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Connie Dekker

From chain-stich to video

1989 – Present
Dekker received her MFA from Rijksakademie, Amsterdam in 1990 after a BFA in Sculpture from the Academy of Arts St. Joost, Breda (the Netherlands), graduating cum laude. She continued her artistic development in Milan (Italy) at the Artist in Residence “la Casa degli Artisti”, founded by Luciano Fabro and Hidetoshi Nagasawa.

1989 – 2010: Installations Embroidery I
Dekker initiated a series of large scale installations on the themes of waiting and absence, using repetitive motifs, akin to the technique of embroidery. Her works were exhibited in various galleries and museums in the Netherlands and Italy.

1999 – 2011 Performances Embroidery III
A turning point in her career came in 1999 during a stay in Tokyo. She planned to use her embroideries in a series of performances which were staged and exhibited in Italy. She also started to use photography and film, initially to capture and understand her new environment and at a later date to document her performances.

She was inspired and stimulated by the photographers Ryuji Miyamoto, Nobuyoshi Araki, Naoya Hatakeyama, Ishiuchi Miyako and performers Yoshito and Kazuo Ohno and Akijo Mori of Dairakudakan.

1999 – present
Exploring the narrative possibilities of photography and video, both media have developed into a new sphere of work. She has been photographing and filming the island where she grew up and her grandparents in the last years of their  life. She edited the video’s when she lived in Italy and they have been showed in several exhibitions.  All these works show what lives in the perifery of the artists’ life: the distance of the homeland and the memories of the places and the family members who stayed behind.

1999 – 2009 Drawings
During her stay in Tokyo, Connie began to draw her own experiences about the way she felt about life in Japan. From 2006 she publishes parts of the “My Japanese Family” diaries on her website.