Vera Mennens

audiovisueel - film - schrijven - natuur - artistiek onderzoek

Artist Vera Mennens (b. 1991), co-founder of at7 project space, lives and works in Rotterdam. Throughout her practice, Vera Mennens’s main research is on the question of how you can research history and historiography as an artist. Her works balance on the borders of fact and fiction, and while unraveling the past and present, she questions how the archive helps to construct and preserve our collective and personal memory and what the future of that archive can be. Her network of research comes together in constellations of overlapping images taken from public and personal archives, accompanied and brought together by a narrative. Her works provide a site of relations across time and place that invites to take a position between the collective and personal, fact and fiction, past and present in order to determine new perspectives and methods on the research on histories of western Europe.


The Three Stages (2017- ongoing)

Project

  • 01-10-2017
  • In samenwerking met: Heimans en Thijsse Stichting, Natuur Historisch Museum Rotterdam, Naturalis, Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam
  • Locatie: Netherlands, Germany, Belgium,
  • The project The Three Stages is a research project made alongside the writings and saved collected objects of one of the founders of the nature conservation movement in the Netherlands. In this work, I set out on a journey from the hills of South-Limburg (NL) to Gerolstein (DE) and the North Sea dunes (NL), not only looking for Eli Heimans and the landscapes in his stories but also to determine how we deal with archived history and the way we perceive nature in this time and age.
  • https://veramennens.cargo.site/The-Three-Stages-2017-ongoing

What Do Landscapes Say / Nomaos collective

Project

  • 01-06-2019 t/m 30-09-2021
  • In samenwerking met: Stimuleringsfonds
  • Locatie: Russia, Lithuania,
  • Research collective Nomaos is a cross-disciplinary group of architects, artists, illustrators, designers, urbanists and writers, who meet through various working methods, artistic expression and collaboration. Throughout a research period, they sought out encounters with places both in Russia and the Netherlands.
  • https://whatdolandscapessay.com

at7 project space

Overig

  • 01-07-2017
  • In samenwerking met: Bergur Thomas Anderson, M. Maria Walhout
  • Locatie: , Rotterdam
  • Project space at7 is an artist initiative founded in Amsterdam in 2017, organized by Vera Mennens, M. Maria Walhout, Bergur Thomas Anderson. at7 focuses on showing and supporting the practices of emerging artists and representing a variety of creators across the Netherlands. Since it's initiation in 2017, at7 has hosted more than 20 exhibitions, screenings, performance evenings, dinner parties in its former space in Amsterdam Nieuw-West. at7 is currently moving to Rotterdam.
  • https://www.instagram.com/happeningat7

Erkenningen

    Stipendium
  • Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds - Cultuurmakersfonds

  • 2020
    Stipendium
  • Stimuleringsfonds

  • 2019
    Stipendium
  • Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds - Josine de Bruyn Kops Fonds

  • 2019
    Stipendium
  • Mondriaan Fonds - Werkbijdrage jong talent

  • 2018
    Publicatie
  • Notes on Hapticity

  • 2020
  • writing
  • https://notesonhapticity.com/2020/08/11/in-contact-vera-mennens/ - N.O.H Collective
    Publicatie
  • The Three Stages at Art Rotterdam

  • 2020
  • review
  • https://www.metropolism.com/nl/features/40369_prospects_concepts_2020 - Marsha Bruinen
    Publicatie
  • Planten voor Kroedwusj, for Of Womxn and Other Weeds

  • 2021
  • publicatie
  • - Liza Prins
    Publicatie
  • Tijdschrift Kunstlicht, (Mis)interpreting maps, Issue 2/3_Ellipis

  • 2020
  • Publicatie
  • Tijdschrift Kunstlicht (VU, Amsterdam) -