Inge Meijer’s films transport the viewer to a familiar environment that still manages to feel strange. At the core is the uneasy relationship between humankind and its surroundings. An environment that lives and breathes but which humankind continuously tries to bend to its will. Ostensibly, Meijer aims at the ‘little’ things and the daily actions with which we express our concerns, our dreams and yearnings, and cherish our illusions. Complex phenomena are converted into clear, iconic images. Using a certain amount of self-mockery, she examines humankind, which is continuously arranging, cultivating and shaping its habitat. Plausible fiction or implausible facts are depicted, displaying a down-to-earth look at astonishing things or an astonished look at simple things. Inge Meijer places her viewer at a distance, which in her case has an alienating effect. She creates the illusion that we can view everything, yet although we see things as they are, we are wrong-footed by the combination of the individual elements. This bestows an almost absurd character upon the films, allowing them at the same time to be affectionate.
Inge Meijer (Beverwijk, 1986) studied Fine Art at ArtEZ University of the Arts in Arnhem. In 2012, she won the Hendrik Valk Award with her graduation film at ArtEZ University of the Arts. In 2017, she completed her residency at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, where her films and installations received a great deal of attention and were highly acclaimed at the Open Studios in 2016 and 2017. After participating at Unfair Amsterdam, Inge Meijer opened her (currently running) first solo show Companion at AKINCI gallery. The installation Still Life #1 is currently on display in Garage Rotterdam as part of the exhibition Detached Involvement, curated by Bas Hendrikx. In collaboration with Roma Publications and graphic designer Roger Willems, Inge Meijer is now making a book on the central focus point of this installation: the plant collection of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam from 1945 – 1983. This book will be released in the autumn of 2019 and will be sold in Amsterdam (UNSEEN book market, Westergasfabriek), New York (MoMA, PS1) and OFF Print Paris (Beaux-arts de Paris).