Since 2012, I have been refining my approach and position in contemporary art, which has been developed in The Netherlands and influenced by my Western Australian upbringing. My approach to my projects is 1) often outside the exhibitions space, 2) multi-disciplinary, with 3) long-term research and development phases. In my curatorial practice, I am committed to engender moments and spaces where intergenerational audiences can come together with art, the various ways such encounters come about, and how temporary communities arise from such a meeting. To clarify, I am defining community as the entanglement of voices that constitute ever-changing spaces of gathering and momentary encounter. I approach the concept of community as one that momentarily emerges within an exhibition context (for example) is continuously fluctuating and redefining itself. The community that I describe may emerge as the assembly of beings, things, and ideas within the artwork, the exhibition, the talk, the walk, the dinner, the excursion, or online and out of sight among others. This has led me to develop a curatorial voice that intertwines the group exhibition format with a strong emphasis on event-based programming and working within diverse organisational contexts from the Biennale to glasshouse, from the observatory to artist-run space.
A common thread in my practice is to deliberately engage in hospitality and reconcile the responsibility of putting exhibitions, texts, talks, events into the world. This is because I am dedicated to exploring and promoting the value and power of art and exhibition to encourage social, political, or cultural change while understanding that change requires time and trust, neither which is given away freely or easily. My work tries to step out of static forms of presentation and to encourage a movement over time and space. The exhibition can be one that moves from place to place or expands over an extended period. This means my work often unfolds gradually over time and tries to move to different locations to explore themes of community, care, companionship. Furthermore, I look to collaborate with other disciplines that offer alternatives views and ways of being in the world to provide an alternative to exhibition-making. Disciplines include psychologists, meditation teachers, composers, poets, translators, architects, academics, and philosophers to name a few. In this way together, within the exhibition and programme, knowledge and experience is exchanged to unpack a possible shared cross-cultural ethic while celebrating difference.
As a curator, I see my role as one that makes room for ideas, voices, and bodies that previously have been left out of the center. I understand the exhibition and program, not to broaden the parameters, but instead decentre it entirely. I am pushed to continually question my work practices through these themes and artistic practices that I engage in as well as my own private life. It can be misunderstood that my curatorial position is idealistic, yet I see it as a passionate engagement with exhibition-making and programming and its ability to bring about an emotional, intellectual, and corporeal connection with art.
On view now: Lexicon of Infinite Movement, co-curated by Eloise and Suzanne Wallinga with artworks by Charlotte Posenenske, Ruth Buchanan and Yeb Wiersma at Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, The Netherlands. Opening 18 May 2019.
Forthcoming: Higher! Higher! Lower, Lower. Louder! Louder! Softer, Softer co-curated by Eloise and Jason Hendrik Hansma with works by Shanta Rao, Liu Chao-tze, & Gwenneth Boelens at Shimmer, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Forthcoming: Strangers and Those We Hold Dear, curated by Eloise with artworks by Charlotte Posenenske, Katie West, Malin Arnell and Miyeon Lee at MADA Gallery, Melbourne, Australia. Opening 4 October 2019.
Forthcoming: Everybody Knows, Everybody Knows, written by Eloise, edited by Huib Hayes van der Werf and Rosa Velde, Sandberg Insitute Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Release date to be announced.
Recent projects and collaborations are with A Tale of A Tub, Rotterdam; Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Turning A Blind Eye, São Paulo Biennial; De Appel, Amsterdam; and Political Arts Initiative. She is theory lecturer at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam and was a researcher at the Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht. She has a Master of Fine Art, School of Missing Studies, Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam and a Master of Art in Arts Management, University of the Arts Utrecht and Open Universities London.
With artist Jason Hendrik Hansma, Eloise is co-founder co-director of Shimmer, an exhibition, events and online platform in the Port of Rotterdam.