Inge Meijer’s works 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.
The Plant Collection (page 66-67), Roma Publications, 112 pages, 21 x 29, 7 cm, Engels/Nederlands. With an introduction by Caroline Roodenburg and an interview by Maria Barnas.
Soon available in the bookstores, www.ideabooks.nl, or www.orderromapublications.org (ISBN 9789492811530).
For ordering a book now, please contact the gallery.
SPECIAL EDITION STEDELIJK SANSEVIERIA
In 2013, the last plant vanished from the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. For reasons of humidity, safety and hygiene, this Sansevieria was no longer allowed to remain in the department. Since then, it has been in the home of a former employee. In conjunction with the special book edition, Meijer cultivated 25 cuttings from this plant in order to propagate the museum’s only remaining plant. The cutting, together with a photograph, certificate and specially designed archive box, is for sale at AKINCI, edition of 25.
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 first solo show ‘Companion’ at AKINCI. The installation ‘Still Life #1’ was shown 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 has published a book on the central focus point of this installation: the plant collection of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam from 1945 – 1983. This book has been launched in May 2019 and will be sold in Amsterdam (UNSEEN book market, Westergasfabriek), New York (MoMA, PS1) and OFF Print Paris (Beaux-arts de Paris). The book will be available in bookstores soon. The distribution is provided by www.ideabooks.nl. You can also order the book online at www.orderromapublications.org. In conjunction with the special book edition, Meijer cultivated 25 cuttings from this plant in order to propagate the museum’s only remaining plant. The cutting, together with a photograph, certificate and specially designed archive box, is for sale at AKINCI, edition of 25.
From August – November 2019, Inge Meijer will participate in the ACC-Rijksakademie Dialogue and Exchange program in Gwangju, Zuid-Korea.
From August – November 2019, Inge Meijer will participate in the ACC-Rijksakademie Dialogue and Exchange program in Gwangju, South Korea.
20 – 22 September, 2019