Niek Kemps has been a part of the international art scene since the eighties. With his conceptual work, he wants to stimulate the spectator to process images in a different way; a statement about the attention span of modern day society and the accompanying image culture. Kemps' work is like a laboratory, wherein he carries out substantial as well as visual research to the social and cultural context, and how this relates to image, space, contemporary art and the concept of "museum".
In his work, sculpture becomes space and space becomes museum. Kemps' images never stand alone; they consistently show a sensitivity in relation to their surroundings, they interact with the space wherein they are located.
The artist challenges the spectators to get out of their comfort zone, to explore the work, and to spend time with/in it. The artwork reveals itself only to the patient, attentive spectator. Every composition is formulated very precisely, like a poem. This form of complexity ensures that the work can never be apprehended at first glance.
By defying fixed landmarks, meanings, perspective and scale, every form of rational analysis is extracted or simply removed. It results in an astonishing artwork that invites to be lived and incites the spectator to reflect one self.
Mirjam Wijzenbeek is programmer at the Grachtenfestival, the biggest festival for classical music in the Netherlands. She started studying musicology at the University of Amsterdam, after which she made the switch to violin at the Conservatory of Utrecht with Chris Duindam and Emmy Verhey.
After performing for several years in numerous orchestras and (chamber)music projects, Mirjam decided to change course and focus on a role within a cultural organization.
At Grachtenfestival Amsterdam, she began as an assistant programmer and producer. She also worked as a producer at the International Chamber Music Festival Utrecht and at Ivy Artists in The Hague.
With her varied stage experience and great love for (classical) music, Mirjam is a versatile programmer with a special ear for young, talented musicians.