Saskia Janssen

Saskia Janssen 1968

Lives in Amsterdam. Works in Amsterdam.

Saskia Janssen mixes a variety of media with an anthropological approach in her socially engaged site-specific works. She has collaborated with sailors, nightclub singers, hard drug users, Buddhists, and psychiatric hospital patients and inmates. The outcomes of these collaborations have taken the form of installations, recorded albums, drawings, performances and printed publications. Together with George Korsmit, in 2005 she established The Rainbow Soulclub, an art studio in an Amsterdam shelter for long-term drug users. Since then, they have run a weekly program in the studio, often together with their art students.

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‘s-Hertogenbosch, 1968 Lives and works in Amsterdam, NL Solo shows 2016 Everything Is One, Saskia Janssen/George Korsmit, Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS, Amsterdam, NL 2013 Diamonds in the Sky, Museum Het Dolhuys, Haarlem, NL 2012 A Glass of Water (Some Objects on the Path to Enlightenment), Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam, NL 2009 Me & You on a Golden Avenue, Amsterdam, Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS, Amsterdam, NL 2008 Blaka Watra Spiders, Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS, Amsterdam, NL 2007 EAST/WEST, Paradise in Reverse, Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, NL 2005 EAST/WEST, Paradise in Reverse, Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS, Amsterdam, NL Art Cologne, Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS, presentation (+ catalogue) 2004 Smog, Smoke & Fortune, Fries Museum/ Buro Leeuwarden, NL 2003 Smog, Smoke & Fortune, House of Arts, Brno, CZ 2002 Super Stage, Display Gallery, Prague, CZ 2001 Grass Plot Shoot, Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS, Amsterdam, NL 1999 Slick, Bang & Doo wops, Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS, Amsterdam, NL Group shows 2017 Spiders, Diamonds, Dutch Medicines Evaluation Board (CBG), Utrecht, NL CurePark, sitespecific installation at Amsterdamse Bos, NL (+publication) PlayTime, KunstVlaai, elastic exhibition, Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, Amsterdam, NL 2016 Onrust 02 / Unrest 02, Museum of Modern Art, Arnhem, NL DDW: Broken White, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, NL 2015 Peekskill Project 6, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, New York, US Meditation, Museum of Religious Art, Uden, NL (+ catalogue) ‘Everything Is One, duo exhibition with Ishu Han, I.S.C.P., New York, US (+ catalogue) Illegal Souvenirs, Field Projects, New York, US 2014 I’m not doing anything until I feel the need, De Nederlandsche Bank (+ publication) KNSM-Vaarders, krakers en woonpioniers, Museum Perron Oost, Amsterdam, NL (commission / catalogue) 2013 Diamonds in the Sky, Het Vijfde Seizoen, Den Dolder, NL Homeworks (Less is More), KAAP, Fort Ruigenhoek, Groenekan, NL 2012 Ben-de-Insanim, public space ankara and Siyah Beyaz Gallery, Ankara, TR 2011 The Dutch identity? The Power of Now, Museum De Paviljoens, Almere, NL Black Cube, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, NL Mutualisms, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago, US 2010 The Stability of Objects, Seoul Art Space Geumcheon, Seoul, KR Fare Well, Brain Factory Gallery, Seoul, KR (+ catalogue) Monument for Invisible Particles, Belastingkantoor Kralendijk, Bonaire, BES I hear a new world, RC De Ruimte, IJmuiden, NL KAAP, Fort Ruigenhoek, Groenekan, NL (children’s exhibition + catalogue) 2009 Windows, Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, NL Everybody Here Comes From Somewhere, Montserrat Gallery, Beverly MA, US (together with Jonas Ohlsson) Another China, Meta House, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, KH (+ catalogue) 2008 Imagen Latente, Galeria Cerro Nutibara Medellin, COL Another China, Kunstverein Tiergarten, Galerie Nord, Berlin, DE (+ catalogue) 2007 To Raise One