Eloise Sweetman is a Western Australian curator, writer, and artist based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Currently, she is focusing on the enactment of ‘making room' in artistic and curatorial practice. ‘To make room' comes from Australian ecofeminist Val Plumwood via anthropologist Deborah Bird Rose, who says:
“The quest for poetic forms of writing articulates her [Val Plumwood] understanding that inside a world of dynamic inter-action, knowledge arises through participation; to “make room” for others, one needs to do more than represent. Somehow, one needs to vivify, to leap across imaginative realms, to connect, to empathize, to be addressed and to be brought into gratitude. (Deborah Bird Rose, ‘Val Plumwood’s Philosophical Animism: attentive interactions in the sentient world’ in Environmental Humanities, vol. 3, 2013: 93–109.)
Eloise’s investigation is, looking at artworks' and exhibitions' ability to 'to make room', manifesting through archival, material & field research as well as artworks, exhibitions, and publications. At the moment, Eloise is working on a mobile social sculpture influenced by the work of German participatory minimalist Charlotte Posenenske, supported by CBK Rotterdam. This project asks what does the space for an ever-changing temporary community look like? Alongside this, Eloise has joined Gerrit Rietveld Academie and LAPS, Research Institute for Art and Public to research the intersections of 'intimacy,' ‘becoming,' and ‘public.' The project expands upon her ongoing project Roll on, Roll on Phenomena (until you are more) to ask what happens when we bring intimacy into the center of public life?
Rather than taking ‘making room’ as a theme for a project, she is exploring how intersectional co-responsibility is not bound to one institution or setting but instead enacted within and through a community and by her as an artist, curator, writer, and teacher. The community, in this case, is the entanglement of voices that constitute ever-changing spaces of gathering and momentary encounter. The manifestation of such communities is the assembly of people, things, and ideas within the exhibition, the talk, the walk, the dinner, the excursion (among others), and in life.
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. Her essay Roll on, Roll on, Phenomena (until you are no more) is in the book School of Missing Studies', edited by artists Bik van der Pol, recently published by Sandberg Series and Sternberg Press. In the start of 2018, with artist Jason Hendrik Hansma, Eloise will open Shimmer, an exhibition and talks space in Charlois Rotterdam.
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