Diana Scherer is a visual artist living and working in Amsterdam.  She is born in Lauingen Germany  and studied fine art at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Her practice encompasses photography, material research, plant root-weaving and sculpture. Over the past years she has exhibited in several international solo and group shows. Recent shows include Earth Matters; Textile Museum Tilburg, Spectrum Crops;  Mediamatic Amsterdam, Springtide; Photography Museum Rotterdam and A Queen Within – Adorned Archetypes; New Orleans Museum of Art. She published two books at Van Zoetendaal Publishers; Nurture Studies 2012 and Mädchen  2015.

Currently her work  Rootbound # 2, a dress grown from plantroots, is  featured in the exhibition Fashioned from Nature at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

Scherer explores the relationship of man versus his natural environment and his desire to control nature. The project  Exercises in Root System Domestication originated as an art project with an intuitive approach. It has also developed into an innovative material research for a new and sustainable textile material. Working on this project Scherer shifts between disciplines, from design to art, craft and science. To develop the work she collaborate together with biologists, engineers and designers.

Interwoven has been honoured by the New Material Award Fellow 2016. The New Material Award is a biennial prize organised by Het Nieuwe Instituut that challenges artists and designers to develop and apply sustainable materials and innovative technologies.

Upcoming 2019

Centre Photographique Rouen Normandie – Curator Raphaëlle Stopin  24 may 2019  http://centrephotographique.com/

Design by Time – by Ginger Duggan & Judith Hoos Fox; Pratt Manhattan Gallery;  Pratt Institute New York January 2019

VIENNA BIENNALE 2019 -MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, 28May 2019

Plant & Human Australian Centre for Photography, Darlinghurst

Plant Fever -  Centre de Innovation et de Design, Hornu Belgium



Selected Solo / Duo Exhibitions

Spectrum Crops  - Findings in Color, Mediamatic; Amsterdam

Interwoven;  Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam

Looking up / Looking down – with Anne Geene, Arjan de Nooy;  Gallery Caroline O’Breen, Amsterdam

Duo- Kim, Yong Hoon & Diana Scherer; Korogram Korea Seoul

Interwoven: How Science and Art Meet Belowground – Symposium/exhibition; Wageningen University

Nurture Studies -Hedendaagse kunst in Villa Mondriaan; Winterswijk

Nurture Studies – Nijmegen UMC;  Netherlands

The Peace Weary;  Menno Wigman & Diana Scherer; Balie  Amsterdam

Nofound Photo Fair; Paris

European Ceramic Workcenter (EKWC), Den Bosch; Netherlands

Theo; Buro Leeuwarden, Fries Museum; Netherlands

Neue Arbeiten; Gallery Van Zoetendaal; Amsterdam


Vom Ephemeren zum Nachhaltigen Symposium, Embassy of Italy Berlin,

with Prof. Stefano Boeri, Armin Linke, Bartolomeo Pietromarchi, Stefano Mancuso.

Symposium Hortitecture 03 ; TU Braunschweig Nov 15,2017

Symposium Future Matters; exploring our sustainable materiality; Central Saint Martins London November 9, 2017

Symposium Alive. Active. Adaptive.  International Conference Emerging Materials – Nieuwe Instituut / TU Delft; June 2017 Rotterdam

Interwoven – How science and art meet below ground; University Wageningen Netherlands 2017

Material-Pioneers - Het Nieuwe Instituut;  Rotterdam 2017

Biotalk Regeneration – Mediamatic & Transnatural; Amsterdam 2016

Book exhibitions

Mädchen; Short list – PhotoEspaña 2015 Best Photography Book of the Year Award

Museum of the National Library; Madrid

Post Books 2015, Van Zoetendaal Publishers books; Tokyo

Undercover; Museum of Contemporary Art Erarta St. Petersburg

Best Dutch Book Designs; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

The Peace Weary;  Menno Wigman & Diana Scherer; Balie /Athenaeum Amsterdam

World Book Design 2012-13;  Printing Museum Tokyo

Book Salon; Duesseldorf

Nofound Photo Fair; Paris

Unseen Photo Fair; Foam; Amsterdam

New York Photobook Fair PS1; New York

Selected Group Exhibitions/Presentations


Fashioned from Nature – by Edwina Ehrman Victoria & Albert Museum;  London April 2018

