Inge Meijer

Inge Meijer (1986)

Lives in Amsterdam. Works in Amsterdam.

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, Still Life #1 follows the gradual placement and displacement of plants within exhibition design of the Stedelijk Musuem from 1945 to 1983. Two color and 57 black and white images selected from from 38 years of exhibition documentation.
Still Life #1 follows the gradual placement and displacement of plants within exhibition design of the Stedelijk Musuem from 1945 to 1983. Two color and 57 black and white images selected from from 38 years of exhibition documentation.
Inge Meijer, If  You Go Down to the Woods Today unveils the fragile layers of our relationship to nature. A sequence capturing the daily exercise of a retired show animal and its owner reshapes into metaphors of compassion and supremacy. Referencing components of domestication the work subtly reveals the complexity of captivity
If You Go Down to the Woods Today unveils the fragile layers of our relationship to nature. A sequence capturing the daily exercise of a retired show animal and its owner reshapes into metaphors of compassion and supremacy. Referencing components of domestication the work subtly reveals the complexity of captivity
Inge Meijer, Still Life #1 follows the gradual placement and displacement of plants within exhibition design of the Stedelijk Musuem from 1945 to 1983. Two color and 57 black and white images selected from from 38 years of exhibition documentation.
Still Life #1 follows the gradual placement and displacement of plants within exhibition design of the Stedelijk Musuem from 1945 to 1983. Two color and 57 black and white images selected from from 38 years of exhibition documentation.
Kunst is Lang, interview with Inge Meijer

About

Mondriaan Fonds
After initially working mainly with photography, Inge Meijer has since 2010 increasingly opted for the film camera that offers her the opportunity to "come close to the reality" and share what she finds important with us. She makes films about the everyday and the ordinary, our desire to rise above that and the pursuit of happiness in particular. She takes everyday life as a starting point and zooms in on the ways in which people try to make something of life together, or individually. She focuses on the small things, such as attention for each other and the daily actions in which not only our worries but also our dreams, desires and illusions are nurtured, because 'life is understood backward but must be lived forward' (free to Kierkegaard) .
Mirjam Westen, curator Prospects & Concepts 2015

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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).