Birgit Verwer

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Disciplines: Installatiekunstenaar, Mixed media/interdisciplinair kunstenaar, Tekenaar

Omschrijving werk

Birgit Verwer: YOU WIN! Every Saturdaynight during the 1980s I sat in front of the television in my pyjamas; a little girl watching a game show in a kind of placebo-glitter & glamour-décor (not just yet falling into pieces due to its deficient condition). My favourite was De Sterrenshow, with my game show host hero Willem Ruis running like a idiot from left to right the whole night, totally winding himself up as if he was a participant himself going to lose the game. During the show Willem Ruis always shouted “stop the time!”. And to put it philosophically: Don’t we all want that? To stop the time? I have a roman catholic upbringing. The show elements and the spectacle of the rituals, the altars and the annunciation of the Word of God in the gothic church we went to – to me this was all wonderful! It was in fact exactly like on television with all its showbusiness and game programs. What if life itself turned out to be a fairground attraction or even better, a television game show? What would we be we winning? A prize? Some time-out? The assurance or comfort of an inevitable death? Is it an all-or-nothing game? Let’s play the game without limits, leaving all our fears behind and stop wasting any more of our precious time! In today's society our education and upbringing are mainly focused on developing our brains and our intelligence. In life however, the most important things, like our souls, creativity, love and pleasure, go far beyond the executive functions of the brain. And after everything we know we still don't have any answers or clues to all of our significant questions of life. We live in fear of what the afterlife might bring. We spend our valuable time in life in a consumer society which is attracted to power, money, television, and religion, while at the same time countries are at war and people are dying of starvation. Yet, we possess an irrepressible "Disney-hunger", a desire to live a great and successful life. This fear of the afterlife and the influence it has on our everyday life is what fascinates me. The dark side of life and its ending, which will present itself one time or another; with compliments of the chef!

Werk

Its time
Titel Its time
Jaartal 2011
Omschrijving installatie
Techniek gemengde techniek
Formaat variable
The lovers are all asleep
Titel The lovers are all asleep
Jaartal 2012
Omschrijving installatie
Techniek gemengde techniek
Formaat 282x60x170 cm
Palpitation
Titel Palpitation
Jaartal 2011
Omschrijving installatie
Techniek gemengde techniek
Formaat 200x107x78 cm
What are you waiting for
Titel What are you waiting for
Jaartal 2011
Omschrijving installatie
Techniek gemengde techniek
Formaat 43x44x35 cm
ticketshop GREAT LI(F)E
Titel ticketshop GREAT LI(F)E
Jaartal 2010
Omschrijving installatie
Techniek gemengde techniek
Formaat 126x260x120 cm
zonder titel
Titel zonder titel
Jaartal 2010
Omschrijving installatie
Techniek gemengde techniek
Formaat 50x130x60 cm
zonder titel
Titel zonder titel
Jaartal 2010
Omschrijving installatie
Techniek gemengde techniek
Formaat 56x270x37 cm
zonder titel
Titel zonder titel
Jaartal 2010
Omschrijving installatie
Techniek gemengde techniek
Formaat 62x260x120 cm

