Wapke Feenstra

Wapke Feenstra is a co-founder of Myvillages (2003), an artist collective set up to advocate for a new understanding of the rural as a place of and for cultural production. They work with formats that are close to the everyday and have set up long-term and ongoing trans-local infrastructures to make connections between people and places, such as the International Village Shop and the Rural School of Economics. Feenstra is born in Hennaarderadeel and lives in Rotterdam. Her latest commissions include the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig (2015-16), Times Museum in Guangzhou (2017), OK_Video in Jakarta (2017), Whitechapel Gallery in London, Potato Growers at the Istanbul Biennale (2019) and with Rural School of Economics is she a part of Documenta fifteen in Kassel.

From 2007 Feenstra published on rural undercurrents, landscape perception and images of farming. Together with Böhm, Feenstra has edited The Rural (2019) as part of the Documents on Contemporary Art series by Whitechapel Gallery and MIT Press. In 2021, Feenstra published the book Boerenzij/The Rural Side, with a text and visual essay on rural migration and gentrification in Rotterdam. Current research is with e.g. Van Abbe Museum, “Rural Imaginations” UVA and Donna Paola Art Farm in Italy.

Public Collections include Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Fries Museum, Arts Maebashi (Japan) and Kunstmuseum Thurgau (Switzerland).

Websites: www.ruralschoolofeconomics.info, www.wapke.nl and www.myvillages.org
Boerenzij Rural Migration on Rotterdam South / 2019
Boerenzij Rural Migration on Rotterdam South / 2019
Price: Video 1/5 - per piece €5000

The Rural Side questions the hegemony of urban culture through encounters with the countryside in the city. This art project created with and by Rotterdammers places rural migration, mindsets, memories, objects and en plein air drawings in the midst of the current gentrification of Rotterdam-Zuid. Boerenzij demands critical awareness of the naturalness with which rural culture is being swallowed up and urbanized worldwide.

Photo Aad Hogendoorn | TENT

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