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Dekker received her MFA from Rijksakademie, Amsterdam in 1990 after a BFA in Sculpture from the Academy of Arts St. Joost, Breda (the Netherlands). In the nineties Dekker initiated a series of large scale embroidery installations on the themes of waiting and absence, using repetitive motifs, akin to the technique of embroidery. From 2000 Dekker started to work on performances, photography and video: a series of performances on embroidery were staged and exhibited in Italy.

Art classes
Prof arts plastiques

Connie leads after school visual art classes for children and teens. There's a limited number of art classes a year. For information and inscription visit the website of the Communauté Atelier des enfants @COMMENTRY MONTMARAULT NÉRIS Communauté


Visit the website Connie Dekker / ONLY4kids to have an overview of the annual expositions she makes with her kids.

Writing and illustration
Childrenpage #DWARS
Editor, writer and illustrator

#DWARS door de buurt is the neighborhood newspaper for Amsterdam East. The children's page is on the back. Connie Dekker composes the page. She writes the pieces and draws the Stinks comic. Ron de Zeeuw, author of exciting books, writes along. Ron has quite an extensive knowledge of the universe, evolution, animals and so on.


See the pages from 2013 until now on the website Connie Dekker / ONLY4kids.


From 2000 Dekker uses photography and film. First to document her performances and later to keep a daily journal of her travels and walks in old and new surroundings. Since 2010 she also photographs to archive her collections of French mid century vases, arcopal dinnerware and ribbons. Her collections are transformed in a new sphere of work: retrograde poetic video slideshows.

Video screening
Screening Arcopal Lullaby at Fest Miden
20 videoart works from 11 countries at Kalamata Railway Park

Miden participates in Kalamata Street Festival (Kalamata Railway Park, 28-31 July 2016) presenting 20 videoart works from 11 countries, in two screening programs. The first program, entitled VJ (curated by Margarita Stavraki) presents 13 videos of different aesthetic forms, that deal with the human entity and highlight scenes and objects of everyday life. The second program, under the title Fatal Error (curated by Gioula Papadopoulou) presents 7 digital videoart works based either on signal & image transformation or on 3d representations which create imaginary, artificial worlds, illustrated through the personal gaze and the aesthetics of each artist. The screenings will take place at Railway Park on Sunday, 31 of July (19:00-21:00h)



Installation, embroidery
Rethinking the Medium: the Phantom of the Drawing
San Giovanni Valdarno, Casa Masaccio, October, 17 - November, 15 2015

As stated in the title – which echoes a famous essay by Rosalind Krauss - Rethinking the Medium: the phantom of the drawing is not intended as a traditional exhibition on drawing, but on what we have defined as its phantom. The show focuses, indeed, on an idea of drawing in expanded field and draws inspiration from some works based on a sort of in-stallation (staging and stalled) of the sign.


invitation - ripensare il medium

Video screening
Icastica, Little Italy
Arezzo, 2015

Barzagli hosts three artists within his installation Little Italy: Tiziana de Felice, Francesco Benedetti and Connie Dekker The Dutch artist Connie Dekker shows a video projection entitled "Etude - Arcopal Lullaby - voor Marieke". Connie Dekker works in Italy since the late '80s where she was invited to the 'Casa degli Artisti' in Milan, established by the artist Luciano Fabro since 1978. From here friendships started with artists of her generation such as Liliana Moro. Connie Dekker, worked in Italy for most of the 90s. We could say that in her work there's a hint of Italian neorealism.



Doppio Concentrato
Florence, Museumnight, 2015

At the expo/manifesto DOPPIO CONCENTRATO are presented takeaway kopies of my drawings from the series "I love and am loved" - there'll be a performance of Martina & Tiziana De Felice, work of Massimo Barzagli, Sheela Nah Gig & many others @Galleria Antonella Villanova and Galleria Frediano Farsetti. Watch here: "I love and am loved"



Photography and documentation
Opid Hus
Skagaströnd, NES Air, 2012

In February 2012 Dekker travelled to Iceland with AnneMarie van Splunter. AnneMarie received a grant to make a video about the (ex) pupils of the preschool Barnabol in Skagaströnd on the occasion of their 35 years Jubilee. You'll find their experiences on the blog Notes from Iceland


iceland_portrait_by connie dekker

Prato, Dryphoto Arte Contemporanea, May 18 - June 21 2011

Artists: Luigi Ghirri, Olivo Barbieri, Guido Guidi, Vittore Fossati, Vincenzo Castella, Andrea Abati, Dennis Marsico, Thomas Ruff, Francesca Woodman, Toshio Shibata, Sakiko Nomura, Kazuko Wakayama, Hiroto Fujimoto, Marco Signorini, Fabio Casati, Marco Baroncelli, Filippo Maggia, Carmelo Nicosia, Paolo Bernabini, Sislej Xhafa, Shao Yinong & Muchen, Shimabuku, Connie Dekker, Gea Casolaro, Zheng Guogu, Giovanni Ozzola, Robert Pettena, Margherita Verdi, Rita Linz, Tancredi Mangano, Michael Schmidt, Nobuyoshi Araki, Renate Aller, Andreoni e Fortugno, Natalie Magnan, Margot Pilz, Alessandro Mencarelli, Stefania Balestri, Mariette Schiltz, Stefano Boccalini, Paola Di Bello

