On the occasion of their current residency "performing landscapes" at Greylight Projects in partnership with IKOB - Museum of Contemporary Art, Stefania Crișan and Isolde Venrooy present their respective practices at IKOB. Both artists will work at Greylight Projects in Heerlen, NL between March and May 2023, developing a new project to be publicly presented at the “performing landscapes” festival on 2nd September 2023, taking place at IKOB. The festival is a collaboration between the different institutions of the Very Contemporary network.

Following an open call for proposals, the two artists were selected by a jury consisting of Very Contemporary members Guus van Engelshoven (De Domijnen, Sittard), Roy Voragen and Wouter Huis (Greylight Projects) and Brenda Guesnet (IKOB).

Isolde Venrooy (b. 1977 in Rosmalen, NL, lives and works in Nijmegen, NL) works with objects, interventions and walks to form an artistic practice that is rooted in ecological thinking and making. Together with participants, co-authors, friends and passers-by, she experiments with forms of collaboration, exploring, giving and receiving. Venrooy‘s work has been exhibited at TENT in Rotterdam, Zone2Source in Amsterdam and De Fabriek Eindhoven, among other places, and her artistic practice is supported by the Mondriaan Fund.

Stefania Crișan (b. 1993, Timisoara, RO, lives and works in Metz, FR) is interested in themes connected to the anthropocene, questioning the paradoxes between the horror and the beauty of catastrophe. Her practice is marked by a landscape that was devastated through ecological disaster, that of the village of Geamăna in Romania, deliberately flooded in the 1970s and turned into a settling pond for copper mining activities. Crișan is the winner of the 2022 Luxembourg Encouragement for Artists Prize (LEAP) and has exhibited at FRAC Lorraine, Casino Luxembourg, Stadtgalerie Saarbrücken and Centre Pompidou-Metz.

The talks will be in English. No registration necessary, admission is free.

Greylight Projects
Very Contemporary
Stefania Crișan
Isolde Venrooy

  1. Isolde Venrooy, ·R·E·S·P·O·N·G·E· (2022), exhibition at De Fabriek Eindhoven. photo: Peter Cox 2. Stefania Crisan, LE MONDE PERDU / THE LOST WORLD / LUMEA PIERDUTĂ (CHAPTER III), 2021.