Ian Waelder

Ian Waelder’s practice explores memory and trace by isolating archival histories and language in relation to his biography, working through the poetics of the accident and the repurposing of the discarded. Waelder’s work unfolds through the mediums of photography, sculpture, sound and installation.

A solo exhibition of Waelder’s work, Even in a language that is not your own, took place at the Es Baluard Contemporary Art Museum (Palma) in 2023.

Works from this artist





  • Handle with care (Les Quatre Cents Coups)

    Ian Waelder


Ian Waelder was born in Madrid, Spain in 1993. He now lives and works in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.


Ian Waelder’s work is part of public collections worldwide. These include the Es Baluard Contemporary Art Museum (Mallorca), Palma City Council Collection (Mallorca), Camper Foundation (Mallorca), MMK (Frankfurt am Main), ADN Collection (Barcelona), GRECU Collection (Bucharest) and the Braunsfelder Family Collection (Cologne).


Waelder studied at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste – Städelschule (Frankfurt am Main) with Haegue Yang, Mark von Schlegell and Peter Fischli.


His work has been featured in exhibitions at Es Baluard Contemporary Art Museum (Palma), Super Super Markt (Berlin), Galerie Rolando Anselmi (Rome), ethall gallery (Barcelona), L21 (Palma), Las Palmas (Lisbon), Centro Párraga (Murcia) Finnish Museum of Photography (Helsinki), El Poste Carlos (Santander), Bacelos Gallery (Madrid), Ana Mas Projects Gallery (Barcelona), Fundació Forvm (Tarragona), DAFO Projectes (Lleida), Salón (Madrid), LOCAL Arte Contemporáneo (Santiago de Chile), Chirivella Soriano Foundation (Valencia), Espazo Miramemira (Santiago de Compostela), Kunstverein Wiesen, Tatjana Pieters Gallery (Ghent), Francis Irv (New York), Museum Stift Stams, Venice Architecture Biennale, Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, Kölnischer Kunstverein (Cologne) and the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam).


  • Moving in

    Karla Black, Zoë Carlon, Tatjana Danneberg, Karlo Kacharava, Nika Kutateladze, Paloma Varga Weisz, Ian Waelder

    Friends Apartment, Berlin

    September 30 – October 31, 2023