Photo: © Liza Prins and Veerle Melis
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Dutch artist duo residency in London

Mar. 10, 2022

Van Gogh House London has announced that the Dutch Artist Duo residency has been awarded to Veerle Melis and Liza Prins. The artists will live in the house for a month in June 2022.

Through their proposal ‘Exercises for Sabotage’, the artists will explore contemporary issues around labour and production. Finding precedent in the Luddites, 19th Century textile workers who destroyed machinery and sabotaged production processes, Veerle and Liza will consider ways we might disrupt contemporary modes of ‘hyper-productivity’.

Alongside archive visits and reading groups, a key research method will be the disassembling and knitting together of multi-person jumpers as embodiments of a better connected (and potentially less productive) society. Members of the public will be able to participate in these reading groups, workshops and open studios hosted in the domestic spaces of the Van Gogh House.

Through this project, Veerle and Liza will be reinforcing the lesser-known stories of the women who lived alongside Vincent van Gogh in the 1870s; his landlady Mrs. Loyer as well as the seamstresses and dressmakers who also rented rooms here.

Veerle and Liza were chosen through an open call process, judged by Ron Dirven, Directeur-conservator at Vincent van Gogh Huis Zundert, Saskia Olde Wolbers, Artist and Livia Wang, Creative Director of Van Gogh House.

You can read more on the Van Gogh House London website.

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