Van der Werve pursued studies in industrial design, archaeology, music composition, Russian language and literature at several universities in the Netherlands before creating his first video documented performances around 2000.
Van der Werve plays the protagonist in his satirical videos, balancing between tragedy and comedy and between idleness and non-sense. Overall, he offers a poetic point of view on existentialism and fatalism. More simply, he delivers awareness of how lonely and absurd life can be at the same time.
Artists: Lida Abdul, Said Atabekov, Mohamed Bourouissa, Chen Chieh-Jen, Cao Fei, Yang Fudong, Cyprien Gaillard, Dejan Kaludjerović, Mari Kim, Kamin Lertchaiprasert, Taus Makhacheva, Almagul Menlibayeva, Mariko Mori, Ahmet Ögüt, Adrian Paci, Public Delivery, Wang Qingsong, Walid Raad, Cheng Ran, China & Item Idem, Taps & Moses, Guido van der Werve, Erwin Wurm, Miao Xiaochun
Exhibited: Nummer acht, Everything is going to be alright, 2007
Shot in the North Pole, he is confronted in this video by the vast desert of the northern landscape. He challenges his own limitations and faces the exhaustion of time and space in which he is located.
The simple, but endlessly repeated actions, create an unspoken narrative that betrays the artist’s obsession with the slapstick possibilities of isolation, sadness, and alienation.