Guido van der Werve

Guido van der Werve

Guido van der Werve was born in Papendrecht, the Netherlands, in 1977 and currently lives and works in Finland, Amsterdam and Berlin. He has gained international attention for his video works.

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.

With Public Delivery Video festival Fairy Tales, 2015

Guido van der Werve - Nummer acht, Everything is going to be alright, 2007, installation view, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan, 2015
Guido van der Werve – Nummer acht, Everything is going to be alright, 2007, installation view, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan, 2015
Fairy Tales was a video art festival at the Plaza of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan.

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

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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.

Guido van der Werve - Nummer acht, Everything is going to be alright, 2007
Guido van der Werve – Nummer acht, Everything is going to be alright, 2007
Once again, Guido van der Werve is performing himself, walking in front of an icebreaker. The unblinking eye of the camera captures the action, reminding us of the tableau vivant1 genre.

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.

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Footnotes

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tableau_vivant

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