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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