Wendelien van Oldenborgh

Initials W.
Member of Jury of the Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Art
Member of Society of Arts
Employed by Lloydstraat 17F
3024 EA Rotterdam
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The work of visual artist Wendelien van Oldenborgh (born in 1962) accesses parts of reality that often remain hidden from view elsewhere in public life. Van Oldenborgh gives images and sound their own authority, rather than using them to support her story. An older example is Sound Track Stage (2006), where she set up the representatives of two subcultures, ‘Gabber’ and ‘Hip Hop’, for a musical and verbal confrontation. The confrontation unfolded at Rotterdam’s Boijmans van Beuningen Museum and was shot professionally and screened as it took place. Her precisely chosen social or historical themes are always closely connected to a location, and to film or photography. Van Oldenborgh has exhibited at the São Paulo (2010), Venice (2011) and Istanbul (2009) biennials. She studied at Goldsmith College in London and worked in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. She teaches at various art academies. Last year she won the Netherlands’ largest prize for visual artists, the Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for Art.