Didi Lehnhausen is a visual artist based in Amsterdam (NL) creating paintings, prints, installations and performances.

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Paintings and Notes on seven colors
2023, publication 

A book with paintings and stories on seven colors made in the year 2023 with the support of the AFK stipendium. Limited edition with handpainted cover available. Order by sending a message.

BIG ART 2023

2023, exhibition

Three paintings at Big Art in the former prison, Bijlmer Bajes in Amsterdam.

On the battlefield: Jeanne d’Arc and Sigrid at the A12, pigments, oil, acrylics oilpastels on linen, 300x210cm and 285x210cm

Spill Gold concert at Treehouse NDSM 

2023, concert

Two paintings to accompany the disruptive dreamy anthems of Spill Gold during their concert in Amsterdam.

Brief aan Karel at the Grand

2022, exhibition  
51 artists participated in the Residency and exhibition initiated by Yvo Weyel at the Grand hotel in Amsterdam during the pandamic.

Brief aan Karel was featured in two Dutch newspapers with an interview, het Parool and de Volkskrant.

Angels are Aliens Too @TEMPLE Amsterdam

2022, residency and presentation 

Angels are Aliens too is an installation of paintings on the stage of Temple, a former theological centre in Amsterdam. The paintings are presented on the stage together with a sound piece. The residency was focused on the act of painting in relationship to the body of the painter.

This residency was supported by the AFK fund. 

Picture by Paula Prats

AFK Stipendium 


Grateful for the support of the AFK stipendium to further develop my practice.

Brief aan Karel

2021, publicatie

Brief aan Karel” is a letter published together with 5 photo collages printed with the Riso machine by Terry Bleu. The prints come together in a big drawing (85x85cm) folded as a Victorian envelope. The work will be presented and auctioned at the Grand hotel next year.

Seven angels x two + the Union

2021, installation 

Seven Angels x 2 + the Union is made especially for the windows of Radio Kootwijk. The work is made to transform the building into a sanctuary uniting two different sides. The windows that face each other are drawn as inversion. The original purpose of the monumental concrete building was to serve communication between the Netherlands and the Dutch Indies. The windows are made to travel through light to different levels inside oneself.

A.I.R. @The Grand

2021, artist in residence

When the city was still within the previous lockdown in April 2021, I was invited to stay at the Grand hotel as artist in residence. While staying there I soaked in the grandeur, the history, the artworks, the silence in an otherwise crowded city centre and the artworks made especially for this building. These are five photocollages, one for each day I spend at the Grand. 

Time Threads

2021, exhibition

On the 31st of October the Exhibtion “Time Threads” opened in Nijmegen. Together with work from Arash Fakhim and Yvon Ariese I showed “Paper of the present past” in the Singular Art Gallery.

11 Spells

2020, cotton, dye, wax

A textile installation of 11 pieces on cotton each approx 200x116cm. Made and presented at the batik gallery Batik Leksa Ganesha.

We don't wear long dresses when we work

2020, installation, textile, film, ceramics 

Window exhibition at Plan B project space presenting the textile installation Eleven spells, 22 ceramic snakes and the film Tempat Kerja

”During a residency at the batik workshop Batik Leksa Ganesha in Yogyakarta, Indonesia in 2019, Lehnhausen researched the divination of techniques. From this perspective she approached the workshop as a space to create, learning the specific rules and rituals of the batik technique and following the routines of the workshop. In search for the meaning of all patterns, forms and color, she found their definition is as fluid as the changing of time.”

Tempat Kerja

2020, film, 22 min, Yogyakarta/Amsterdam

22 min video presented in the window exhibition “We don’t wear long dresses when we work” and in an online screening and talk both presented by Project-space Plan B. For the online event Didi Lehnhausen talked about the context of her work and went into conversation with batik master and owner of Batik Leksa Ganesha, Tatang Elmy Wibowo.