Biodesign - From Inspiration to Integration; William Myers

Rhode Island School of Design;  August 2018

IN VIVO; Noorderlicht  International Photographyfestival 2018

Photo Basel; Gallery Caroline O’ Breen

Design Week Jerusalem; June 2018

Bio meets Digital; Atelier Néerlandais Paris

The Eye is the Centre; Ketelfactory Schiedam

A Queen Within – Adorned Archetypes / New Orleans Museum of Art

Frankenstein, tussen fantasie en frictie / Rijksmuseum Boerhaave 

We Are Food - Museum Jan Cunen; Oss


Springvloed – Van Zoetendaal en collectie; Nederlands Fotomuseum Rotterdam

New Material Award – Vitra Museum; Wheil am Rhein

Earth Matters – Textiel Museum; Tilburg until November 2017

Herbarium – Fotografisk Center; Copenhagen

The Principle of least Effort – Kunstvereniging Diepenheim

Salone del Mobile – Milan Design Week,  Nieuwe Instituut

(Re)Inventing Nature -  Fotodok; Utrecht

Dutch Design Week; Transnatural

Dutch Design Week; Nieuwe Instituut – New Material Award

Transnatural  Amsterdam; Regeneration

Photography Extended; Museum Het Valkhof Nijmegen


Unseen Photo Fair Amsterdam, Gallery Caroline O’Breen , with Ola Lanko and Laurence Aegerter

Found Reality, Art’otel; Amsterdam   

Post Books, Van Zoetendaal Publishers books; Tokyo

Still/Life; Contemporary Dutch Photography; Himalayas Museum Shanghai

Natuurtalenten Provinciehuis; Haarlem

Gooddesign- The Natural Circle; Design week Milan


Natural Recall; http: Serra dei giardini ; Greenhouse Venice

Marks of Honour  revisited; The PhotoBookmuseum Cologne

Stilllife; Three Shadows Gallery Beijing; China.

Bookpresentation Mädchen Photobook Fair PS1; New York

Unseen Photofair Amsterdam; Gallery Caroline O’Breen

Honoré; Galerie Visconti Paris

Book presentation Mädchen; Athenaeum Amsterdam

What should have remained secret has come to light; Gallery Format Malmö

Undercover; Museum of Contemporary Art Erarta St. Petersburg

The Peace Weary;  Menno Wigman & Diana Scherer; Balie /Athenaeum Amsterdam

World Book Design 2012-13;  Printing Museum Tokyo

Urban Dramas; Arti et Amicitiae Amsterdam

Face to Face; VHS Photogallery Stuttgart



Publications / Reviews

Frame Magazine 2018

BLDG Blog by by Geoff Manaugh ‘Rootkit’ 2017


Wired magazine by Margaret Rhodes, 2017


NRC  ’Dwarse vogel – encyclopedie en wonderlijke wortelpatronen’ by Rianne van Dijk 2017

Het Parool ‘De Natuur is Poezie’ 2017

Trouw – “De wortel als Borduurgaren’ by Joke de Wolf  2016

Art Das Kunstmagazin #3 /2016

Album #4 ‘Mein Freund der Baum’ 2016

Exit Magazine #55 / 2015 ‘Underground’ ; Madrid

Volkskrant Uitgelicht ‘Ondergrondse glorie’ 2015

Volkskrant, Best Photobooks 2014

Hotshoe Magazine 2013 ;Uk

Photoeye – Best Books nomination 2013

Frankie Magazine; Australia 2012

Volkskrant; Best Photobooks 2012

Athenaeum books; Schijnende schoonheid