Shani Leseman (Curaçao, 1996)
Living and working in The Hague


Central themes in my work are magic, rituals, and the object as bearer of meaning. I explore these subjects and (revived) wisdom I stumble upon during my training to become a witch, a practitioner of magic. The use of intuition and intention are, like in magic, important elements of my working method.



20/06/2024 Maleficae, Budapest Galeria, Budapest
05/07/2024 Alien, No Limits! Art Castle, Amsterdam
11/07/2024 Book launch, artist walk and workshop, Page Not Found & Grafische Werkplaats, The Hague

until 07/07/2024 Jan Koos Feylbrief levensspiegel, Seelab, The Hague
until 12/07/2024 Festival Analog, Grafische Werkplaats, The Hague
until 12/09/2024 The Future is Equal, Capital C, Amsterdam


2024 Performance My Guides and Me & Piyoyo,  Seelab, The Hague

2024 Symbiosis Series, duo with Isabel Cavenecia, POST Nijmegen
2024 16UP, 38CC, Delft

2024 Prospects, Art Rotterdam, Rotterdam
2024 Do for love | Offers, Museum IJsselstein, IJsselstein
2023 The wings, the ground, its feet, solo exhibition, Ateliers ‘89, Oranjestad, Aruba
2023 Performance Piyoyo & My Guides and Me, Museum IJsselstein, IJsselstein
2023 Atemporal Hiccup, De Apotheek, Amsterdam
2023 De Grote Keramiekshow 3, No Limits! Art Castle, Amsterdam
2023 The Grand Palace of Everyone, Nest,The Hague
2022 When Things are Beings, Municipal Art Acquisitions, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
2022 Royal Award for Modern Painting, Royal Palace, Amsterdam
2022 *Magie*, duo show with GC Heemskerk, Nieuw en Meer / Projectspace Kate, Amsterdam
2022 Sterrentuin III / Garden of Stars III, The Hague, curated/organized
2022 Performance Ambre Solaire, Dizzy, Rotterdam
2022 Fundraiser/exhibition for cow sanctuary de Leemweg, W139, Amsterdam. In collaboration with GC Heemskerk & Trees Heil
2022 Performance Ambre Solaire, W139, Amsterdam
2022 Playing house, The Hague 
2022 SteC-NeXT, Melkfabriek, Den Bosch
2022 Performance Ambre Solaire, Submarine Festival, The Hague 
2021  The Party, De Blauwe Dwaas, Tilburg
2021 Sterrentuin II / Garden of Stars II, The Hague, curated and organized with Caroline Straver
2021 De Koninginnedag Tentoonstelling, Hgtomi Rosa, The Hague
2021 De man die twee mannen werd, duo show with Caroline Straver, Atelier Oh Nee, The Hague
2020 Rhythms of the Evergreen, DYAD, Amsterdam 
2020 Tiny Art Gallery, The Hague
2020 Sterrentuin / Garden of Stars, The Hague, curated and organized with Brigitte Louter, Siem Beets, Caroline Straver
2019  A good work will work,  Nieuwe Vide, Haarlem
2019 Performance Ambre Solaire, Itchy Tongue, Besturing, The Hague
2018 Graduation Festival, Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague
2017 The thing must fit under the seat in front of you, RÝMD, Reykjavik, in collaboration with Nikki Selser and Brigitte Louter
2017 Nokia’s Tagline, MOOOF, The Hague, curated by Samiha Awad
2017 Get Serious!, Oslo National Academy of Arts, Oslo, curated by Erla Audunsdottir
2017 Mothers’ Garage, various locations across Reykjavik
2016 The Shark's Pretty Teeth, Nieuwe Vide, Haarlem
2016 Walk this way, please, sir/madam, Gallery P, Vilnius, in collaboration with Saulė Noreikaitė
2016 To play in a loop, video screening, Kavinė Kultūra, Kaunas
2015 OTSEFINAM (MANIFESTO) or how to activate a fanzine,TENT, Rotterdam


2014 - 2018 Bachelor Fine Arts, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague
2017 Erasmus exchange semester at Listahaskoli Islands, Reykjavik, Iceland


2024 Talismagic
2024  Pigeon Publication

2024 Artists book Festival Analog, with Domenique Himmelsbach-de Vries, Feministische Handwerk Partij, Marcos Kueh, GC Heemskerk, Matt Plezier en Zeloot
2024 11 hands 11, in collaboration with Shanna M. Casey (self published)
2022 Milk is Murder, in collaboration with GC Heemskerk and Trees Heil (self published)
2022 Hooops collective, Plant Magic: Poison and Remedy
2021 Correspondence, in collaboration with Saulė Noreikaitė (self published)
2021 De man die twee mannen werd / The Man Who Became Two Men,  in collaboration with Caroline Straver, translated in English by Natasha Rijkhoff (self published)
2018 The Ritual of Art (self published)


2024 Intuïtie als drijfveer - Shani Leseman en Isabel Cavenecia bij Platform POST Nijmegen, Metropolis M
2024 Art Monday, interview for Munthe
2024 Prospects: de magie van Shani Leseman, for Avrotros  by Robin Bosch
2024 Wat niet gezien kan worden, maar wel gevoeld, interview for Art Rotterdam by Wouter van den Eijkel
2024 KubaParis: Symbiosis Series
2023 Piseógs, talismannen en gefluister , Metropolis M
2023 Pleidooi voor de spelende mens, Museumtijdschrift
2022 When Things Are Beings, publication by Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
2022 Tubelight #122 Het ritueel is belangrijker dan de hogere macht, dialogue with GC Heemskerk
2022 Art as an exercise for gratefulness, interview for Jegens & Tevens by Petra Boonstra
2022 Kubaparis: Magie
2021  KubaParis: Garden of Stars II

2023 Residency Ateliers’89, Oranjestad, Aruba
2023 4 week-workshop for Arte den Bario, Oranjestad, Aruba
2023 Part of My Guides and Me, ongoing collaboration with Trees Heil / Piyoyo
2023 Workshop Totem, Nest, The Hague
2023 Workshop Talismagic, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
2018 Part of band Ambre Solaire
2022 Workshop Creating from the core, in collaboration with Shanna M. Casey, Wildgroei, Delft
2022 Workshop Talismagic, Nest, The Hague

Stipends / Nominations

2024 Project investment Iona Stichting
2024 Voucher Mondriaan Fonds
2023 Stroom Pro Onderzoek
2023 Contribution Jaap Harten Fonds 
2023 Contribution Stichting Stokroos
2022 Artist Start Mondriaan Fonds
2022 Nomination Royal Award for Modern Painting
2021 Stroom Pro Invest
2021 Contribution Mondriaan Fonds