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Ted Oonk is a Dutch contemporary artist who lives and works in Belgium. She received a MFA in Photography from St.Joost Academy in Breda. She also holds a MA in Filmstudies and Visual Culture from the University of Antwerpen.
Her work was shown nationally and internationally. They have been exhibited a.o. at Texture Museum Kortrijk, ENTER Festival Brussels, Mostyn Museum Wales, The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Photoville New York, The National Art Studio Seoul and Photofestival Naarden. Works were also published in Der Greif Magazine, Humanize Magazine and on Self Publish Be Happy.
The work of Ted Oonk is mainly centered around the many ways we both mask and bring to light vulnerability, standards and norms in our visual culture. Her artistic practice probes in that regard for a specific sensitiveness concerning socio-cultural and normative representations of the stereotypical other, but also plays with notions of the human necessity to categorize and use standards. One question guides her work very much: If the act of looking is marked by (often one-sided) normative representations, how can photography and/or video provide for pluralistic or critical ways to look at visual material?
2019 | Production Grant, Wit.h Foundation + Guislain Museum Ghent, Belgium
2017 | Production Grant, Wit.h Foundation Kortrijk, Belgium
2013 | International Production Grant, Flemish Department of Culture
2010 | Production Grant, Foundation Vrije Vrouwe van Renswoude, The Hague
2014-2016 | Arena Art & Design Studios Liverpool UK
2013 | National Art Studio, residency program of the National Museum of Contemporary Art Seoul, South-Korea.
2019 | The Model, Out of Sight, Het Bos Antwerpen (BE)
2019 | this is not about you, Siilk Gallery Athens (GR)
2019 | this is not about you, Soloshow Fotogalerija Stolp Maribor (SLO)
2019 | vergeten foliumzuur te slikken, Guislain Museum, Ghent (BE)
2018 | CONTOUR, Kolder Art Space, Ghent (BE)
2018 | The Model, ENTER Festival, Brussels (BE)
2017 | The Model, '1000 Patterns, Musuem Texture Kortrijk (BE)
2017 | Sorting things out, 'Ongezien' Creative Port of Antwerpen (BE)
2017 | CONTOUR, Window Screen, Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool (UK)
2017 | CONTOUR, Kigoja Arts Space, Seoul (SK)
2016 | CLASS, Mostyn Llandudno, Wales (UK)
2016 | Sorting things out, The Gallery, Liverpool (UK)
2016 | Sorting things out, Threshold festival Liverpool (UK)
2015 | Bed, Horse & Book, Urban Video Screen, Tilburg (NL)
2015 | A baby of Land, Shelf Life, PS Mirabel, Manchester (UK)
2015 | this is not about you, screening, Head On Photofestival Sydney (AUS)
2015 | equal(s), Photobook Show, The Folio Club, Madrid (ESP)
2014 | A baby of Land, 3H Art Platform, Seoul (SK)
2014 | this is not about you, International Photo Festival Leiden (NL)
2014 | equal(s), Photobook Show, International Photo Festival Tarragona Spain (ESP)
2014 | this is not about you, Photoville, 'New Photographers', New York (USA)
2013 | the visible category, National Art Studio, Seoul (SK)
2013 | this is not about you, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (USA)
2013 | Sunnyland, screening, Lokaal01, Antwerpen (BE)
2013 | Swimming Pool, BRDG #14, BRDG platform, Antwerpen (BE)
2012 | this is not about you, Photo Summer Show, Lunch Box Gallery, Miami (USA)
2011 | this is not about you, Portraits of Dutch Photography, Photography
Festival Naarden (NL)
2011 | Swimming Pool, Primo Gallery, Lecce Italy (IT)
2010 | this not about you, Master show, Breda'S Museum (NL)
2008 | In My Backyard, Noorderlicht Gallery Groningen (NL)
COLLECTION | ARCHIVE
2015 Forvm Foundation for the Photography Tarragona 2013 Book Society Seoul
2013 The Library Project Dublin
2013 St.Lucas Library Brussel
2013 Indie Photobook Library Washington
2012 Private Collections Belgium & The Netherlands 2008 Hanze University Groningen
WORKED FOR (SELECTION)
Mostyn Wales, Open Eye Gallery Liverpool, Campo Gent, Kaywon University Seoul, Wit.h Foundation, Piazza del’Arte, Artesis Plantijn University, Down Syndrome Society Seoul, Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival, FIFTY ONE Gallery, GAGARIN Magazine, Royal University of Groningen, Codarts Dance Academy Rotterdam, Groninger Museum.