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Esther Polak & Ivar van Bekkum

Since the beginning of 2010 Esther Polak and Ivar van Bekkum fully collaborate in the development of their artistic projects. With a consistent interest in landscape and in contemporary ways of visualising space and geography, Esther Polak and Ivar van Bekkum explore the visual and documentary possibilities of GPS. GPS is upgraded from a pure geographic, locative tool to a personal mirror of people’s lives and, comparable to photography and film, used to record their own mobility and spatial narratives.

Esther Polak lives and works in Amsterdam. Polak graduated at the Royal Academy for Visual Arts in the Hague. The Netherlands in 1986, and was a participant at the Rijksakedemie van Beeldende Kunst in Amsterdam until 1989. Prizes she received include Golden Nica Interactive Art, Linz, Austria (2005) and the Gada Balva Prix, Riga, Letland (2004).

Her work was displayed internationally, exhibitions include Zuiderzeemuseum, Enkhuizen, Netherlands (2012), African Artist Foundation Lagos, Nigeria (2011), Graphology, MuHKA, Antwerp, Belgium (2011), Whose Map is it? New Mapping by Artists, Iniva, London, United Kingdom (2010) , Bayero University Kano, Kano, Nigeria (2009), Transmediale, Berlin,Germany (2009), Medialab-Prado, Madrid, Spain (2008), Making Things Public, ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany (2005), and Municipal Argive, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2002).

Ivar van Bekkum is a visual artist, art director, graphic designer, illustrator, photographer and producer working in Amsterdam. With Polak he is currently developing a new project on visualization of space by mapping worldwide pelagic fishing in The Netherlands, Croatia, Antilles, Scotland and Kenia. Recent projects include the workshop Mapping in progress at Pixelache, Helsinki (2011) and an exhibition at Punt WG, Amsterdam (2011). Also he designed, photographed and published "Hier begon het" (Here it started), a book on breastcancer, by Beatrice Messerli (The Netherlands, Switzerland, 2011).



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