Petra Stavast (Tiel, NL, 1977) is a visual artist. Through the media of photography, film and text she unravels and structures complex social issues often departing from a seemingly insignificant personal observation. In books and installations she brings different fragments of research together and translates them into compelling visual stories.

Together with graphic designer Hans Gremmen and curator/writer Karin Krijgsman she founded Fw:Books, an independent publishing house with a focus on photography and related topics.

Exhibitions (selection)

Rongwrong, Amsterdam, exhibition at the bookpresentation of ‘On Gestures of Doing Nothing’ by Sander Breure, Witte van Hulzen and Arnisa Zeqo.
Monash University Museum of Art (MUMA), Caulfield Melbourne (AU), ‘Bookworks’, with Roma Publications.

Museo Torre Civiva, Castelfranco Veneto (IT), part of Osservatorio OMNE, ‘CRRRR – Archivio di F.E.R.V.E.T.’, 4-channel video-installation.
POST Books, Tokyo (JP),’Ten Years Fw:Books’.
De Vooruit, Ghent (BE),‘Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast’, screening short movie ‘KOEN’.
Fonderia 20.9, Verona, (IT), CALAMITA/Á – An Investigation around Vajont.

Scope Galerie, Hannover (DE), ‘Ramya’.
Spazio Labo’, Bologna (IT), ‘Ramya’.
Tondelier/Rabot, Ghent (BE), permanent work in public space, Koen Blieckplein.

Matèria Gallery, Rome (IT), CALAMITA/Á
Photoszene, Kunsträume Horbach Stiftung, Cologne (DE), ‘Innere Sicherheit / The State I am In’.
MMCA, Seoul National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (KR), ‘Artists’ Documents: Art, Typography and Collaboration’.

Museo MACRO, Rome (IT), FotoGrafia Festival ‘Book’s Space’.
Marres, Maastricht (NL), ‘Intimacy / Chambres d’Amis’.
POMO Galerie, Milan (IT), curated by Saul Marcadent, Searching for Ramya’.
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL), ‘On the Move’.

Fondazione Giuliani, Rome (IT) ‘ROMA PUBLICATIONS 1998 – 2014’.
Contemporary Art Museum Erarta, St. Petersburg (RUS) ‘Undercover’.
CAMeC – Centro Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, La Spezia (IT) ‘Reading Photographs’.

Stadsarchief Amsterdam, ‘Fotostudio Merkelbach’.
C/O – La Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan (IT), Taking Careof’.

Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam ‘Celebrating the photobook’.
Noord-Hollands Archief Janskerk, Haarlem, ‘Trading Places’.
Temporary Gallery, Cologne (D) ‘Autumn of modernism ll’.
De Vleeshal & De Kabinetten, Middelburg, ‘Autumn of modernism’.

NEST, Den Haag, ‘Tangible Time’.
De Kunsthal, Rotterdam, ‘Trading Places’.
Smart Project Space, Amsterdam, ‘Prix de Rome 2011’.
CBKU, Utrecht, ‘Stadsgezichten I’.

Galleria Bluorg, Bari (IT) in collaboration with the Dutch Embassy, ‘Libero’
FotoGrafia Festival Rome (IT), ‘Visions & Documents’ by Documentary Platform
Kunsthalle Galapagos, New York Photo Festival (US), ‘DutchDocSpace’
RotDocFotofest, Rotterdam, ‘Close to home’
Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, ‘Quickscan NL#01 – Photography Now’
De Kabinetten van De Vleeshal, Middelburg, ‘Published by: Roma Publications’

Photographic Culture Festival, Lishui (China), ‘Libero’
PhotoEspana, Cuenca (ES), ‘Miradas Internacionales / International Perspectives’
NPS Kunststof – Radio 1, interview (one hour, in Dutch, click to play)
Fotofestival Naarden, exhibition and bookpresentation ‘Libero’
KOP, Breda, ‘Oog in oog’
Galerie Bart, Amsterdam, ‘Portraits’

Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, ‘S75’
Fotoforum, Kassel (D), ‘Pages’ + exhibition and bookpresentation ‘China/S75’
Dorrotya Gallery, Budapest (HU), ‘Pages’
Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam, ‘Pages’

SBK/Galerie 32-34, Amsterdam, ‘Fw:Miscellaneous’
Fotogalerie de Kleine Klup Leiden, ‘De Laatste Foto’

L’espace Bellevaux, Lausanne (CH) DE: Amsterdam
SBK/Galery 32-34, Amsterdam, selection Foam_3h
Stadsgalerij Breda, nominees Johan Diepstraten Prize

The Voies off Fringe Festival, Arles (FR), screening collective Fw:
Foam, Amsterdam, Fw:S75

TAC, Eindhoven, ‘Kennis van de lege ruimte’
KUS-festival Breda, ‘Private matters’
Festival Breda Photo, Fw:Centerfold
Fotofestival Naarden, Fw:Liefste
Noordbrabants Museum ‘s-Hertogenbosch, solo ‘Petra Stavast’
Cacaofabriek Helmond, ‘Alles van waarde moet weg’

Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, Fonds BKVB ‘Uitgelicht 4’
NBKS, Breda, ‘Match’

NBKS Breda, ‘Frisse Blik’
Breda Photo, ‘Ramya’

Nederlands Fotomuseum Rotterdam, ‘Ramya – winner Steenbergen Stipendium’


Ramya – published by Roma Publications + Fw:Books, 2014
Libero – published by Roma publications, 2009
China/S75 – published by Roma publications, 2008

Generously supported by Mondriaan Fund, Tijl Fund