Artist Statement


Nele Brökelmann is an artist who is deeply intrigued by the human need for structures of meaning. Within her artistic practice, Nele is always wondering where the boundaries for art are and on which side she wants to stand. She does not want to lead a revolution, but simultaneously does not find satisfaction in standing on the sideline. She strives to have an impact without preaching dogmas or claiming the truth.

The strength of art lies in making propositions, showing possibilities and reflecting ruthlessly what is. Therefore Nele is investigating the mechanisms of institutionalized belief and power structures, and the opposition of active and passive roles within societies. Her work consists of different narrative forms, such as situations, text and video, aiming to learn more about the interdependencies between different actors within the existing power structures.

What can these oppositions and interdependencies teach us about the known forms of living together and what can emerge from interpreting and enacting them otherwise, embracing the unknown factors?


Education


2016 - 2018:

Master of Music at the ArtScience Interfaculty
Royal Conservatoire and Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (NL)

additional courses at Leiden University:
Introduction to Cognitive Psychology / Psychology of Religion / Fiction, Parody, and Play in New Religions

2009 - 2013:

Bachelor of Fine Arts
AKV St. Joost, Breda (NL)


Learning Programs


2019:
Creative Coding, workshop by Sabrina Verhage, iii, the Hague (NL)
Training for the Future, workshops curated by Jonas Staal and Florian Malzacher, Ruhrtriennale, Bochum (DE)
Spinoza: Passionate Action, Summerschool, West, The Hague (NL)
Brutal International Law, Workshop, organised by Legal Sightseeing - Renske Vos and Sofia Stolk, Former American Embassy, The Hague (NL)

2018:
Art & Politics, Course, BAK, Utrecht (NL)
The Cybernetic Advertising Agency, Summerschool, West, The Hague (NL)

2016:
Winterschool of Discontent, West, The Hague (NL)

2015:
Porsche Akademie - Marinus Boezem, one on one talk with Aernout Mik, SBKM/Vleeshal, Middelburg (NL)


Ongoing Projects


writing: exploratory essays

research: platform

sssttteeeaaammm: collective research & writing

curating: Matters of Being filmscreenings at iii


Interviews and Artist Talks


2020:
Platform | noun, often attributive – an investigation by Nele Brökelmann, interviewed by Jorieke Rottier, Witte Rook
[蒸 汽 船] Steamboat in the Making, navigating the turbulent world-seas., Nele Brökelmann, Katarina Petrović and June Yu in conversation with Hans Overvliet (ruimteCAESUUR) and Esther van Rosmalen (Witte Rook)


Solo Exhibitions


2020:
Platform | noun, often attributive, Witte Rook, Breda (NL)


Group Exhibitions


2021:
WINDOW ❤️ LAB, Trixie, The Hague (NL)

2020:
[蒸 汽 船] Steamboat, Trixie, The Hague (NL)
[蒸 汽 船] Steamboat, organised by Witte Rook, ruimteCAESUUR, Middelburg (NL)

2018:
City Trip #2, organised by Extrapool Nijmegen, De Fabriek, Eindhoven (NL)
Graduation Festival, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (NL)
Set., Grey Space in the Middle, The Hague (NL)

2017:
Approaching Serendipity, De Fabriek, Eindhoven (NL)

2016:
BYOB(eamer) - Young Art Crowd, screening The world's conjunction (2016), Van Abbe Musem, Eindhoven (NL)
Talk and Film, De Fabriek, Eindhoven (NL)
The War Party, Royal Museum of the Armed Forces and Military History, Brussels (BE)
Winterschool of Discontent - Public Presentation, West, The Hague (NL)

2015:
Housewarming Expositie - Jordy Koevoets, Balk 26, Breda (NL)
In het midden, TAC, Eindhoven (NL)
"Wir sind unschuldig!", Gedenkstätte KZ-Auβenlager Braunschweig Schillstraβe, Braunschweig (DE)

2014:
WHAT ARE THE REASONS FOR WAR., Incubate Festival, Tilburg (NL)

2013:
No more heroes, Mauritssingel 4, Breda (NL)
good morning good morning, Kunstpodium T, Tilburg (NL)
New Order, Pictura, Dordrecht (NL)
Examententoonstelling Beeldende Kunst, AKV St. Joost, Breda (NL)
SNACK - Apprentice/Master exhibition #12: Chantal Rens, Kunstpodium T, Tilburg (NL)
I'll just keep trying different combo's of film and lenses 'till I find one that works in this dust., De Fabriek, Eindhoven (NL)

2012:
Open Atelier, Ginneken Kunstroute, Breda (NL)
Welvaartsvet, Electron, Breda (NL)


Residencies


2020:
Can a platform encourage us to wander through the non-linear layers of the world?, research residency, made possible with kind support of Stroom Den Haag in the form of research subsidy, Witte Rook, Breda (NL)

2018:
City Trip #2, organised by Extrapool Nijmegen, De Fabriek, Eindhoven (NL)

2017:
Klein Plein, Summer Residency on Experimental Theatre, Time Window, Rotterdam (NL)
Approaching Serendipity, De Fabriek, Eindhoven (NL)

2015:
In het midden, TAC, Eindhoven (NL)

2014:
WHAT ARE THE REASONS FOR WAR., Incubate Festival, Tilburg (NL)

2013:
No more heroes, Mauritssingel 4, Breda (NL)
I'll just keep trying different combo's of film and lenses 'till I find one that works in this dust., De Fabriek, Eindhoven (NL)


Curating and Organising


2020 - today:
Matters of Being, is a screening series that presents documentary films about artists, thinkers, scientists, and experimental films by artists and independent filmmakers. Matters of Being allows our minds to wander and stumble upon new associations in the illuminating darkness of the cinema setting, iii, the Hague (NL)

2018:
The Act of Reading, gathering to read one novel for an extensive period of time to explore the act of reading itself with concluding discussion, participant and organiser along with Joost Dekker & Gijs van Maanen, Time Window, Rotterdam (NL)

2016 - 2017:
KEVIN, a series of film screenings and discussions, organiser and initiator with Victoria Douka-Doukopoulou/Leandros Ntolas/Florian Zeeh, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (NL)

2014 - 2016:
In het midden, Residency, Exhibition and Public Discussions with external professionals


Publications:


2020:
Hallways: Imaginary passages, essay and drawings, commisioned by Legal Sightseeing published as part of a special issue on Brutal International Law in the online journal New Perspectives

2019:
Marcel Breuer - Een monument voor veranderende tijden, text, commissioned and published by West, The Hague (NL)

2018:
City Trip #2 Booklet, four images by the four participants printed in riso, commissioned and published by Extrapool, Nijmegen (NL)

2016:
Porsche Akademie - Marinus Boezem, interviewed for and mentioned in the text by Julia Mullié about the experiences of the different artists who talked with Aernout Mik and usage of my photo work Es ist wie es ist. (2013) as illustration, SBKM/Vleeshal, Middelburg (NL)

2015:
Leadership - An introduction to becoming a leader, self-published, edition of 150


Member of


2019 onwards: Trixie
2017 onwards: Stroom Den Haag
2015 onwards: Witte Rook