Eva Gjaltema (b.1979, The Netherlands) is a visual artist who grew up in the Netherlands and moved to Berlin in 2012 where she currently still lives with her family. She helds a Degree in Cultural Studies at the University of Amsterdam (2004) and a Bachelor of Photographic Design at the Royal Academy for the Visual Arts in The Hague (2008).
In 2010 she was nominated for the Dutch Doc Award for her exhibition ‘Famylje’ which was shown at the Noorderlicht Photofestival in 2010 and acquired by the Fries Museum. She held a Stipendium (Post Middendorp Assignment) to create the work 'Knoalster' in 2011, which was exhibited at the Kunsthal Rotterdam and as a Solo at Noorderlicht Gallery Groningen. More recently her first selfpublished book 'The First Three Years' was nominated at 'Encontros da Imagem' and she exhibited ‘Stay at home’ in 2020 at Getxophotofestival.
Within her work she explores different themes like memories, origin, nationality, family, motherhood, womanhood and identity. Her subjects are chosen very intuitive and based on experiences that made an impact on her personal life, but are universal issues. She mainly uses the medium of photography, collage and mixed media within her visual art projects that are based on the buddhist principle to change ‘poison into medicine’.