Esther Kokmeijer – Solid, Liquid, Vapour
– 16 September 2018
Esther Kokmeijer, currently based in Rotterdam, works internationally as a multidisciplinary artist in photography, design, and research. The focus of her work is on the relationship between man and nature, which she repeatedly re-explores from different perspectives on her numerous trips abroad.
“Solid, Liquid, Vapour” is her first solo exhibition dedicated to water. Whether in cloud form (vapour), as ice (solid) or liquid – Kokmeijer is impressed by water’s diversity and the possibilities it offers. The artist sees the planet as a closed system in which interventions and changes at one point can trigger positive or negative effects at another. In her work she plays with the fine line between possibility and damage, between the quick advantage for some and the long-term disadvantage for others. In her projects, she confronts the phenomenon of weather manipulated by human hands, which is spreading worldwide, such as an igloo built from air conditioning systems, and thus critically reflects human influence on natural processes.
She also looks at her commitment to Antarctica, which she has been exploring with a research team for many years, in a variety of ways. The pollution of the seas there is more than alarming and although all travellers are forbidden by law to leave a trace of their visit or even to take polar ice with them, Kokmeijer found enough glass washed up by the sea to create an entire project. As a result, she tries to represent the paradox of wanting to protect a certain part of the world from global ecological changes. She is also particularly interested in the Marshall Islands, where people are revisiting the traditions of their ancestors and reflecting on an early way of sustainable living, the essence of which is to consciously feel nature and listen to it. She displays her impression of this way of life in the exhibition in the form of an experimental project.