Question after Another, Songzhuang Art Center, Beijing, CH One Year of Experimental Art at Lashihai, Lashihai Haidong Art Center, Yunan, CH (+ catalogue) Liefde in de Stad, W139, Amsterdam, NL Sound of Haarlemmermeer, Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen, Vijfhuizen, NL (+ publication) 2006 Peter Stuyvesant’s Ghost, public Space, East-Village, New York City, US World Unlimited, Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem, NL 2005 Pulse Video Festival, Durban Art Gallery, South-Africa, ZA (+ catalogue) Social Sculpture, Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS, Amsterdam, NL (with Jean-Baptiste Ganne and Carey Young) The Blue Comets, HCBK Stroom, Den Haag, NL Jianghu public space, Kunming, CH 2004 Art Cologne, Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS, Amsterdam, NL (+ catalogue) Situations, Museum de Paviljoens, Almere, NL (+ publication and DVD) ARCO, Madrid, ES / Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS, Amsterdam, NL (+ catalogue) Straal, Outdoor projection programme De Balie/AFK, Amsterdam, NL 2003 SKOR, De Inkijk, Ruysdaelkade 2, Amsterdam, NL Art Forum Berlin, Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS, Amsterdam, NL (+ catalogue) Chock-a-block-stock 2, Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS, Amsterdam, NL Art Rotterdam / Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS, Rotterdam Cruise Terminal, Rotterdam, NL 2002 Upstream, de Bazel, temporary project in public space, Amsterdam, NL (+ catalogue) Art Rotterdam, Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS, Rotterdam, NL 2001 Internationales Foto Festival Herten, DE (+ catalogue) House of Games, Festival aan de Werf, Utrecht, NL Amsterdams Centrum voor Fotografie, NL Kaleidoscopic Eye, Museum für Photographie, Braunschweig, DE (+ catalogue) 2000 P’rend, Museum waterland (+ catalogue), Purmerend, NL En Bloc, MK-expositieruimte, Rotterdam, NL World Wide Video Festival, Planetarium Artis, Amsterdam, NL (+ catalogue) PARTIE 8, Brandenburgische Kunsttage / Internationales Kunst Forum Drewen, DE (site specific installation+catalogue) Chock-A-Block, Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS, Amsterdam, NL 1997 Hong kong etc., 2e Biënnale Johannesburg, SA (+ catalogue) Jus Primae Noctis, Lumen Travo gallery, Amsterdam, NL Hong kong, Perfumed Harbour, De Appel, Amsterdam, NL Publications, press 2017 Geen drugs, wel kunst (Het Parool, Sara Luijters, 26-2-2017) 2016 Welcome Stranger, artist publication for Peekskill Project6, HVCCA, Peekskill, New York Flowers from the Cardboard Hotel, artist’s publication published by TheRainbowSoulclub 2015 The Gravitas of Time, (Arts.Black, Ikechukwu Onyewuenyi, November 2015) Peekskill as Canvas for Artists Near and Far, (New York Times, Oct.15, 2015 Tammy La Gorce) Everything Is One, exhibition essay, ISCP New York, by Kari Conte 2014 Sending Out The Gods, artists publication i.c.w. George Korsmit, text and photos by Saskia Janssen 2013 Kunst als een Liedje, Pam Roos ten Barge, Metropolis M, October Spelen met Betekenis, M. Geraedts, Tubelight The Autonomy of Affect’, artist contribution i.c.w. G. Korsmit and A. Mers, Proximity Magazine # 10, p. 46-53 2012 Actie! Nieuw Activistisch Elan, Renate van der Zee, Kunstbeeld #11 Al die losse eindjes dienen een hoger doel, K. Keijer, Het Parool, February A Glass of Water (Some Objects on the Path to Enlightenment), artist publication/risograph, edition of 60 2011 Blind Date With Experts In Future, Graphic #18 workshop issue, p.175-188 2010 Fare Well, Top Class Magazine # December, p.44-47 Exoten Act, Mister Motley # 25 on Fear, September Een bioscoop voor vogels op Fort Ruigenhoek, Dana Linssen, NRC, 11-6-2010 Als je niet durft: tanden op elkaar en er doorheen!, Anita Twaalfhoven, Trouw, 2-6 2009 A different Perspective, Ilse van Rijn, November Another China at Meta House, Bradfort Edwards, Asian Art News #2 Saskia Janssen, Me & You on A Golden Avenue, Anna van Leeuwen, Kunstbeeld nr. 3 Het spinnen van een mensenweb, Maarten