In her work, as in her daily life, Mariëlle Videler explores a pre-modern conceptual model in which man coexists with animals and plants. In her installations, objects, drawings, videos and performances, Videler is in search both of a way of life, and of a new aesthetic contesting the dominant modalities of our culture. Her creative process is inspired by the cultures of indigenous people. The means of existence of these people are connected to the soil; moreover, their entire spiritual, cultural and social identities are intimately entwined with the land.
In order to explore and learn from these other cultures, Videler travels both physically and mentally, identifying herself with a traveller. This approach informed projects such as Onca Pintada (2012) or Blinded Resident (2014). The first project entailed a tentative getting acquainted with indigenous people of Brazil; the second was a physical trip to Morocco without, however, actually seeing the country. Videler’s oeuvre-in-progress interweaves manual labour, rituals and love of nature.

     
 
 
 

 

 

 

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Mariëlle Videler (NL, 1970) is a visual artist working project-based in Amsterdam and on location. Her work has been exhibited in art-initiatives, galleries, museums and festivals throughout the world. She studied at the Academy for Visual Art in Tilburg; her final work chosen to be exhibited at the Institute Neérlandais/Paris. She graduated in 2003 from the fine art department of the Sandberg Institute (MA) in Amsterdam. After graduation she exhibited in China (Today Art Museum, Beijing), Turkey (Sinopale International Biennale), Brazil (MASP, Galeria Vermelho, Sâo Paulo) and Curaçao (Instituto Buena Bista). In 2004 she founded Performance Lab; a platform for experimenting with live-art, running up to 2012. The Dutch Mondrian Fund generously supports Mariëlle Videler’s work. She is being represented by Lumen Travo Gallery.