connie dekker visual artist short bio: From Stainstich to Multimedia 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. Dekker uses photography and film to document her performances and to capture her environment. 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.
CV exhibitions, selection
Screening Arcopal Lullaby at Fest Miden20 videoart works from 11 countries at Kalamata Railway Park, July 31 2016Miden 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)
Rethinking the Medium: the Phantom of the DrawingSan Giovanni Valdarno, Casa Masaccio, October, 17 – November, 15 2015As 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.
Icastica, Little ItalyArezzo, June 28 – October 27 2015Barzagli 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 ConcentratoFlorence, Museumnight, April 30 2015At 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”
Opid HusSkagaströnd, NES Air, 2012In 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
MovingPrato, Dryphoto Arte Contemporanea, May 18 – June 21 2011Artists: 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
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 AmiciRome, Sala 1, June 15 – July 2 2009Artists: Laura Facchini, Francesco Narduzzi, Jack Sal, Connie Dekker
De Soto, esplora te stessoEmpoli, Spazio d'Arte D'A, 2007Negli 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, cosíMonssumano Alto, museum MAC'N, 2007Performance by Connie Dekker
Misure del TempoMonssumano Terme, museum MAC'N, April 2 – June 25 2006Artists: Emanuele Becheri, Antonio Catelani, Fabio Cresci, Connie Dekker, Paolo Fabiani, L. Addo Trinci
Spread in PratoPrato, Dryphoto Arte Contemporanea, October 16 – November 25 2004curator: 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
SondePistoia, Museum Palazzo Fabroni, 2004curator: Bruno Corá, with: Marco Bagnoli, Antonio Catelani, Loris Cecchini, Vittorio Corsini, Carlo Guaita, Robert Pettena, Paolo Parisi, Robert Pettena, Remo Salvadori and others
Uscita PistoiaPistoia, Gallery Spazio A, 2003Artists: 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
Moto a LuogoCarmignano, Gallery Schema, Curator: Saretto Cincinelli. Artists: Massimo Barzagli – Luisa Cortesi, David Casini, Connie Dekker, Daniela de Lorenzo, Paolo Fabiani, Liliana Moro, Paolo Parisi, Bernhard Rüdiger