Steenhagen, Tubelight, 23-4 Die webben zijn zelfportretten voor mij, Liedewij Loorbach, Het Parool, 17-3 Blaka Watra Spiders, artist’s publication published by Roma Publications Spinnenportretten van verslaafden, Jan-Willem Oomen, De Wereldomroep, 26-3 2008 Inloophuisgasten ontmoeten wereld van verschil Gracia Nelson, De Ware Tijd, Suriname, 11-10 Another China, Das Lijiang Studio in Yunnan, Hermann Pfütze, KunstForum International nr 92/ p. 267 – 269 Alexis, Clifton, Annemieke, Mister Motley #18 on Imago, p.5-7, p.22 and p.24-25 Gimme Shelter # 5, published by the RainbowSoulclub 2007 Blaka Watra Spiders, Saskia Janssen, Gray Magazine #3, p.42-51 Gimme Shelter’#3 and #4, published by the RainbowSoulclub Gimme Shelter’#1 and #2, published by the RainbowSoulclub Twee leefwerelden vinden elkaar in kunst, Marco van der Heijden, Het Parool, 20-9 Liefde in de Stad, Hans Nauta, Trouw, 31-8 Lente breekt door bij Sound of Haarlemmermeer, Peter Bruyn, Haarlems Dagblad 26-3 2006 Gimme Shelter #1 and #2, a publication/newspaper in collaboration with De Regenboog Foundation and Students of the Gerrit Rietveld Akademie and AKV St.Joost 2005 Een Grens van Bloemen, Machteld Leij, NRC, 21-10 Plumpuddingtapijt, Hans den Hartog Jager, NRC, 10-6 Politiek en Vermaak verenigd in kunst, Wieteke van Zeil, Volkskrant, 8-6 Groeistapels voor een nieuwbouw, Robbert-Jan Muller, Het Schooldomein, June 2004 Saskia Janssen, tussen Engagement en Mysterie, Han Schoonhoven, PhotoQ, 10 Een hangplek tussen kassen, hokken en rode kolen, Mireille de Putter, Mr. Motley, issue#03 Scene Shifters, artist’s publication, published by Artimo Publishers, Amsterdam Soundtrack van een Almeerse woonwijk, Edo Dijksterhuis, NRC, 19-5 Saskia Janssen legt zwartwerkers in de watten, Jacquine van de Elzen, SKRIEN, May Display Book 2001-2002, published by Display Gallery, Prague, CZ Tricks of the Trade, Sophie Berrebi 2003 Exedra 1997 – 2001, tussen feit lijn en fictie p. 17, p. 64, published by Exedra Foundation, Hilversum, NL 2002 Superstage, Michaela Ivaniskova, Umelec Vol. 6 Lidska dramata ve fotograích Saskie Janssenové, Michaela Ivaniskinova, Lidové Noviny Kultura, 14-06 The three-ring circus of life; artist explores contemporary displacement of ordinary people, Mimi Rogers, Prague Post, 22-6 Catalogue Prix de Rome Photography / Film 2002 Kunstenaars tonen hun kijk op 400 jaar VOC, Martha Dirkmaat Planting, Noord-Hollands Dagblad Saskia Janssenová: Super Stage, Thomás Pospiszyl, Týden no. 24 Lidska dramata ve fotografiích Saskie Janssenové’, Michaela Ivaniskinova, Lidové Noviny Kultura, 14-06 2001 Hangjongeren in Purmerend, Kees Keijer, Het Parool, 24-11 Als opgeprikte vlinders, over de portretten van Saskia Janssen, Claudine Hellweg, Kunstblad, February Photomaton’, #15, Channel 1, Bulgarian National Television, 17-2 European Photography’, Bas Vroege, nr.68 fall/winter 2000 Straten, pleinen en schooljeugd in Purmerend, Eddie Marsman, NRC, 14-12 Catalogue 18th World Wide Video Festival, Nathalie Zonnenberg Kunst abladen verboten, Christophe Tannert, Der Tagesspiegel, 16-9 Verdreht in Drewen, Nicola Kuhn, Der Tagesspiegel, 9-9 P’rend, publication/project; Bas Vroege en Maartje v.d. Heuvel, published by Paradox 1999 De Amsterdamse Kunstprijzen, AT5 broadcast, November Maritiem Epos, Mirelle Thijssen, Het Financieële Dagblad 1998 Cliché op cliché is geen cliché meer, De Volkskrant, 16-9 Een machinekamer als circuspiste, Erik Hagoort, De Volkskrant, 25-2 1997 Traderoutes, catalogue 2e Biennale Johannesburg, ZA Hongkong etc., artist’s publication, published by Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten & Hou Hanrou, Amsterdam, NL Commissions in Public Space 2010 Commission Atelier Rijksbouwmeester for tax office Bonaire, BES 2010 Research commision for Poelenburg, Gemeente Zaanstad, NL 2006/2007 Commission Public Space, Gemeente Haarlemmermeer, NL 2004 Commission Public Space Staatsliedenwijk, Museum De Paviljoens / Gemeente Almere, NL 2003 Commission for new school building ISW college, ‘s-Gravenzande, NL