Artist Vera Mennens (b. 1991),  co-founder of at7 project space, lives and works in Rotterdam. Throughout her practice Vera Mennens’s main research is on the question how you can research history and historiography as an artist. She works in a wide range of media including video, text, photography, audio, installation and textile.

While unraveling the past and present, she questions how the archive helps to construct and preserve our collective and personal memory and what the future of that archive can be. Her network of research comes together in constellations of overlapping images taken from public and personal archives, accompanied and brought together by a narrative. Her works provide a site of relations across time and place that invites to take a position between the collective and personal, fact and fiction, and past and present in order to determine new perspectives and methods on the research on histories of western Europe. Vera completed her Bachelor in Photography at AKV/St. Joost, Breda, in 2013 and her Masters Artistic Research at The Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, in 2017.

contact: Instagram
Art office/CBK Rotterdam
KvK:  5956145

2021-2023. Dual Master Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image, UvA, Amsterdam
2015-2017. Master Artistic Research, The Royal Academy of Art, The Hague      
2016. Research course Art and Politics, The Royal Academy of Arts & BAK, Utrecht
2012. Minor Art and Politics, AKV/St. Joost, Den Bosch
2009-2013. BA Photography, AKV/St.Joost, Breda

Grants/ nominations
2021. Stichting Droom en Daad Makersloket subsidie
2021. Presentation, production and research grant (PPR), CBK Rotterdam
2021. Stimuleringsfonds for the project What do landscapes say, Phase III
2020. Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds - Cultuurmakersfonds for project space at7
2019.  Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds - Josine de Bruyn Kops Fonds
2019. Stimuleringsfonds for the project What do landscapes say
2018/2019. Mondriaan Fonds Werkbijdrage Jong Talent
2017. Nomination master department award, KABK, The Hague

Residencies/ working periods/ collaborations
2017- now. co-founder, at7 project space, Amsterdam / Rotterdam
2019-2022. What do landscapes say, collaborating artist, Open Call Russia - Stimuleringsfonds, Russia/NL
2019. work collaboration with Naturalis, Leiden
2019. work collaboration with the Natural History Museum, Rotterdam
2018. work collaboration with the Heimans & Thijsse archive, Artis Zoo, Amsterdam
2017. residency for The events between the events project, Goethe/ Schiller archive, Weimar, Germany
2016. residency, Hospitalfield, Arbroath, UK
2016. residency for A monument for an almost country, Esperanto museum, Vienna, Austria

Selected events/projects
2022. The Three Stages, Shifting Dunes, Nida, Lithuania/The Netherlands
2021. Of Womxn and Other Weeds, reading performance for publication event Liza Prins & Layla Durrani, instagram live (28.03.21)
2021. What Do Landscapes Say, Seminar, co-hosted by March Institute (RU) and Stimuleringsfonds (NL)
2020. The Three Stages, What do landscapes say, group show initiated by Yue Mao, Na Peschanoy gallery, Moscow, Russia
2020. The Three Stages, for group show What do landscapes say, initiated by Yue Mao, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam
2020. Lecture series, Shifting Dunes for What to landscapes say, het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam
2020. The Three Stages, duoshow and research project with Naomi van Dijck, Glasgow, UK
2020. Artistic Research in Film, lecture/screening, curated by Julia Sokolnicka, Centrum Sztuki Wspólczesnej Lażnia, Gdańsk, Poland
2020. The Three Stages, group show, with The Meeting, Between Mountains and Sea & Zur Geologie des Gerolsteiner Landes, Art Rotterdam, Prospects & Concepts, Van Nelle Fabriek, Rotterdam
2020. Screening of The Three Stages The Meeting, project space Susan Bites, Den Haag
2019. ‘Die Entwicklungsgeschichte der Erde’, Room for Space, group show with Annabelle binnerts, Benjamin Li, Floor Dekkers & Lisa Smithson, initiated by Annosh Urbanke, de Vensterbank, Leiden
2019. Presentation and talk about What do Landschapes Say, the British school of Art, Moscow, Russia
2019. Screening of The Meeting, Anomia #2 - initiated by Bergur Thomas Anderson and Gunnar Gunnarson, Worm, Rotterdam
2019. “an answer to that a question is beyond the scope of this account” with The Three Stages, duo show with Naomi van Dijck, at7, Amsterdam
2019.  Screening  of Mount Saint Peter, Switch film festival initiated by Mylan Hoezen, Roodkapje, Rotterdam
2019. Mount Saint Peter, presentation and screening, ARC, initiated by Paul Craenen, C.M. Roos & Leiden University, Korzo, The Hague
2019. The events between the events, presentation, screening (with Eef Veldkamp, Meg Forsyth) Heden/ Verleden initiated by Youri Appelo, VHDG, Leeuwarden
2018. The Three Stages, Mount Saint Peter, video installation, group show, at7, Amsterdam
2018. Contrapunctus XIV, solo show, initiated by Arthur Cordier & Valentino Russo, the Balcony, The Hague
2017. The events between the events, group show, The Royal Academy of Art, Den Haag
2017. The Ongoing Conversation #4, The events between the events, part I. Master artistic research, group show, 1646, The Hague
2016. Kvarstonoj, a monument for an almost country, group show curated by Alessandra Troncone and Laura Amann, Locatie Z, The Hague
2016. Publieks begeleiding, lecture, SAR/JAR conference, The Hague
2016. Momument for an almost country, group show, Gallery space, The Royal Academy of Art, The Hague
2016. Monument for an almost country, group show, initiated & curated by Youri Appelo, Conflicting Identities (with Adrian Melis, Bas Overbeek, In Limbo Embassy, Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan), Expoplu, Nijmegen, NL
2015. Art Deli meets Unseen, A city called Heerlen, curated by Liza Nijhuis, Amsterdam
2015. Online exhibition, Room 2; a trip to Aachen, to Nijmegen (..) brought back to 4 images and 150 cm of digital scrolling, Submarine Jungle, Haarlem
2013. A Sight for Sore Eyes, group show, Breda
2013. De vertelling van een kleine geschiedenis, group show, AKV St. Joost, Breda
2013.Kijk mijn familie fotoweek, De vertelling van een kleine geschiedenis, group show and lecture, Amsterdam
2012. De vertelling van een kleine geschiedenis, workshop and lecture, Breda photo, Breda
2012.Internship Ringel Goslinga Amsterdam
2012. Internship Petra Stavast, Amsterdam
2012. Internship Liza de Rijk, Amsterdam

Publications/ reviews
2020.Tijdschrift Kunstlicht, (Mis)interpreting maps, Issue 2/3_Ellipis, Artist entry
2020.The Three Stages, Shifting Dunes, handout (edition of 300)
2020.In Contact for Hapticity Collective, The Hague
2020. Writing for In contact for Notes on Hapticity 
2020. Review in MetropolisM Review Prospects & Concepts 2020 by Marsha Bruinen2019.
2019. an answer to that a question is beyond the scope of this account, with Naomi van Dijck, handout
2017. The events between the events, Master Artistic Research, Thesis
2017. RELAY. Master Artistic Research graduation publication, paper
2016. Review in Mister Motley, Conflicting Identities by Sanne de Vries
2015. Publication (a city called) Heerlen project in collaboration with HeerlenVertelt and the city council Heerlen, photo book
2015. spread of photo’s from de vertelling van een kleine geschiedenis, Platform/Platvorm issue 1
2013. Publication of de vertelling van een kleine geschiedenis project, photo book

all image, text, and video © Vera Mennens 2020