Paoletta Holst

Hendrik Freerk Tillema demonstrating how to pour Hygeia mineral water, Collection Tillema, 1924-32
What Bungalows Can Tell (video work, 00:11:33), at 900mdpl: Hantu-Hantu Seribu Percakapan, Indonesia, 2019
Europe Starts Here (installation and performance), at Jan van Eyck open studios, 2017

Working as an artist, architectural researcher and writer based in Brussels, Holst’s practice operates at the intersection of different disciplines to investigate the social, historical and political dimension of architecture and the urban environment. She is interested in the influence of formal spatial/political power structures on our living environment, and in the informal counter-strategies people create to deal with them. Her work is based on artistic/architectural research, adopting different media, such as writing, mapping, photography and film, which translate into presentation methods that use forms of scenography and performance lecture to activate and contextualize exhibited images and objects.

In 2016/2017 Holst was a Jan van Eyck participant, and since 2018 she has been working with different people and in different formations on projects around the colonial history of the Netherlands in Indonesia. In 2019 she participated in the 900mdpl biennale in Kaliurang, Indonesia. Together with Paolo Patelli she currently works on an archival research project rethinking the ‘logic’ of the Tillema Collections, collaborating with Research Center for Material Culture, the Eye Filmmuseum, and the Institute for Sound and Vision.

Holst publishes regularly in magazines and on online platforms. Some of her recent texts can be found on: and

With Rob Ritzen she founded That Might Be Right, an artistic and socially engaged organization dedicated to researching, developing and supporting alternatives to the present. Since 2017 Holst is teaching history and theory of architecture and urbanism at the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and since 2018, she is working as an editor for the online platform Archined.

Maud_Gourdon_credit_Chantal_van_rijt_1 lola-daels-1 anne philippe 1 Intersections of Care_1 Anouchka_Oler_Clement-Harpillard_1 Colonial Lives Bas Blaasse 1 1-sideline Emma-van der Put-1 Bartosz_Gorka_Free_Gestures_1 Francesca_Grilli_AmericanAcademyRome_01 Perri MacKenzie_01 Jolien-Naeyaert-1 Ingo-Brosch-1O-Young-Kwon-1JPG 3 achterkant visitekaart Karolien Chromiak 1 dirk-reimes-1 DSCF9140 Eitan Efrat and Sirah Foighel Brutmann 01 Lucie Burton 1 - guiding at Musée d_Ixelles - 2015 Kevin Gallagher _ 2 arts-et-marges Natasja-Mabesoone-1 Coraline-Guilbeau-DiegoThielemans-1 Bas-vandenHout-1 dries-segers-1 Anna Zacharoff _National Museum__2 Veerle_Melis_1 1.two figures Bianca Baldi_Sebastiano_Pellion_di_Persano markus von platen 1 Elies-Vaer-1 Logo-TMBR Ralph Schuster-Pianoshirt Chloe_malcotti_image_1 IMG_4126_1 Paoletta_Holst-Collection_Tillema-1.png David_Bernstein_1 0Z2A7379 antoniabrown1 desespiègles-1 MarcoLampis1 IMG_4406 Olaf Winkler - 1 Ekaterina_Kaplunova_1 amber-vanluffelen-1 Joachim-Robbrecht-License-Isolde-Woudstra-1.jpeg Sophia-Holst-1 sabrina-seifried-DK-benjakon-2 pieter-geenen-1 Evelien-Cammaert-1 ValerieLee_rolling3 Aleksandra Chaushova 1 (Schneider Pen) 21 SECOLO marcella Batsheva_Ross_1.jpeg