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Saskia Noor van Imhoff creates installations, sculptures and photographic works which question the idea of the singular or original artwork. She conceives of her process as marking a moment in time, a temporary combination of materials and circumstance which will inevitably undergo further permutations. Among the materials she uses, Perspex, glass, LED and neon lighting, and found objects are all appropriated from the design of the exhibition space to create new systems. “My work is always iterative, meaning that I use elements from older installations in new works and recontextualize them”, the artist says about her practise. 

Interacting with Van Imhoff’s work is a multi-sensory experience; the installations create a distinct atmosphere with their fine-tuned lighting, spatial configurations, and climate modulation. Central to Van Imhoff’s artistic process are the elements one usually associates with hidden and obfuscated practices such as archiving, preserving and documenting, which are essential to the stewardship of artworks. However, Van Imhoff breaks with the existing or anticipated associations with these practices, setting apart individual elements and providing them with renewed value and meaning.

Saskia Noor van Imhoff (b. 1982 in Mission, CA) lives and works in Amsterdam (NL). She received her BA in Fine Art from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam (NL) in 2008. She worked at De Ateliers, Amsterdam (NL) in 2012, and Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (DE) in 2014. Van Imhoff was awarded the ABN Amro Art Prize (NL) in 2017, the same year she was nominated for the Prix de Rome (NL). She received the Walter Tielmann Prize for Book Design (DE) in 2012 and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie Prize (NL) in 2008. Van Imhoff has had exhibitions at various venues including: the Arnulf Rainer Museum, Baden (AT); the 11th Gwangju Biennial (KR); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (FR); Frans Hals Museum|DeHallen, Haarlem (NL); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL); De Appel, Amsterdam (NL) and the Moscow Biennial (RU). Van Imhoff’s work is included in the collections of the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (NL); Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar (NL); Verbeke Foundation, Kemzeke (BE); De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam (NL); Akzo Nobel Art Foundation, Amsterdam (NL) and ABN Amro Art Collection, Amsterdam (NL), among many other public and private collections.

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