MICHELLE SON coccyx uncurling scotoma saguaro Vasilisa like a luminous animal Belly Buster SPRING FEVER ZPF 11 09 Mutter I Mutter II The Lesson IMWORTHIT wujūd dha\ti-hi INFO TEXTS
b. Johannesburg, South Africa Lives and works in Amsterdam (NL) Since graduating in Fine Art from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in 2016, I have exhibited mainly within the Netherlands, namely Prospects and Concepts: Art Rotterdam 2020, puntWG (Amsterdam), Villa Mondriaan (Winterswijk), Vlaamse Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond (Amsterdam), Kunstpodium T (Tilburg) and Teylers Museum (Haarlem). I am a recipient of the AKF (Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst) project grants (2017) and the Mondriaan Fonds Werkbijdrage Jong Talent (Stipendium for Emerging Artists 2018 - 2019). Since 2018, I have served on the programming committee of the puntWG, an artist-run project space in Amsterdam. My interest in the paradox of language has been expressed throughout my artistic practice in multiple forms. Investigating the intricacies of communication has personal agency and exercising its limits and possibilities remains a catalyst for change and connection. EDUCATION 2013 - 2016 Bachelor in Fine Art, Fine Arts Department, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam (NL) 2012 - 2013 Sandberg Institute, Design Department, Amsterdam, (NL) 2010 Bachelor of Technology, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town (ZA) (Cum Laude) 2002 Bachelor of Art, Graphic Design, Vega, Johannesburg (ZA) SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2017 Belly Buster, puntWG, Amsterdam (NL) GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2021 Villa Mondriaan, Winterswijk (NL) Mind Body Problem curated by Sander Breure and Witte van Hulzen, One Minutes (NL) Non-Native Native Art Fair, WORM Rotterdam (NL) Soft Delay, initiated by Mitch Thar, De Vlught, Amsterdam (NL) 2020 Prospects and Concepts by Mondriaan Fonds, Art Rotterdam (NL) I’m glad you’ve already noticed, Stockholm (SE) 2019 Awkward Introductions Radio, Showroom Mama, Rotterdam (NL) Innate Fuel, off-site exhibition, Lyon Biennale (FR) Home Sequence, Amsterdam (NL) 2018 10 Years, Kunstpodium T, Tilburg (NL) Infinity Studio, Kampnagel, Hamburg (DE) Noisy Walls, Amsterdam (NL) 2017 Helicotrema 6, Ja Ja Ja Nee Nee Nee playlist, Venice (IT) NEU NOW Online Festival, ELIA (European League of Institutes of the Arts) 2016 ZPF 11 09, Graduation Show, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam (NL) The Syncopated Dialectics of Words and Things, curated by Jean Bernard Koeman, Rietveld Glass Pavillion, Amsterdam (NL) Bots Bodies, Beasts, Vlaamse Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond, Amsterdam (NL) 2015 Hey, Do You Speak Favorite? Apprentice/Master, Kunstpodium T, Tilburg (NL) Mutter, Historical Materialism, Teylers Museum, Haarlem (NL) 2014 Bukake Bukakke, Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam (NL) Voice ~ Creature of Transition, Vlaamse Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond, Amsterdam (NL) 2013 The One Minutes, Sandberg Institute (NL) 2011 Independent Publishing Project, Blank Projects, Cape Town (ZA) 2010 To Whom It May Concern: Cape Town (ZA) (graduation) RESIDENCIES 2021 Frans Masareel Centrum (BE) 2014 BochumerStraße Spricht, Gelsenkirchen (DE) (Rietveld Fine Arts) GRANTS AND AWARDS 2018-19 Mondriaan Fonds: Werkbijdrage Jong Talent (Stipendium for Emerging Artists) (NL) 2017 AFK (Amsterdamse fonds voor de Kunst): Project funding for Belly Buster (NL) Nominated for NEU NOW Prize for Emerging Artists 2016 Nominated for Gerrit Rietveld Academy Thesis Prize (NL) 2015 Rietveld Academy Profile Fund (NL) 2012 Stichting Studiefonds voor Zuid-Afrikaanse Studenten (SSF) (NL) 2010 Dean Merit Award: Bachelor of Technology (Cum Laude), Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town (ZA) ACTIVITIES 2021 Rietveld Fine Arts Graduation: Guest writer + studio visits, Amsterdam (NL) 2019 Rietveld Fine Arts Graduation: Guest writer + studio visits, Amsterdam (NL) 2018 - Artistic committee of puntWG, Amsterdam (NL) 2017 Assistant coordinator, Summer School Workshop with Michiel van Iersel, Rieke Vos and Afaina de Jong , Stichting NDSM (NL) Walkabout, Belly Buster for West Wednesdays, Amsterdam (NL) Guest curator with Anna Frijstein for ‘Rehearsal’ Exhibition and Symposium for Rietveld Fine Arts, SSBA Salon: Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam (NL) 2016 Artist Presentation, Failed to Sync (Talks) by Anna Frijstein, Punt WG (NL) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- [email] michelle@michelleson.com