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Takeover: #146 Sijben Rosa

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#146 (18/01 - 22/01 2021) written by Anisa Demirci and Cheyenne Pattiwaël

Sijben Rosa feels like there is a search for a specific kind of truth in art making. The artist who graduated in Fine Art from the Rietveld Academy in 2012, is in pursuit of finding out who we are and what our place in the world is as human beings. To them, art is very important, on a nourishing-your-soul kind of level.

Emotions, knowledge, humor, behavior and existential questions are not unfamiliar to Sijben. They don’t shy away from asking questions surrounding these themes and objects of interest. A teacher of Sijben once described her work as situational choreography.

“I choreograph situations around objects. My work is about objects, but they are also a vehicle to talk about more than just the objects. It's about objecthood and personhood. Do objects have agency? Are we also objects?”

Their work has multiple audiences; the performer, the participant, the viewer and the ‘toucher’. The performative aspects play an important role in Sijben’s work, but they are rarely clear or provided with frameworks. Sijben has created their own term for their art practice, namely: sculpture performance.

Ethics and representation matter to Sijben. Establishing and maintaining an ethical art practice is what they focus on. They are conscious of who they work with and to remind the art world around them that we have to be inclusive. As they said, they are a child of the western art culture. There are other places and art contexts in the world in which the entire creative process and everyone and everything involved plays a much bigger role and is therefore seen more as part of the artwork.

“I think a lot about the situation in which you find the work and the people involved. They make the politics and ethics of the artwork and my art practice. It is so important to consciously keep pushing that decolonization process.”

This week, we ask you to be interactive. Sijben will explain concepts of their work and show us works, selected upon questions by YOU. So check the IGTV channel and be ready to ask questions!

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