I would like to research how I can show my work in a different way, a meaningful way. I would like to convert my performances into images and video that can speak for themselves. Documentation of a performance is almost never interesting to look at. I have experimented in the past with some photo and video portraits of myself. I could really exploit this more. I’m very much looking forward to experimenting with this and hearing from others how I could develop and improve my practice.
Imke Zeinstra is a Performance Artist. She was born in 1992 in Almere, Netherlands. At the moment she lives in Rotterdam. After a prepatory year she started to study Fine Arts at AKV| St. Joost Breda in 2011. In 2015 she graduated in Fine Arts. In addition to live performances she also uses photography and video as a medium.
In her performances she reveals the desire to be loved. She represents the inner struggle between the desire to be gracious and loved, and the destructive side that breaks through obsession again. Starting from beauty that slowly unfolds to the powerlessness that balances between horror and pleasure.
Imke’s work is characterized by the physical use of her own body. Material and clothing choices also play a major role. This emphasizes themes such as seduction, sensuality and eroticism. Her work is at first sight aesthetically pleasing to look at. In her performances she tries to show her most inner desires, even though they are sometimes in conflict with each other.
Her most recent work was inspired by Lilith. The most famous description of Lilith comes from Judaism and tells that she was the first wife of Adam. She did not submit to Adam and fled from paradise. She is connected with the instinctive female sexuality and the female power. Because she did not allow herself to be oppressed by the man, she is often seen as a symbol for feminists.
This feminist character is reflected in her work “Tempting Danger: Releasing the Beast”, where she enters the role of the temptress again and visualizes her point of view as a free woman. As well as, the struggle that woman have been conducting with the man for centuries.
2016 – 2017
Post Academie Coaching, Bcademie, Rotterdam
2011 – 2015
BFA – Autonome Beeldende Kunst AKV St.Joost, Breda | Minor 1: Art & Technology, Minor 2: Art & Research
2010 – 2011
Prepatory Year Akv St. Joost, Breda/ ‘s-Hertogenbosch | Voorbereidingsjaar op Kunstacademie
PERFORMANCES & EXHIBITIONS
Collaborative Project: Bring in Weight International project curated by Harm Lux Zagreb, Brussels, Berlin and Eindhoven
Berliner Festspiele, Berlin, DE
Mantis Festival, Utrecht, NL
Happy 6 years: BAR’s Final Birthay Party Performances and interventions with Performance Bar, BAR Rotterdam, NL
Happy New Year Performances Schloss Beesenstedt, DE
‘Silk Ivory Connection’ collaboration with Lukas Karvelis, Performance Bar Rotterdam, NL
Performances and Interventions with Performance Bar Transformer Paradiso, Amsterdam, NL
‘Moneybuilder’ Mantis, Muntgebouw Utrecht, NL
The Performance Bar on Tour: Sisyphos, Berlijn, DE
‘Sand and Anchor’ Brussels, BE
‘Tempting Danger: Releasing the Beast’ Mind the Gap, Museumpark Rotterdam, NL
‘Tempting Danger: Releasing the Beast Mini Bar Festival, Bar Rotterdam, NL
‘Tempting Danger: Releasing the Beast’ Girls go Boom Prom queer edition, Rotterdam, NL
‘Tempting Danger: Releasing the Beast’ Mantis at Hutspot, Utrecht, NL
‘My sweet sixteen party’ Performance Bar, Rotterdam, NL
‘Tempting Danger: Releasing the Beast’ Kunstnacht Breda 2018, Witte Rook Breda, NL
‘Tempting Danger: Releasing the Beast’ Watdajel Art Festival, Utrecht, NL
Solo Exhibition ‘A Dinosaur Gazelle and other stories’ Willem Twee Fabriek Den Bosch, NL
Performance Bar on Tour at The Others Fair, Turijn,
Workshop Presentation Venice International Performance Art Week, C32 Forte Marghera Venetie, IT
Group exhibition Bcademie 2016/2017, TENT Rotterdam, NL
One year Anniversary of the Performance Bar, Rotterdam, NL
Exhibition “Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf” Flipside, Eindhoven, NL
Collaborative Performance at Art Rotterdam, NL 27/01 “Shelflife II” in collaboration with Maurice Nuiten during Cultuurnacht Breda, NL
Photo serie “”Forniphilia” This Art Fair, Amsterdam NL
“For I am a Dinosaur Gazelle” Winterwolven, Arminius kerk, Rotterdam NL
Performance Dutch Design Week, in collaboration with Firma Vruchtlees “For Play, Shaping Sexuality” MU, Eindhoven NL
WIPAW, Warschau PL
“For I am a Dinosaur Gazelle Selfportraits” In het Midden, TAC Eindhoven, NL
“For I am a Dinosaur Gazelle #7” Kehrtwenden: Weitergehen/ Cry me a river performance festival,Leipzig, DE
“For I am a Dinosaur Gazelle #6” Cultuurnacht Breda, NL
‘For I am a Dinosaur Gazelle #5’ Best of Graduation at Media At Festival Friesland, Leeuwarden, NL
‘For I am a Dinosaur Gazelle #4’ Decadence Performance Festival, Valencia, ES
Collaboration project with Manuel Lopez ‘Sticky Love’ Intramurs Festival, Valencia, ES
‘For I am a Dinosaur Gazelle #2’ CREATurE live art festival, Kaunas, LT Collaboration project with Manuel Lopez ‘Sticky Love’ 2’ CREATurE live art festival, Kaunas, LT
‘For I am a Dinosaur Gazelle #1 P.A.S. Performance Art Studies, Cheapart Athene, GR
‘I’m actually always in love…’ Palais Ideal, De Fabriek Eindhoven, NL
‘Mauerblümchen’ Wettbüro Berlin #4 | Time Warp, Zukunft, Berlijn, DE
‘Milk’ Platforma Internaţională de Performance Art, Platforma Space, Boekarest, RO
‘Harmonica Run’ IPA presentations, Fabrica Pionierul , Boekarest, RO
‘Poging tot aanraken van de ruimte (1)’ Weiner Melange, Tetterode, Amsterdam, NL
‘Woman with blanket, lipstick and table’ PAE kort#10, Wolfart Spaces, Rotterdam, NL
‘Home part I and II’ ]performance o p e n [, ]performancespace], Londen, UK
‘On Higher Ground’ P.A.S. Performance Art Studies, Grimmuseum Berlijn, DE
‘Kind of Blue’ P.A.S. Performance Art Studies, Grimmuseum Berlijn, DE
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