Emily Kocken (kunstenaar/schrijver) onderzoekt het intersubjectieve met multidisciplinaire performatieve installaties. Haar methode bevat conceptuele en situationistische elementen, roept toeval op in minutieus ontworpen zones via een eclectisch systeem geworteld in mystieke heidense tradities.

White Dress

Born in 1963 in New York, she moved with her family to the Netherlands at the age of seven. She received a rich training in the academic field, studying music, philosophy, theatre, film and writing. For more than a decade she taught music, theatre and film at different high schools. After a car accident in 2000 she quit her teaching job and dedicated herself solely to her art practice, developing her work via interdisciplinary collaborations and solo projects, supported by several Dutch foundations for the arts.

By measuring residues of energy deriving from personal histories and particular places, she creates visual and emotional narratives that serve as new sources, blurring the fine lines of (non)fiction. She often involves communities—peer groups—in the process.

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Foto: Wilma Rekkers

Recent projects and works:

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Foto © copyright: Koos Breukel

Since 2010 she is represented by C&H art space in Amsterdam. She made her debut in 2013 with the novel Witte vlag for Querido Publishers in Amsterdam.