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 botany, photography and sculpture. Over the past years she has exhibited in several international solo and group shows. Recent shows include Intelligence of Plants Frankfurter Kunstverein, Earth Matters; Textile Museum Tilburg, Still Life -Foam Amsterdam & Himalayas Museum Shanghai, Sydney Biennale, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and  Fashioned from Nature at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and Shenzhen. She published two books at Van Zoetendaal Publishers; Nurture Studies 2012 and Mädchen  2015.

Scherer explores the relationship of man versus his natural environment. Through her installations she examines the boundaries between plant culture and nature. What does “natural” mean in the Anthropocene and is man not also  nature or a parasitic species on the rest of  his environment? For the past few years her fascination has been focused on the dynamics of underground plant parts. She has been captivated by the root system, with its hidden, underground processes. Her longterm project Exercises in Rootsystem Domestication originated as an art project with an intuitive approach has also developed into an innovative material research. Working on this project Scherer shifts between disciplines from art to design and science. To develop the work she collaborate together with biologists and engineers. Diana Scherer developed a new technique InterWoven and an innovative research in growing plant root textiles.

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

Upcoming / Ongoing

Rīvus23rd Biennale of Sydney - Artistic Director, José  Roca

Superfusion – Chengdu Biennale-  Gallery of Contemporary Art Chengdu China – June 2022

Triënnale Arcadia – Oranjewoud  May 2022 – Curator Hans den Hartog Jager

It’s our F***ing Backyard - Material Futures - Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam  26 mei 4 september 2022

Altered  Nature - MIT Museum  Curators: William Myers & Rawad Baaklini, Boston  April 2022

MAK   Lab – curator  Marlies Wirth : Austrian Museum of Applied Arts   Contemporary Art, ongoing

Plant Fever -  curator Laura Drouet, travelling exhibition Museum fuer Gestaltung Zurich 2022,

Kunstgewerbemuseum, Dresden 2022 https://plantfever.com/About 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Hyper Rhizome – Solo Exhibition Droog Gallery, curator Renny Ramakers, Amsterdam Exercises In Rootsystem Domestications – Kennedy van der Laan curator Nathalie Bruys 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 below ground ; Wageningen University Nurture Studies – curator Wim van Krimpen  Villa Mondriaan; Winterswijk Nurture Studies –  curator Let Geerling Nijmegen UMC;  Netherlands The Peace Weary;  Menno Wigman & Diana Scherer; Balie  Amsterdam Theo; Buro Leeuwarden, Fries Museum; Netherlands Neue Arbeiten; Gallery Van Zoetendaal; Amsterdam

Selected Exhibitions

2018-2022

Intelligents of Plants -Kunstverein Frankfurt – Curator Franziska Nori; Fashioned from Nature – by Edwina Ehrman Victoria & Albert Museum; Shenzhen 2021 Ecodata-Ecomedia-Ecoaesthetics - RIXC Art Science Festival Riga – The National Library of Letland , Curators Yvonne Volkart, Rasa Smite, Raitis Smits. Oktober 2020 Mondriaanfonds Exhibition at Capital C Amsterdam , curator Ellis Kat TASIES 2019; 5th International Art and Science Exhibition , National Museum of China & Tsinghua University  Beijing China Centre Photographique Rouen Normandie – Curator Raphaëlle Stopin   http://centrephotographique.com/ Nature Morte – CID Grand Hornu Belgium , curators Ralph Collier, Françoise Foulon, Veerle Wenes. Plant & Human – Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney From Inspiration to Integration; curator William Myers Rhode Island School of Design; Fashioned from Nature – by Edwina Ehrman Victoria & Albert Museum;  London In Vivo; Noorderlicht  International Photo festival Photo Basel; Gallery Caroline O’ Breen Bio meets Digital; Atelier Néerlandais Paris A Queen Within – Adorned Archetypes curator Sofia Hedman & Serge Martynov/ New Orleans Museum of Art Frankenstein, tussen fantasie en frictie / Rijksmuseum Boerhaave  2016/17 Springvloed – curator Willem van Zoetendaal,; Nederlands Fotomuseum Rotterdam Earth Matters – curator Lidewij Edelkoort Textiel Museum; Tilburg until November 2017 Herbarium – Fotografisk Center; Copenhagen The Principle of least Effort -  curator Alexandra Landre Kunstvereniging Diepenheim Salone del Mobile – Milan Design Week,  Nieuwe Instituut (Re)Inventing Nature – curator Rob Wetzer  Fotodok; Utrecht Dutch Design Week; Nieuwe Instituut – New Material Award Photography Extended; Museum Het Valkhof Nijmegen Post Books, Van Zoetendaal Publishers books; Tokyo Still/Life; Contemporary Dutch Photography; Himalayas Museum Shanghai /Foam Amsterdam The Peace Weary;  Menno Wigman & Diana Scherer; Balie /Athenaeum Amsterdam World Book Design ;  Printing Museum Tokyo