Away to home 

2020, super8, vhs video and digital film, 30 min

Seven video-messages, A, B, C, D, E, F, G, recorded and send in the year 2020.

Questions of belonging and place are sounding through the monologue of a seeking voice. The guitar compositions are by Jeske de Blauw

The video-messages were send on WhatsApp and posted on InstagramTV to explore public intimacy and in search of vulnerability within digital realms.

Practicing Memories

2019, photographic digital print, acryl-glass

Wall installation of 5 prints. The prints are between 60x90cm and 91x150cm. The wall is 12 meters long and 4 meters high. The work was created during a residency period at Ruang MES56 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The wall installation was presented during the exhibition “Paper Spirits / Soil Mates” in Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam.

Paper spirits 

2019, analog print mounted on alluminium  

Seven prints created in printing performance (see printing traces ︎︎︎),  presented with the exposure video’s at Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam 

Printing Traces

2019, performance, film, analogue prints

Performance in the darkroom, three video’s and seven prints. This work is a collaboration with Afdruk56, part of the collective Ruang MES 56 in Yoygakarta. Afdruk56 is a project with focus on darkroom techniques and collecting negatives from the 20th century in Indonesia. During the exhibition in Yogyakarta, the making of the prints was presented as a performative act in itself. The visitors could join in to the darkroom and witness the ritual of printing the portraits. 

Six lucid sensibilities

2018, installation

An installation of six silkscreen frames in front of lightboxes. The size of one lightbox is 160x120x30cm.

“Six lucid sensibilties” is an installation build with silkscreen frames that are imprinted with photographic images and presented with the residues of silkscreen ink. Made during an artist in residency period at the AGA-lab, Amsterdam. Presented at Prospects and Concepts in Februari 2019 at Art Rotterdam

Video-essays on a psychotic mind

2018 , film and lecture, 60 minutes

A lecture/screening with three 10-minute-long video’s, presented within a conversation between Prof. Dr. Jim van Os and Didi Lehnhausen. Each video-essay explores another visual experience. During the talk van Os and Lehnhausen discuss psychoses as a human experience and how it is perveived and treated in western medicine The first lecture and screening was presented at Prospects & Concepts during Art Rotterdam. The sequal was presented on a symposium of the GGZ about psychological suffering.

For reasons yet unknown 

2018, installation with cyanotypes, anolog silver gelatin prints, found materials.

Installation of seven cyano prints (100x200cm) and a series of small silver gelatine prints. Made during an artist in residence in Itoshima, Japan. In the printing process found materials, brought to the shores by the ocean near the studio, were gathered and used in ritual acts in the studio. 

Ten meters of evidence: The print

2017, 10 meter long analog silver gelatin print.

Installation of a ten meter long zilver gelatine print created in a darkroom performance. 1000x127cm. Presented at the Neu/Now festival at the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam and during Art Basel 2018. The print has also been exhibited at BIG ART 2018 in the Bijlmer Bajes in Amsterdam

Ten meters of evidence: The choreography 

2017, performance, film, light sensitive paper

A choreagraphy in the dark room using negatives, objects, fluids and filmprojections to expose 10 meters of light sensitive paper. The performative act was carried out three times in the Amsterdam Studio’s, a total of 30 meters of print was made in the process 

Impersonal Portraits

2017, performance, inkjet printer

A performative act resulting in 9 portraits, 100x150cm. 

Lehnhausen was invited with two other artists, Suzanne Bernhardt and Johanna Arco, to live and work in the Ruhr Area of Germany for three weeks. Impersonal portraits was made during this working period.

Looking for someone who keeps the roosters alive

2016, installation, silver gelatin prints, wood

Installation of 6 silver gelatin prints, presented in wooden frames. Didi Lehnhausen graduated from Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy with this work and won the Fine Arts prize. Thereafter the work was exhibited in Studio Omstand in Arnhem and the Lumen Travo Gallery in Amsterdam.