Puck Verkade


Puck Verkade
b. 1987, The Netherlands
Lives and works in London, UK
Studio Resident 2017 - 2018 at Sarabande: The Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation



represented in The Netherlands by
Dürst Britt & Mayhew ‚Äč

'Frame or be framed’ is a deep-rooted motif in Verkade’s current practice as an inquiry into the complexities of (mis)representation. How do these complexities inform gendered and racialised biases in everyday interpersonal encounters? How are they mediated and visualised in order to perpetuate social inequalities? Digging through generational layers of visual culture tropes has led Verkade to use humor and irony as an entry into the stickiness of subjectivity. By creating speculative constructions composed of re-appropriated found footage, sampled pop music, low res animations and personal recordings, she aims to interrogate the manipulative power structures inherent in using the lens as a medium.

Breeder (2017), a sculptural video installation is piercing the entire space, drawing from Verkade’s research into how social control informs the framing of our lives and the stories that instruct our bodies and construct our identities. The installation comprises a selection of recent work that resonates with thoughts and struggles concerning social, feminist and political issues.

Formerly predominantly screen based, Verkade’s recent body of work is unfolding into a diverse materiality of sorts and has made way for sculptural elements to support and situate her video works as part of space-intrusive installations. Privacy screen-like latex sculptures and blown-up word necklaces are dotted throughout the space, adding another layer to Verkade’s exploration of identity politics.

Puck Verkade (1987) received her BFA from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and recently completed an MFA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths, London. Her work has been shown at various venues, such as the Gemeentemuseum in Den Haag, Showroom MAMA in Rotterdam, Gasworks and SUNDAY in London, and LOOP in Barcelona. Work by Verkade is held in private and public collections, including the AKZO Nobel Art Foundation in Amsterdam. Puck Verkade lives and works in London, where she has been selected as a resident artist at Sarabande The Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation for 2017-2018.

As a visiting tutor she's frequently taught BA students on the Fine Arts course at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and was Moving Image tutor/lecturer at Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Tilburg, The Netherlands (2014 - 2015). Puck was invited to give artist talks and lectures on her practice at De Hallen & Nieuwe Vide in Haarlem, Mediamatic in Amsterdam, Gemeentemuseum The Hague. Parallel to her artistic practice Puck founded Wander, an artist-in-residence organization in The Hague that seeks to explore cross-disciplinary collaboration and stimulates artistic research. (2012-2014, www.go-wander.org)