Gyz La Rivière

film - installatie - publicatie - video - archieven - geschiedenis - conceptueel - strips/cartoons - experimenteel

Gyz La Rivière (Rotterdam, 1976) is an artist, filmmaker, researcher and writer. He approaches his work as an idiosyncratic image archivist, combining images he himself creates with in-depth archival research, objects he finds on the street, loans from collections, infographics, logos, icons and stories. The dazzling Gyzian universe he forges from these diverse sources sharpens our view of the world around us in unexpected ways.

Gyz La Rivière studied fashion design at the Willem de Kooning Academy. In 2000, he graduated as the first student in the history of his school without a collection. In 2002, he was awarded the Rotterdam Maaskant Prize. In 2011, he received ‘The Praise of Folly’ Honorary Pin from the Comité Erasmus and in early 2013 he won the Dolf Henkes Prize for iconic Rotterdam-based artists. Also in 2013, he directed ‘Rotterdam 2040’ and in 2020 the film ‘New Neapolis’. Recently he published Rome’dam (2016) and ‘New Neapolis – No Structure’ (2017), his tenth and eleventh publication.


The Party is over - objet trouvé, 2012 / groepstentoonstelling: ‘Dolf Henkesprijs 2012’, TENT, Rotterdam / foto: Job Janssen
New World Order - objet trouvé, 2020 / ‘objects in mirror are closer than they appear’-series, 2018-2020
Road to Nowhere - mixed media, 2017 / 110 x 110 cm / foto: Ossip van Duivenbode
Hot Dog? - neonlicht, 2012 / 126 cm x 49 cm / foto (detail): Job Janssen
Westworld - mixed media, 2019 / 50 cm x 38 cm / foto: Ossip van Duivenbode
New Neapolis - bomberjack, 2019 / solo-tentoonstelling: ‘New Neapolis’, TENT, Rotterdam (2020) / foto: Aad Hoogendoorn
Rotterdam 2040 - film, 95 min. (2013) / 1st screening Rotterdam 2040 première / Theater De Gouvernestraat / foto: Aad Hoogendoorn
Rhythm - mixed media, 2018 / 115 cm x 97 cm / foto: Ossip van Duivenbode
data structure - mixed media, 2018 / 116 cm x 94 cm / foto: Ossip van Duivenbode
It all started with this - mixed media, 2018 / 50 cm x 38 cm / foto: Ossip van Duivenbode