Omschrijving werk

Birgit Verwer: YOU WIN! Every Saturdaynight during the 1980s I sat in front of the television in my pyjamas; a little girl watching a game show in a kind of placebo-glitter & glamour-décor (not just yet falling into pieces due to its deficient condition). My favourite was De Sterrenshow, with my game show host hero Willem Ruis running like a idiot from left to right the whole night, totally winding himself up as if he was a participant himself going to lose the game. During the show Willem Ruis always shouted “stop the time!”. And to put it philosophically: Don’t we all want that? To stop the time? I have a roman catholic upbringing. The show elements and the spectacle of the rituals, the altars and the annunciation of the Word of God in the gothic church we went to – to me this was all wonderful! It was in fact exactly like on television with all its showbusiness and game programs. What if life itself turned out to be a fairground attraction or even better, a television game show? What would we be we winning? A prize? Some time-out? The assurance or comfort of an inevitable death? Is it an all-or-nothing game? Let’s play the game without limits, leaving all our fears behind and stop wasting any more of our precious time! In today's society our education and upbringing are mainly focused on developing our brains and our intelligence. In life however, the most important things, like our souls, creativity, love and pleasure, go far beyond the executive functions of the brain. And after everything we know we still don't have any answers or clues to all of our significant questions of life. We live in fear of what the afterlife might bring. We spend our valuable time in life in a consumer society which is attracted to power, money, television, and religion, while at the same time countries are at war and people are dying of starvation. Yet, we possess an irrepressible "Disney-hunger", a desire to live a great and successful life. This fear of the afterlife and the influence it has on our everyday life is what fascinates me. The dark side of life and its ending, which will present itself one time or another; with compliments of the chef!

Persoonsgegevens

Voorletters B
Kunstenaarsnaam/alias
Samenwerkingsverband
Website www.birgitverwer.com

Opleidingsgegevens

Erkende vakopleiding

Academie / instituut & plaats studierichting / specialisatie periode van / tot diploma
Den Haag, Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten Beeldende Kunst 2005- 2010 J

Overige gegevens

Lid van Beroeps / Kunstenaarsvereniging
Deelnemer van Kunstenaarsinitiatief

Curriculum vitae

Tentoonstellingen

jaartal naam tentoonstellingsruimte korte omschrijving solo / duo / groep
2013 Villa Zebra Rotterdam GROEP
2013 Livingstone gallery Den Haag SOLO
2012 Stedelijk Museum Zwolle GROEP
2012 Sebastian Brandl gallery Keulen (D) SOLO
2012 Special presentation Pieter and Marieke Sanders & Livingstone gallery Haarlem DUO
2011 Pulse Contemporary Art Fair New York (USA) GROEP
2011 Sebastian Brandl gallery Keulen (D) DUO
2011 Art Amsterdam - Livingstone gallery - No Holds Barred Amsterdam SOLO
2011 Livingstone gallery Den Haag SOLO
2010 Nieuw Dakota Amsterdam GROEP

Vertegenwoordiging

naam plaats & land
Livingstone gallery, Bob Smit Gallery Den Haag, Rotterdam
Sebastian Brandl Keulen, Duitsland

Projecten

jaartal instelling titel & typering project
2008 Hostel, Scheveningen Groep

Opdrachten

jaartal opdrachtgever plaats / land typering opdracht uitgevoerd
2009 Adventure for Life Den Haag grafisch werk J

Aankopen / werken in collecties

jaartal naam collectie plaats / land omschrijving aankoop
2011 Prive collecties Nederland installaties
2011 Collectie Klaus Benden Duitsland installatie
2011 Collectie Wuppertal Duitsland installaties
2010 Pieter en Marieke Sanders Nederland installatie

Publicaties

jaartal titel publicatie uitgever / samensteller, plaats typering
2012 What's up magazine, special edition RAW EXPO, Rotterdam catalogus
2011 What's up magazine #8 Jochem Rotteveel, Rotterdam artikel
2011 ZUBB Online ZUBBculture magazine Emiel Nederpel, Den Haag artikel
2011 FD Persoonlijk Financieel Dagblad artikel
2011 Den Haag Centraal Egbert van Faassen artikel
2011 BUY TICKETS HERE- DO IT NOW! Livingstone editions, Den Haag catalogus
2011 Art Amsterdam Amsterdam catalogus
2010 YOU WIN! Verwer, Den Haag Eindexamenscriptie

Prijzen en stipendia

jaartal instantie, plaats omschrijving
2010 Gogbot festival, Planetart nominatie Youngblood award

Artistieke nevenactiviteiten

nevenactiviteit van tot
Lezing, Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten (KABK), Den Haag 2010 2010