdKA


Sony Music / Die Zeit / Woolrich / Daniëlle Cathari / The New Originals / ...,staat / Iris van Herpen / Jan Jansen