We are all longing for a physical connection with the Other.

Melanie Maria (Haarlem, 1993)

performance artist, director/choreographer

‘The Other’ is an important ingredient in the works of Melanie Maria ever since she made productions at the Bachelor of Dance in Amsterdam. In her dance- and theatre productions she worked with the question of how she could get to an emotional meeting with the spectator, the passer-by and the performer itself. Melanie Maria continued this research at the Fine Art department in Arnhem through physical performance, human gestures and the use of public space.

“What do we share and how do we interfere?
How do we perceive and how aware are we of our surroundings?” 

Every work isn’t an answer on her research, but a search on itself where Melanie Maria places herself in the role of a director. Therefore she creates in the moment and what that moment, the performers, the material and/or the surroundings desire. 

Melanie Maria is graduated in July 2019 from Base for Experiment, Art and Research/Fine Art department and she lives and works in Arnhem, the Netherlands. 

Education
Apprentice Master – Kunstpodium T 

Kunstpodium T, Tilburg | 2019 – 2020 

Bachelor Degree – Base for Experiment, Art & Research

ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem | 2015 – 2019

Honours Programme

ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem | 2016

Bachelor – Dance Teacher

Amsterdam School of the Arts, Amsterdam | 2011 – 2014

Internships & Residencies
Researcher/Assistant

If I Can’t Dance, Amsterdam | 2019

Artist in residence

Fondazione Pistoletto Cittadellarte Biella, Italy | 2019

Performer

Revolving Door (by Allora & Calzadilla), Museum Arnhem, Arnhem | 2017

Performer

Genderless Project (by Alicia Framis), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam | 2017

Assistant

Alicia Framis, Studio Framis, Amsterdam | 2016

Other
Project Coordinator

Base for Experiment, Art & Research, Arnhem | 2020 – present

Interviewer & Curator

Rizoom, Arnhem | 2018 – present

PR Coordinator

Fourth Wall – BEAR Finals 2019, Arnhem | 2019

Coordinator

De Barmoeder – BEAR, Arnhem | 2018 – 2019

Coordinator

5 à 7 – BEAR, Arnhem | 2016 – 2019

Member

Examination Committee – BEAR, Arnhem | 2016 – 2018

Member

Student Council – BEAR, Arnhem | 2015 – 2016

Founder & Director

House For Art, Haarlem | 2014 – 2017

Dance Teacher/Choreographer/Director/Production Assistant

Various, The Netherlands | 2007 – present

Exhibitions

2021 – Solo exhibition, TAC, Eindhoven
Sept 3 till 27
– Season Highlights – Jan Naaijkens Prize Nominees, Kunstpodium T, Tilburg

2020 – Smart Distance Lab – The Art Fair, Kromhouthal, Amsterdam 
2020 – Apprentice Master Returns from the Web, TAC, Eindhoven
2020 – Scores for Being alone Being together,  Kunstpodium T, Tilburg
2020 – ΔΩΡΕΑΝ,  Galerie Sleedoorn, Zetten
2019 – Performance Marathon,  RUIS, Nijmegen
2019 – Kunst op de Koffie,  Spijkerkwartier, Arnhem
2019 – Art Rendez Vous,  KOP Breda, Breda
2019 – Nothing To Sell,  Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma, Rome (IT)
2019 – Best of Graduates 2019, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam
2019 – Fourth Wall – BEAR Finals 2019, ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem
2019 – Cittadellarte x ArtEZ Arnhem: Open Studio, Fondazione Pistoletto Cittadellarte, Biella (IT)
2018 – Melanie Maria x Elevated Art, Elevated Art, Arnhem (solo)
2018 – Wereldwijd de Heerlijkheid, Landgoed Hemmen, Hemmen
2018 – Inner / Outer ScapesCirca… dit, Arnhem
2017 – 24hrs, ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem

Publications & Rewards

2020 – Winner Jan Naaijkens Prize – Brabant Cultureel | link
2020 – Apprentice Master – Jan Naaijkens Prize Nominee link
2019 – De jongste generatie kunstenaars – Palet Magazine #402 link
2019 – Shortlist Best of Graduates 2019: Galerie Ron Mandos link 
2019 – VKC ART AWARD – Second price link 
2019 – Interview ArtEZ Finals 2019 link 
2019 – Review BEAR Finals 2019 – Lost Painters, Niek Hendrix link 
2019 – Review BEAR Finals 2019 – Metropolis M link 
2019 – Interview Cittadellarte Open Studio | link 
2019 – Cittadellarte & ArtEZ Arnhem Residency – Cittadellarte Journal link 
2017 – Re-reveal Hendrik Antoon Lorentz Monument Sonsbeek Arnhem – KNAW | link 
2017 – Re-reveal Hendrik Antoon Lorentz Monument Sonsbeek Arnhem – Arnhem Direct link 
2014 – Interview HRLM Magazine | link