Jacquie Maria Wessels was born in Vlaardingen, the Netherlands, and presently lives and works in Amsterdam. She graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam in photography in 1990, and studied social psychology at the Vrije Universiteit (VU) in Amsterdam. Wessels has developed into an autonomous/documentary photographer who prefers to delve deeply into a subject over a long period.
Currently Wessels is working on the series 'Garage Stills'. For this project Wessels regularly visits car repair garages around the world looking for different shapes, objects and textures in what for her is a completely new world. In the unique interiors of the old garages, she arranges her newly discovered materials in such a way as to create images reminiscent of a collage.
For the project ‘The Birdman’ Wessels made over three years, between 2006 and 2009, portraits in Suriname and the Netherlands of many macho Surinamese men who were obsessed with their little songbird. In Paramaribo Jacquie Maria Wessels also photographed city scenes dominated by the typically Surinamese wall paintings: handpainted advertisements containing hyper-realistic depictions of tools, soup cans, oatmeal, hot dogs and other products. These two projects appeared in 2010 in the photo book 'Cityscapes + Birdmen', published by Voetnoot publishers in Antwerp Belgium. The book won two final awards in the international book awards (USA).
Jacquie Maria Wessels subjects often serve as a framework for investigating the diverse social situations in which people find themselves. In these investigations she makes use of portraits, city scenes, landscapes and also - for example in the project ‘Living Spaces’- of montages.
Among the venues in which her work has appeared are the photography and visual arts festival Encontros da Imagem in Braga (PT), Surinaams Museum in Paramaribo (SR), Museum Het Valkhof in Nijmegen (NL), Museum IJsselstein (NL), Museum of Photography Thessaloniki (GR), YiPArt Photography auction at Christie’s Amsterdam (NL), PhotoBiennale Greece (GR), Noorderlicht Photo Festival in Groningen (NL), New York Photo Festival (US), Gallery Carte Blanche San Francisco (US), Naarden Photo Festival (NL), Corcoran Gallery Washington (US), Gallery Cultural Speech Amsterdam (NL), Galerie Baudelaire Antwerp (BE), Municipal Museum Arnhem (NL), Amsterdam Municipal Archive (NL), the Historical Museum in Amsterdam (NL) and diverse (inter)national Art Fairs.
Wessels works are in the following collections: Huis Marseille - Museum for Photography Amsterdam, Province of Noord-Holland Department of Art and Culture, District Westerpark Amsterdam, Municipal Archives of Utrecht, Municipal Archives of Amsterdam, Humanitas Foundation, RCA Amsterdam, Galerie Baudelaire Collection, Amsterdam SBK and various private collections.
She has received commissions from the Amsterdam Fund for Art, the Province of North Holland, the Photography Foundation in Utrecht(SFU), Municipal Archives of Amsterdam and others.