My practice is research-based and multi-disciplinary including film, photography, sculpture and installation. My practice focuses on the points where culture intersects with other fields of enquiry. The works themselves can be seen as a form of speculative-fiction; partly based on facts and research but often brought into the realm of the imagination.
My work is concerned with residues of enlightenment ideology, manifestations of collective memory, blind spots of representation. My working method interweaves and investigates collective narratives in relation to the commons, broadly construed. For the past two decades I have realised projects on various types of knowledge production including social history museums, fields of scientific enquiry and forms of collective imagination.
Collaborations with other artists, thinkers and experts are an important part of my life and practice as an artist and have been a key motivation to co-found Enough Room for Space in 2005. I strongly believe that the critical challenges that at the core of On-Trade-Off can best be faced collectively and from a multitude of perspectives and artistic voices.
Marjolijn Dijkman (1978, NL) lives and works in Brussels (BE) & Saint-Mihiel (FR), graduated from the free media department at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam in 2001, the MFA Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam in 2003 and was a researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht in 2006 - 2007. Marjolijn has had solo shows at the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, US (2020); Munch Museum, Oslo, NO (2018); NOME, Berlin, DE (2018); Fig. 2 at ICA, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK (2015); West Space, Melbourne, AU (2015); IKON Gallery, Birmingham, UK (2011); The Berkeley Art Museum, Berkeley, US (2010); and international group shows such as Future Genealogies, 6th Lubumbashi Biennale, DRC (2019); Ecology - lost, found, continued, 4th Screen City Biennale, Stavanger, NO (2019); SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium and Engagement, 21st Biennale of Sydney, AU (2018); Why Not Ask Again?, 11th Shanghai Biennale, CN (2016); Screaming and Hearing, 7th Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, BR (2009) and 'Still life, Art, Ecology and the Politics of Change', 8th Sharjah Biennial, UAE (2007).