Born in the Netherlands, based in Amsterdam


    May Heek
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    2013-2015 MFA Fine Art Media       
    Slade School of Art, University College London
    2007-2008 Photo Global, Critical Certificate Program      
    School of Visual Arts, New York 
    2003-2007 Bachelor of Fine Art
    ArtEZ, Academy of Art and Design, Arnhem


    The Feminist Bookshop Essay Film | 2023
    Visual research and exhibition @Stadsarchief Zutphen, NL - 4, 11, 18 March 2023
    A project based on the life of Johanna Magdalena Catharina Judith van Dorth (1947-1799) and Bookshop De Leur & van Pel Zupthen (1985-1995).  
    Erasmus University Rotterdam | 2022
    Lecture Visual Analysis i.c.w. Sire Driessen
    ArtEZ University of the Arts - DBKV Arnhem 
    Lecturer Fine Art | Sep 2017 - present
    AFK - Amsterdam Fund for the Arts
    Advisor | Feb 2017 - present


    As part of a daily process I expose myself to changing perspectives, reflectiveness and abstractions as possible tools to question and widen the meaning of existing knowledge. I utilize print, video and light in installations to explore surface qualities, sensory experiences and indirect ways of perceiving images. How do we look at image sources and the constantly changing conditions of the medium? How do we define the edge of knowing and un-knowing? By scrutinizing the purpose of representation, I approach new ways of seeing and disassociations with pre-existing connotations, that could potentially become systems for (non)physical communication and reflexivity.

    In ‘Still Gold Rushing’
, a livestream of a physical line
 of screenprints and samples of seemingly valuable looking materials. A sliding camera-dolly presents the relationship between the recorded image, the camera device and the projected image. This loop creates an intuitive interaction between the reflective input materials and the projection, which exposes the position of the viewer and the social implications of the camera itself. The framing and changing perspectives within the set-up provide ideas around, value, embodies-perception, cybernetics, individualism and prejudices.  



    Copyright @ May Heek, 2019
    Photo: Virtue is Knowledge 2015: Mariana Bisti

    Special thanks to:  The Amsterdam Fund for the Arts / Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds / Hendrik Muller Fonds / Fundatie van Renswoude  / V2 Lab for Unstable Media Rotterdam