Semâ Bekirović


Semâ Bekirović studied at the Rietveld Academie and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. Her work has been exhibited at De Appel (Amsterdam), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam), Hayward Gallery Project Space (London), Dutch Culture Institute (Shanghai) and on Times Square (NYC).

She describes her artistic research as follows:

To what extent does an artwork create itself? And how much of the final product is a result of the artists’ guiding hand? I sometimes get the impression that my works seem to make themselves. It’s as if they have all these opinions regarding what they want to be/look like/say, and I find my role in the process reduced to that of collaborator instead of creator. In my work I usually get my inspiration from biology, philosophy and science. I am interested in notions of emergence, the (non existent?) border between nature and culture, and in all imaginable kinds of natural phenomena and processes. I am especially interested in emergence or how human, animal, or other objects function as systems within a network. I think it is important, that we, human objects place ourselves in a more modest position in relation to other living and non-living objects.

This residency is made possible with kind support by the Mondriaan Fonds.