Artist Page — 2 Sep 2020
In the Presence of Absence, the bi-annual show of proposals for the museum collection, presents 23 artists (collectives). This artist page includes a text on the work and an artist contribution.
Tee made Tampan Ship of Souls #2 and Tampan the Collected Bodies especially for the In the Presence of Absence exhibition. The exposure of the tulip petals to light and other influences for the duration of the exhibition will cause them to gradually lose their vibrancy. The work has been scanned to capture and “conserve” the original color of the petals.
Jennifer Tee (b. 1973) works with sculpture as installation, collage, and performance. She studied at the St. Joost Academy of Art and Design in Breda, and at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam. From 2000 to 2001, Tee attended the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. Her work has been exhibited at Camden Arts Centre in London, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, and Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen. Tee has won several awards, including the 2020 Amsterdam Prize for the Arts in the category “proven quality.”
Unity in Diversity – Bhinneka Tunggal Ika
Since the beginning of time humanity has always created and shared stories. These help to spread knowledge about social norms, behaviour and cooperation. Without stories, a society would not be able to function. That is why we want to make sure everyone knows them. They relate the guidelines of a society—a collective consciousness. At a time in which we become more distant from each other, in which divisions and insecurities in society are growing, we seem to be looking for our personal connection with the collective. But what if someone’s story does not fit within the guidelines, should this person adapt it so that it does? Or should the ideals of the collective change to create more space for new and diverse stories?
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