photo by Jet Nijkamp

“Men in the plural, that is, men in so far as they live and move and act in this world, can experience meaningfulness only because they can talk with and make sense to each other and to themselves.”

Arendt, H. (1958). The Human Condition (2e) Chicago & London : The University of Chicago Press, p. 4

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My drawings and performances are actions and interventions in different cultural environments to create social dialogue between the individual, the communal and the surroundings. In my drawings and performance I investigate the relationship between drawing, body and environment. I create a moment for connection, in which I focus on personal contact, attentive presence and physical, sensitive involvement of myself and the audience. With a subtle pencil line, a gesture or look, I invite the audience to react. This creates dialogues, not only with other people, but also with the environment.

Liesje van den Berk studied at the HKU, Utrecht school of arts(2000-2004). After her studie she deepened her knowledge about drawing and performance art through various master classes at renowned institutes: Drawing center Diepenheim and Performance Art study PAS in Berlin. She regularly works on location as artist-in-residencies in the Netherlands and abroad: such as Draw International in Caylus(FR), Nordiska Akvarellmuseet in Skärhamn(SE) and Cill Rialaig Project in Ballinskelligs (IR). She showed her work in exhibitions and performances at in- and outside the Netherlands : DRAWinternational Galerie(Caylus, FR), Drawing Center Diepenheim (Diepenheim), gallery Getekend (Heerenveen), Cacaofabriek (Helmond), Kunstliefde (Utrecht), Nieuw Dakota (Amsterdam), Junta #2 (Teresina, BR ), Oerol (Terschelling), SEAPA BU World Symposium (Bangkok, TH), Over ‘t IJ festival (Amsterdam). She lives and works in Amsterdam.