Niels Bekkema (Groningen, 1989) is a writer who makes art. He exhibited works in the Netherlands, Canada, South-Afrika and Mexico, and published writing in Spain and the Netherlands. Last summer he was a resident at the Leighton studios in the Centre for Arts and Creativity in Banff, Canada. He writes for the website ArtsEverywhere (www.artseverywhere.ca).
With his current work, he explores the peripheries of language with wooden sculptures, wall-mounted objects and paintings.
Education-MFA, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, NL, from 2014 to 2016 -BFA, Academie Minerva, Groningen, NL, from 2007 – 2011
Residencies2020 -(forthcoming) Independent residency at Skaftfell, Seyðisfjörður, IS2018 -Leighton Artists Studios, Banff, CAN2015 -SOMA-summer, Mexico-city, MEX-Kunstlerhause Martin Kausche, Worpswede, DE2010 European Exchange Academy, Beelitz Heilstätten, DE
Selected exhibitions2018 -Solo exhibition at Onono, Rotterdam, NL-Supposing You Do Not Like To Change, live translation of Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, NL-010180, Group exhibition, Krimpen a/d IJssel, NL 2017 -After Hours, solo exhibition, Rotterdam, NL-The House, Group exhibition curated by Samantha McCulloch, Twil Sharp House, Johannesburg, RSA2016 -Assemble Relatives, Graduation show Piet Zwart Institute, RAM foundation, TENT, MAMA, Rotterdam, NL-First Cut, Group exhibition at Wolfart, Rotterdam, NL2015 -Solar Anus, group show, SOMA, Mexico-city, MEX-The World That Day, solo at Sinister Legends, Rotterdam, NL-Peet Market, Rotterdam, NL-Sender Sumpf, Worpswede market, Worpswede, DE-Cutting Leaves for the Dogs, Tale of a Tub, Rotterdam, NL-Studios Open, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, NL2014 -The owls are not what they seem (curator), We Love It When A Plan Comes Together, Groningen, NL2013 -Royal Award for Modern Paiting, Dam Palace, Amsterdam, NL
Publications2018 -De ondergrond 6, Rotterdam, NL2015 -Excess of Vision, SOMA, Mexico-city, MEX-Sender Sumpf, Worpswede, DEEtc.2019-now-Writer for ArtsEverywhere (www.artseverywhere.ca)2017-now-Member of the programming committee, Kunsthuis SYB, Beetsterzwaag, NL2016 - now -Various tutoring roles in academy Minerva, Groningen, NL2018 -Coordination, proofreading and translation for the Almende Reader, the second Triennial of Beetsterzwaag Reader, Kunsthuis SYB, NL-Project investment, Mondriaan Fund, NL-Research and Development Grant, CBK-Rotterdam, NL-In conversation with Guy Bar Amotz and Maziar Afrassiabi, RIB, Rotterdam NL2017 -Research and Development Grant, CBK-Rotterdam, NL-Reviewer for Tubelight Magazine, Rotterdam, NL-Redaction Member for de Nieuwe, Arti et Amicitae, Amsterdam, NL-Advisor 24-hour residencies, Kunsthuis SYB, NL2013 -Royal award for painting, nominee, Amsterdam, NL