Video screening
About the utopian display
San Giovanni Valdarno, Casa Masaccio, Platform 10 VIDEO, 2010

Artists: Yael Davids / Face, Seila Kameric / Dream House, Ange Leccia / La Mer, Paolo Meoni / Bound, Robert Pettena / One Drop, Mark Lewis / Algonquin Park, North Circular, Farid Rahimi / Fujii, Sophie Whettnall / Over the Sea,Shadow Boxing Kan Xua / In Focus. Out Focus, 100 Times, Cyprien Gaillard / Real Remnant of Fictive War V, Guido van der Werve / Nummer acht Everything is going to be alright, Michael von Ausswolff –Thomas Nordanstad / Hashima, Al Qasr /  Bahriyah Oasis, Sigurdur Gudjonsson / Bleak, Connie Dekker / Zeeland

Artisti Amici
Rome, Sala 1, June 15 - July 2 2009

Artists: Laura Facchini, Francesco Narduzzi, Jack Sal, Connie Dekker

De Soto, esplora te stesso
Empoli, Spazio d'Arte D'A, 2007

Negli spazi espositivi si alternano i percorsi creativi di 8 artiste italiane e straniere che attraverso la fotografia esprimono se stesse, la propria esperienza di vita, indugiando con lo sguardo a cogliere i luoghi e le presenze del vissuto, la natura, il paesaggio, come spazi interiori. Artists: Renate Aller, Stefania Balestri, Connie Dekker, Martina Della Valle, Rachel Morellet, Elisabetta Scarpini, Donatella Spaziani, Margherita Verdi

Lo soffia il cielo, cosí
Monssumano Alto, museum MAC'N, 2007

Performance by Connie Dekker

Installation, embroidery
Misure del Tempo
Monssumano Terme, museum MAC'N, 2006

Artists: Emanuele Becheri, Antonio Catelani, Fabio Cresci, Connie Dekker, Paolo Fabiani, L. Addo Trinci

Io so dove non sei
Monssumano Alto, museum MAC'N, 2006

Performance at the Rocca, Monssumano Alto. Video and installatin at the museum MAC'N.

Spread in Prato
Prato, Dryphoto Arte Contemporanea, 2004

Curator: Pier Luigi Tazzi, artists: Nakahira Takuma, Carmelo Nicosia, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Armin Linke, Isaac Julien, Sissi, Tomoko Yoneda, Rosa Rossa, Italo Zuffi, Adi Nes, Gil Marco Shani, Rona Yefman, Michal Chelbin, Hiro Yumita, Michelangelo Consani, Donatella Di Cicco; Souvenirs d’un pays lointain: Gruppo A12, Connie Dekker, Luca Malgeri, Herbert Reyes, Addo Lodovico Trinci; Film: Bethan Huws, Mark Lewis, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Surasi Kusolwong

Pistoia, Museum Palazzo Fabroni, 2004

Curator: Bruno Corá, with: Marco Bagnoli, Antonio Catelani, Loris Cecchini, Vittorio Corsini, Carlo Guaita, Robert Pettena, Paolo Parisi, Robert Pettena, Remo Salvadori and others

Moto a Luogo
Carmignano, Gallery Schema, 2003

Curator: Saretto Cincinelli. Artists: Massimo Barzagli - Luisa Cortesi, David Casini, Connie Dekker, Daniela de Lorenzo, Paolo Fabiani, Liliana Moro, Paolo Parisi, Bernhard Rüdiger

Uscita Pistoia
Pistoia, Gallery Spazio A, 2003

Artists: Giuseppe Alleruzzo, Marco Bagnoli, Vittorio Corsini, Fabio Cresci, Connie Dekker, Paolo Fabiani, Carlo Guita, Alessandro Mencaralli, Maurizio Nannucci, Robert Pettena, Remo Salvadori, L. Addo Trinci and others

Pistoia, Palazzo Fabroni, 2001

Curator: Bruno Corà. Artists: Antonio Catelani, Vittorio Corsinni, Carlo Guaita, Massimo Barzagli, Paolo Parisi, Alessandra Sandrini, Robert Pettena, Loris Cecchini, Remo Salvadori, Marco Bagnoli, Connie Dekker and others.

Installation, embroidery
Deep in the water
Florence, Headquarters Patrizia Pepe, 2001

Solo exhibition

Glaubst du...
Prato, Gallery Dryphoto, 2001

Solo exhibition

Installation, Embroidery
Sans Papier
Amsterdam, Foundation Het Consortium, 2000

Artists: Walter van Broekhuizen, Kinke Kooi, Jans Muskee, Serge van Onnen, Roland Sohier, Joris Wille, Connie Dekker

MIddelburg, Foundation Caesuur, 1999

Solo exhibition

Foundation De Paraplufabriek, Nijmegen, 1999

Group exhibition

Installation, embroidery
Tell me what time...
Florence, Gallery Gentili, 1996

Solo exhibition

Installation, embroidery
Borduren 2000
Leiden, Museum de Lakenhal, 1994

Curator: Doris Wintgens. Artists: Christine en Irene Hohenbüchler, Arnoud Holleman, Antoniëtta Peeters, Berend Strik, Anna Verweij- Verschuure, Colette Whiten, Connie Dekker

Installation, embroidery
From time to time
Rivara, Castello di Rivara, 1993

Curator: Saretto Cincinelli. Artists: Connie Dekker, Paolo Fabiani, Eulalia Valldosera.