Curator YASMINE OSTENDORF (MA) has been undertaking research across Asia and Europe on artists proposing alternative ways of living and working – ways that ultimately shape more balanced, sustainable and resilient societies. She has extensively worked on international cultural mobility programmes and on the topic of art and environment, having worked for expert organisations such as Julie’s Bicycle (UK), Cape Farewell (UK) and Trans Artists (NL). She runs the Green Art Lab Alliance, a network of 35 cultural organisations in Europe and Asia that explores, questions, and addresses our social and environmental responsibility, and she is the author of the connecting series of guides: “Creative Responses to Sustainability,” published by the Asia-Europe Foundation. These guides include mappings of art organisations working with environmental issues in Taiwan, South Korea, Indonesia, Singapore and Berlin (published with the Ecologic Institute).
Since March 2017 she is the Head of the Jac. P. Thijsse Lab for Nature Research at the Van Eyck Academy (NL). The Lab (including a greenhouse and garden) is an adaptive centre of expertise for developments in the landscape, ecology and sustainability and enables artists from around the world to explore in depth, through their (art) work, their relation to nature. It gives them an opportunity to do active research (literally, to get their hands dirty) and build bridges between art and other disciplines (from agriculture to biology) as well as bridges between humankind and nature.
Recent exhibitions include: Non-Human Narratives, stories of bacteria, fungi and viruses, Van Eyck academy, Netherlands (2017) and The Big Invisible, Kunst Haus Wien, Austria (2017).