Manon de Boer

Manon de Boer and Tate St Ives curator Laura Smith in Cornwall, 2016

Image: © CAST (Cornubian Arts and Science Trust)

Manon de Boer’s best known films include a series of portraits that consider the interplay between image and sound. In recent work she been interested in the process of learning and transmission, and in moments of open-ended time in which ‘doing nothing’ can transform into play – and play into creation.

A Dutch artist living in Brussels, Manon de Boer was educated at the Akademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, Rotterdam and at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. Her work has been exhibited internationally, at the Venice Biennale (2007), Berlin Biennale (2008), the São Paulo Bienal (2010) and Documenta 13 (2012) and has also been included in numerous film festivals in Hong Kong, Marseille, Rotterdam and Vienna. She teaches at Ecole de Recherche Graphique.

Manon de Boer first visited Cornwall in October 2016 to attend the Open Chamber Music Seminar held each autumn as part of the International Musicians Seminar (IMS) at Prussia Cove. She returned in April 2017 to make recordings at the IMS Master Classes.  With these recordings as a starting point, she is developing a new film for Groundwork. Manon de Boer is working with the Brussels-based production and distribution platform Auguste Orts and with Laura Smith, Exhibitions and Displays Curator at Tate St Ives, to realise the commission.

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