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Jildau Nijboer (1994) (NL)
Based in Groningen.

2020 – 2022 |  FMI Frank Mohr Institute, Groningen (NL) | MFA, Painting, Cum Laude

2013 – 2018 | Academie Minerva, Groningen (NL)

november 2024   site-specific project, Museum Drachten  
march 2025   Museum Singer Laren
tba 2025
   Galerie Block C

2024 | George Verberg Stipend solo exhibition, Groningen
2023 | Arti et Amicitae, Amsterdam
2023 | Oerol, Terschelling
2023 | When Joy Prevails, Galerie Helder, Den Haag
2023 | Salon WEP, WEP projectspace, Groningen
2023 | FRAMEWORK @tschumi | Tschumipaviljoen, Groningen, artwork in public space, commission by Kunstpunt Groningen
2022 | Galerie ALTABOSCA, Gorredijk
2022 | SBK Sprouts Young Talents 2022, Loods 6 KNSM, Amsterdam
2022 | Selected Graduates, Galerie Pictura, Groningen
2022 | Graduation Show FMI Frank Mohr Institute, Groningen
2022 | RE:PRESENT, NP3 Re:Search:Gallery, Groningen
2022 | CONTOUR, galerie with tsjalling: , Groningen
2021 | Even goede vrienden, Museum Drachten, Drachten
2021 | LUNA Media Art Festival 2021, Leeuwarden, commission by Media Art Friesland
2021 | IJL, Galerie Noord, Groningen
2021 | ArtAway | artfair, Groningen
2020 | Artist’s Call, Museum Belvédère, Heerenveen
2020 | presentation and residency | Artist in Space Noordenaars, @OBE, MAF, Leeuwarden
2020 | Afslag BLV, Museum Belvédère, Heerenveen
2019 | Young Talent ArtNoord, Museum Belvédère, Heerenveen
2019 | Aanwas V, Galerie Noord, Groningen
2018| IJzingwekkend, Kunsthal 45, Den Helder
2018 | Winter Art Show, SBK KNSM, Amsterdam
2018 | SBK Sprouts Young Talents 2018, Loods 6 KNSM, Amsterdam
2018 | Jong Talent 2018, Artphy, Onstwedde
2018 | Nieuwe Oogst, Afslag BLV – Museum Belvédère, Heerenveen
2018 | Headliners, Graduation Show, de Oude Suikerfabriek, Groningen
2018 | One-day-artist-in-residence, at Drents Museum, Assen
2018 | Tiny Art Exhibition, LivingGallery, Groningen
2016 | De vierde verdieping, Groningen

2023 | George Verberg Stipend 2023
2019 | Jong Talent ArtNoord, Jury Prijs, Museum Belvédère
2019 |  Walk of Fame, Hanzehogeschool Groningen
2018 | De kunst van het ontwerpen, Publieksprijs, LKC

2023  Architecture research, august-november 2023, Sleeping Districts, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia
2023 Artist in Residence, Akee Space for Culture, Aleknaiciai, Lithuania
2023  Architecture research, april-may 2023, Japan
2020  Artist in Residence, OBE, Artist in Space traject, Noordenaars, Leeuwarden, Netherlands
2018  Artist in Residence, Drents Museum, Assen, Netherlands

2020-2024  Guest speaker, o.a. at Academie Minerva, Frank Mohr Institute, Noordenaars
2023-2024  Participant Talent Program Art in Public Space, Kunstpunt Groningen
2022-2023  Guest teacher, Minerva Art Academy, Groningen
2022  Guest teacher JAM, Minerva Art Academy, Groningen
2019 Internship with prof. A.S. Lehmann, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, faculty Art History, Groningen



Text by Elisabetta Cuccaro, art critic, writer and curator based in Milan

Nijboer’s work builds upon the nature of passage and exchange, addressing that which lies between things and the energy passing through. Specifically, what becomes central is the relational aspect of perception – less the interplay of forms and more the movement that surrounds them. Her work shows what happens between and within elements, and the dialogue established has an openness – multiperspectivism- that invites free interpretations. Forms hint at the possible event behind them. In Nijboer’s practice, encounters – with things or people- are materials, and yet, materials also provide an occasion for these new encounters to happen. This twofold relation carries the type of ambiguity the artist is interested in: a switch, at once responsive and ductile, distinctive and undefined. 

Nijboer’s game of forms and materiality engenders an unspoken reflection on the perceptual aspects of representation. Surfaces appear as a theatre for conversations between mirrors, or better between reflections, in all of the term’s semantic ambiguity. Thoughts and illusions merge, giving rise to a recursive play that seems never-ending. Still, the materiality involved in the process anchors the experience of both creation and reception; it offers a stable frame, something vital for not losing touch with reality. Inherently, any possible notion or perspective can only be named from the nameless existence of things. 





 © 2019 Jildau Nijboer