About The Artist

Margriet van Weenen

Margriet van Weenen (1983) The Netherlands. Studied BA Visual Arts Academie Minerva and MFA Advanced Painting at the Frank Mohr institute lives and works in Groningen. She works in various media, such as photography, painting, collage and sculpture. Within a theme she researches objects and photographs, on their history, context or appearance. The art projects of van Weenen mainly result in an installation, the work find its origins in the (natural)history museum or photo archives.  She takes the existing image to here studio and from there the intense process of making starts.  She searches, collects, photographs, copies, cuts, paints, prints, sculpt. During her process, the context of an installation freezes the moment of process and search, afterwards the process continuous.

An important theme in here work is the duality between materialisation and the metaphysical. The construction and deconstruction of our society and the preservation of our history. The tension between temporality and the urge to conserve. Here installations have a strong resemblance with historical museum presentations, where objects are shown from there function and context. 

Lately here interest shifts more to nature and landscape. One of her latest installation was a commissioned research for a Dutch archive, resulting in the exhibition: Unfixing histories, the landscape as a museum. The installation shows images of the idyllic landscape, archaeological spaces but also the dark history of what happened in this specific landscape. All images are equal and therefor democratic, there is no hierarchy because of certain topics or context, the visual experience is colourful and neutral, with an dark undertone.

In the context of Unfixing Histories, she starts from the painterly genres of the landscape and the still life and connect them to the bond that people have with places, with literally the ground from which they come. The landscape and still life as documentation of the place and the memory. A conflict of (shared) culture, (individual) identity and the ‘ground’ occurs here. 

Things are kept in the archive. Some of these things are immediately clear and visible. Others not. The archive is (also) a monument to what we no longer want to see. The archive is a visual memory. The risk of the archive is that the past is fixed, that what is worth remembering is kept, and with that what is not.

This project is part of a movement in which archives are activated with one of the intentions of questioning this risk and offering alternatives to it. This development has to do with the growing availability of archived material in digitised versions of the archives..

The Unfixing Histories project is an initiative of the Historisch Centrum Drents Archief, Minerva Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen, Steenbergen Foundation and Steenbergen Careus Foundation and was made possible in part by the Mondriaan Fund and the province of Drenthe.

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