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“It is possible to believe that all the past is but the beginning of a beginning,
and that all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn.
It is possible to believe that all the human mind has ever accomplished
is but the dream before the awakening”

– H. G. Wells


After studying political science, communication and sociolinguistics, Merel Zwart (Amsterdam, 1968) forged a career as an it-consultant before finding her true vocation: photography. Politics and linguistics remain core elements of her work in which she explores the architectural illusions and disillusions of utopian endeavours.

In her project ‘Utopitect’, Merel (re)constructs images of political ideologies and technological progress, taking the viewer back in time, yet at the same time, offering a critical view of the future. Her autonomous/documentary work blurs the boundaries of past and present, dreams and reality, progress and stagnation, emotion and reason.


2004-2007 | Photoacademy Amsterdam – Photography / Autonomous

  • Project/book: “Utopitect”

1991-1995 | UvA – English Language and Literature / Sociolinguistics

  • Thesis: “Politically Correct Language: a Fashionable Frock of Thought? A Sociolinguistic Study of PC”

1989-1991 | UvA – Political Science / Communications
1987-1988 | University of Kansas, USA – Exchange Program
1980-1987 | VWO – Atheneum B


2008 | PANL Awards #17 / Nomination for Interior/Exterior Non Commissioned
2006 | Black and White Spider Awards / 3rd prize for Still Live + two nominations
2006 | International Color Awards / Nomination for FIne Art
2004 | Fotogram Trofee / 3rd prize Category B


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