Marielle Videler


Jump to the beat of the animal feet, 2015

Blinded Hunt, Greenland, 2017

Blinded Hunt, solo show at Lumen Travo gallery

Blinded Resident, 2014

Blinded Hunt, detail

Mariëlle Videler (NL, 1970)

Visual artist working in Amsterdam and on location. Her work has been exhibited in art-initiatives, galleries, museums and festivals throughout the Netherlands, Europe such as Institute Neérlandais/Paris and 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. She graduated in 2003 from the fine art department of the Sandberg Institute (MA) in Amsterdam. Before that she studied at the Academy for Visual Art in Tilburg. Videlers work is generously supported by Dutch Mondriaan Fund.

In her work, as in her daily life, Mariëlle Videler explores a pre-modern conceptual model in which man coexists with animals and nature. In her installations, objects, drawings, videos and performances, Videler is in search of a different way of life, and of a new aesthetic to contest dominant modalities of our culture. Her creative process is based on 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 this unknown world, Videler travels both physically and in the mind, identifying herself with a traveller. This approach informed projetcs such as “Onca Pintada” (2012) or “Blinded, residency” (2014). The first project entailed a tentative acquaintance with indigenous people of Brazil; the second was a physical trip to Morocco without, however, actually seeing the country. Her last project, Blinded Hunt deals with a cultural discovery that took place in the small village of Uummannaq, Greenland, where Videler travelled completely blindfolded. This unique approach opened the mind to a completely different experience; it changed her perspective towards the indigenous cultures she was approaching. The result of this experience was a solo show at Lumen Travo gallery. Videler’s oeuvre-in-construction interweaves manual labour, rituals and love for nature.