Marijke van Warmerdam
In the works of Marijke van Warmerdam anticipation is frequently present. She moves in a world of
dualism and is drawing attention for movements of one place to another, both literally and in the mind.
This creates a push or draw in time. Each image looks very real and concrete. In both her film loops
as well as in her photo works. She speculates on obvious moments and mirrors places which are not
there yet in real. In a loose way of working she uses 'and'-'and' concepts instead of 'either'-'or'.
Lately she prints photos on mirror plate and paints on film stills printed on canvas.
Marijke van Warmerdam is internationally renowned for her short film loops, photographs and sculpture
which together form an extraordinary consistent body of work. With a typically light touch, the work
combines a deceptively naïve approach to the act of seeing with straightforward strategies such as
dramatic shifts of scale, doubling, tumbling, reflection, rhythmic repetition or surprising juxtapositions
to urge us to look with our eyes wide open. In the course of two decades she has made a refreshing
contribution to the phenomenon of looking.
Marijke van Warmerdam's participation at the Venice Biennual in 1995 put her on the international map.
Her film loop 'Douche' and also 'Sprong' caused with its lightness and subtle changes a great impact.
Her endless repeating loops proved a condensed observation of incidental easy recognisable events.
That these film loops were shown in more than half daylight helped to intensify the ambiguity of the
ephemeral and the plainness of the subject.
Born in Holland in 1959, she has lived and worked in New York and Berlin, and is currently based in
Amsterdam and Karlsruhe. Her work has featured in numerous important international exhibitions,
including the Sydney, Berlin, the Venice Biennial and Documenta X. She had survey exhibitions at
MAC in Marseille, Fruitmarket in Edinburgh and IKON in Birmingham. A retrospective travelled from
Museum Boijmans van Beuningen in Rotterdam to Museu de Serralves, Oporto in Portugal and to the
Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf in Germany. In 2013 The State Hermitage Museum / Transformer Hall in
St Petersburg showed her works in Russia for the first time.