By growing up in a family of aerial photographers Antoinette Nausikaä (1973, NL) learned about observing and zooming in and out on the world around her from an early age on. As a child she sat in the back of her parents plane watching them photographing their objects from different perspectives. Her way of working find its origin right there.
Antoinette works site specific usually at places where nature and urbanism intertwine. By using photography, video, drawing and sculpture she analyzes and literally zooms in and out on situations, events and patterns within a certain environment. This way she aims to show that things are inextricably linked, influence each other and that there is no such thing as a single perspective on a subject.
Driven by a personal need for finding stillness and balance within a turbulent and rapidly changing world, she explores the relationship between culture and nature within the haste and duality of everyday life. In this she is posing questions such as: “How does the human abstract relate to the natural organic? The mundane to the transcendent? Permanence to the impermanent? How to express the ineffable?”
With her works, her installations and publications she aims to show the interconnectedness of things around us. Offering the viewer a space for contemplation and share her personal research into our “invisible” relationships with the immediate environment, thus bridging everyday life and the transcendental, the (apparently) ordinary and the mystery.
Antoinette Nausikaä received her BA Fine Art at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam in 2004 and finished a residency at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam in 2010. In 2008 she was awarded the Bouw in Beeld Photography Prize and is currently nominated for the Somfy Photography Award 2020.
The past five years Antoinette has worked on a long term mountain project living around eight sacred mountains in Europe and Asia researching the balance between humans and nature. This project resulted in the book and exhibition Breathing Mountains 2018. Breathing Mountains (APE) was shortlisted Best Photo Book of the year at Photo Espana 2019.
Currently she is working on her new project A River Runs Through Me in which she explores the manifestation of nature and harmony within the formal structures of a city.
Works have been exhibited at places such as Photography Museum Huis Marseille, Amsterdam (NL), Kunstraum Düsseldorf (D), KunstSchloss Ringenberg (NL), Drawing Center Diepenheim (NL), LUMC gallery Leiden (NL), AMC Brummelkamp gallery Amsterdam (NL), The Dutch Bank Amsterdam (NL), Meetfactory Prague (CZ), Chinese European Art Center, Xiamen (CN), and works are a.o present in the collections of; Photography Museum Huis Marseille, Amsterdam (NL), LUMC, Leiden (NL), AMC, Amsterdam (NL), De Nederlandse Bank, Amsterdam (NL) ), Thalie Foundation Bruxelles (B),
For over five years Antoinette lived and worked on and around eight ancient mountains in Europe and Asia, each one of them a sacred icon and a pilgrimage destination. She travelled to Mount Fuji (JP), Olympus (GR), Ararat (AM) and the five most sacred mountains in China, the Wǔyuè. She observed them, climbed them, photographed, made drawings and dug in the earth for clay to make small sculptures. Click here for a CV
The series is the reflection of this project and includes a selection of images showing the different layers of her investigation. We witness Antoinette circling the mountain, looking, searching, and constantly balancing on the delicate high-wire between nature and culture.
I have the time
In an installation with photography, video, drawing and sculpture Nausikaä shows different viewpoints and seeks for the limits of different media in relation to the space. Antoinette Nausikaä shows the connection of human beings, and especially her own connection with the surrounding area. It bridges the gap between the mundane and the transcendental, the simple, ordinary thing and the mystery. She examines this perception and behaviors in relation to time, space and identity.
The human figure is a center point in the work of Nausikaä, which also can be found in the drawings. The figure is made with black ink, and forms a direct expression of an experience or thought at any given time. Omitting all side issues, focused on just what they want to show. The role of the androgynous figure who is linked almost in a cartoonish way by the work is, is to interpret and to connect with different views and layer.