Born in Alkmaar (NL), 1988
currently living and working in Amsterdam (NL)
Visual artist Rosa Sijben makes objects and choreographs the situation around them using performative means. Sijben creates objects that seem to have a purpose, yet their exact practical functionality remains unknown. This ambiguity creates an oasis within the efficiency of everyday life. The objects do not claim a purpose, they claim space for nothing. And in doing so, they actually create space – for thinking, speaking, for simply existing without the need for purpose, a vacuum that allows something new to emerge. Sijben ultimately aims for an artistic practice that deals with the social, economic and aesthetic status of objects, contemplating the interplay between objecthood and personhood – a practice that essentially makes us aware of our own position amongst other people and other objects.
Rosa Sijben (1988, Alkmaar, NL) graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in 2012, winning the ‘Fine Arts Award’, the Fine Arts department prize for best graduation candidate. Since then she has done several residencies, in Basel (CH), Mönchengladbach (DE), Dro (IT) and Leeuwarden (NL). Her work has been exhibited in The Netherlands and abroad, amongst others at Biquini Wax Mexico City, Kunstverein Düsseldorf, Museum van Loon Amsterdam, KW Berlin, Salt Istanbul, CAB Brussels, De Appel Amsterdam, SculptureCenter New York City. Rosa Sijben currently lives and works in Amsterdam and teaches at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague.
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