Visual Art Lecture Series: Martha van Dessell

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Martha van Dessell, photo courtesy of the artist

The Visual Art Lecture Series presents talks by leading Canadian and international artists, curators and academics. Martha van Dessel is faculty for the BAiR Emerging residency.                                                                         

Marthe van Dessel is an activist and performer who creates interfaces, devices and protocols to infiltrate societal and institutional hardware. Her work engages in administrative, cultural, and political dimensions of personal and collective identities, and confronts relationships between the Self & Other to the commons, co-authorship and the redistribution of the public domain.

Marthe graduated with a degree in Political and Social Sciences from the University of Antwerp (1998) and Graphic Design (2002) from St-Lukas. She was a researcher at the Jan Van Eyck Academy in Maastricht in 2005, a UNIDEE resident in 2007 and has been a guest lecturer at St-Lukas in Antwerp, the Royal Academy of Ghent and the Higher Institute of Fine Art. 

Since 1998, Marthe has initiated, mediated, facilitated, and curated local and international projects through the collective bolwerK.  bolwerK creates supportive social environments in order to formulate shared questions and foster a sense of communality.  Additionally she works with the artistic collective Future Farmers: a group of diverse practitioners aligned through an interest in making work that is relevant to the time and place surrounding us.  She is one of the researchers on the 2017 seafaring voyage and public art project, Seed Journey.