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Petra Noordkamp

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Petra Noordkamp
(Lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

©Awoiska van der Molen, courtesy of the artist

Petra Noordkamp moves fluidly between photography and film. She explores the influence of experiences, memories, movies and dreams on the perception of architecture and the urban environment. Her work is characterized by a great love of simplicity, emptiness, form and aesthetics, radiating a feeling of loneliness, alienation and melancholy.

She lives and works in Amsterdam where she studied photography at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. In 2012, her first short film The Mother, the Son and the Architect was shown in an exhibition of her work at Foam in Amsterdam and was selected for various Dutch and international film festivals and exhibitions. She was an artist-in-residence at the American Academy in Rome in 2013. In 2014 the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in New York commissioned her to make a short film about the Land Art work and memorial Il Grande Cretto di Gibellina by the Italian artist Alberto Burri. This film was among others screened at the Guggenheim in New York, K21 in Dusseldorf, MAXXI in Rome and Centre Pompidou in Paris. Her film When you return I'll be living by the waterside (2017) had its world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in January 2018 and it won the Move Cine Arch Award for best form in Venice. Her latest installation Fragile-Handle with Care was a commission from MAXXI National Museum of Contemporary Art and Architecture in Rome, for the Terre in Movimento project.

During the residency in the Arts Initiative Tokyo, she wants to work out the topics - silence and fear - that concerns her. She is going to do research into meditative spaces but also wants to investigate the subject of fear, her (our) need for control, our vulnerability.

Excerpt: Il Grande Cretto di Gibellina
Trailer: When you return I'll be living by the waterside

Residency: January 17 - April 12, 2020
Co-organized by Mondriaan Fonds

Installation view film project Fragile - Handle with Care at 'Terre in Movimento' in MAXXI, Rome, May 11 - September 1, 2019

Installation view film project When you return I'll be living by the waterside in Pomphuis, Culemborg, September 29, 2017

Installation view film project La Madre, il Figlio e l'Architetto at 'Extraordinary Visions. L'Italia ci guarda', MAXXI, Rome, June 2 - October 23, 2016

Installation view film project Il Grande Cretto di Gibellina at 'Alberto Burri. The Trauma of Painting', The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, October 9, 2015 - January 6, 2016

Installation view photo work Milano Centrale, 2009 at 'The Mirror and Lamp Show' in Jagtlust, 's Graveland, March 25 - May 3, 2015
All images ©Petra Noordkamp, courtesy of the artist



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(Lives and works in Guangzhou, China)

ErGao, courtesy of the artist

ErGao is a multi-media dancer/choreographer whose work uses dance, film, installation and other creative strategies. After graduating from Guangdong cantonese opera school in 2001, he studied in adult college class of joint college of Sun Yat-sen University and Guang Dong Dance College in 2002, majoring in contemporary dance. In 2006, he graduated from APA, Hong Kong with full scholarship.

ErGao founded ErGao Dance Production Group (EDPG) in 2007 in Guangzhou, with a focus on dance theatre, dance film, community art and dance education. His productions continuously see the body as the primary medium of work and the site of artistic investigation, using diverse strategies to explore Chinese social and cultural identities, sex, gender and other topics.

Between 2007 and 2012, ErGao was invited to participate in multiple projects in collaboration with international dance companies and dance festivals, including Rubatu Tanz Company, Angie Hiesl and Roland Kaiser (Germany), Living Dance Studio (China), Limitrof Company (France), Emio Greco | PC (Holland). After 2012, ErGao accepted multiple commissions from different arts organizations and art festivals, including Ibsen International (Norway), Fabbrica Europa (Italy), Hong Kong Arts Festival, Hong Kong Jumping Frames Dance Film Festival (Hong Kong), Guangdong Modern Dance Festival, Guangdong Modern Dance Company, Guangdong Times Museum (Guangzhou), Shanghai Ming Contemporary Art Museum (Shanghai), DPAC Dance Company (Malaysia) and other organizations. He was selected as resident artist of Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council in 2019. In 2015, German's media "Deutsche Welle" named Ergao "one of the bright stars of contemporary dance in China."

Residency: January 14 - February 29, 2020
Supported by: The Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2019

Dance Square, Performance, 2018, photo by Quan Ni, courtesy of the artist

Dance camp of National young Dancers Development Plan, 2018, courtesy of the artist

"Body and Daily Objects" workshop, 2015, photo by Gu Tianchang, courtesy of the artist

Kung Hei Fat Choy, 2019, photo by Chun Li, courtesy of the artist

Kung Hei Fat Choy, 2019, photo by Chun Li, courtesy of the artist