Guido van der Werve

(NLD)

Guido van der Werve is a Dutch filmmaker and visual artist, notable for producing works physically testing his endurance.

Van der Werve was raised playing classical piano, but changed to visual arts later in life. He studied Audio Visual Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and was a resident at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in 2006 & 2007.

He was also part of the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York, 2008, and resident at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, in 2011. Van der Werve initially started out as a performance artist, but unwilling to perform live and more than once, he began to document his performances.

Developing this practice, he quickly got interested in film and cinematography, where he found a similar emotional directness as in music, which he was missing in visual arts. The key element of his works is still performance, but he added music, text, sport and atmospheric scenes as returning elements. His works are characterized by long meditative shots and a refusal to work with actors.

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