Selected Reviews

Kunstforum International  2022 – Über Riesen, Gaia-Kleider und Anti-SymbioseEin Gespräch von Herbert Kopp-Oberstebrink  www.kunstforum.de/artikel/diana-scherer/  Antennae Magazine http://www.antennae.org.uk/2021; TL Magazine 2021 by Sara Schug ArteMorbida 2021 -Diana Scherer – Domestication and collaboration  Human and natural entanglement by Elena Redaelli   NRC- Tracy Metz on ‘Hyper Rhizome’ Droog ‘ 2020 https://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2020/02/05/wandkleden-van-wortels-tonen-onvermoede-schoonheid-a3989337; Atmos Magazine; V&A Magazine; Bio Design Book – By MoMA & William Myers Frame Magazine; BLDG Blog by by Geoff Manaugh ‘Rootkit’ http://www.bldgblog.com Bio- and Manufacturing / research paper in collaboration TU Delft 2020 https://doi.org/10.1007/s42242-020-00088-2 Hortitecture  book University Braunschweig Wired Magazine by Margaret Rhodes, https://www.wired.com/2016/12/artist-teaches-roots-grow-beautiful-alien-patterns/  NRC  ’Dwarse vogel – encyclopedie en wonderlijke wortelpatronen’ by Rianne van Dijk Het Parool ‘De Natuur is Poezie’ Trouw – “De wortel als Borduurgaren’ by Joke de Wolf Art Das Kunstmagazin #3 / Album #4 ‘Mein Freund der Baum’ Exit Magazine #55 / 2015 ‘Underground’ ; Madrid Volkskrant Uitgelicht ‘Ondergrondse glorie’ Volkskrant, Best Photobooks Hotshoe Magazine  ;Uk Photoeye – Best Books nomination Volkskrant; Best Photobooks Athenaeum books; Schijnende schoonheid

Talks – Guest lectures

New school of the Anthropocene https://www.nsota.org/ Sydney Biennale – Goethe Institute – Dutch Embassy, Conference  The Archaeology of Textiles  by Lidewij Edelkoort Philip Fimmano & Parsons School of Art & Design Royal College of Art – RCA Bio Hyper Rhizome – Droog Amsterdam Vom Ephemeren zum Nachhaltigen Symposium, Embassy of Italy Berlin, Symposium Hortitecture 03 ; TU Braunschweig , Technical University Braunschweig, Technical University Delft, Folkwang University of Arts, Essen Symposium Future Matters; exploring our sustainable materiality; Central Saint Martins London Symposium Alive. Active. Adaptive.  International Conference Emerging Materials – Nieuwe Instituut / TU Delft; Rotterdam Interwoven – How science and art meet below ground; University Wageningen Netherlands Material-Pioneers - Het Nieuwe Instituut;  Rotterdam Biotalk Regeneration – Mediamatic & Transnatural; Amsterdam

Collections

Victoria & Albert Museum, De Hallen Harlem Frans Hals Museum, Museum Arnhem, Photomuseum Den Haag, Centraal Museum Utrecht, Photomuseum Amsterdam ,FOAM ,Photomuseum Texas LUMC Leiden, UMC Utrecht, Private Collections

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; curator Willem van ZoetendaalPrinting Museum Tokyo New York Photobook Fair PS1; New York