Esiri Erheriene-Essi

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2009

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2007

Esiri Erheriene- Essi lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

"The John Baldessari’s quote: ‘Historical mispronounced sounds like hysterical’ can best describe the theme and concern of my paintings. With this as a basis, I am constantly attempting to disrupt the confidence and assumptions of a reader who is familiar with history, thus, confusing their sense of logical sequence. I do this by challenging, displacing, appropriating and, in some cases, playing with the order of both collective and intimate strands of history, memory, myths, and culture of the past and present. In my alternate universe, I pit the musical 1960s group ‘Diana Ross and the Supremes’ against a repeated backdrop of Baader Meinhof/RAF member Brigitte Mohnhaupt, even though there is no evidence to suggest a connection. I paint figures who were lynched in late 19th and early 20th century America and Europe, but on my canvases, they are liberated through the simple act of eradicating the instrument of the noose and the faces of their tormentors. I remove Warhol superstar Joe Dallesandro out of film sequences and place him in an edited solitary setting on canvas. I continuously hinder former president John F Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy moments before the shots in 1963 - so in my narrative time is frozen and the assassination never actually takes place.

This logic is based on reading encyclopedias and referential yearbooks and seeing the historical narrative transcribed and sequenced in chronological order. Meaning, situations, events and images of the past that have no other relation than the fact that they are historical references of the same time, are being connected and placed side by side. So in my painting universe RAF members were inspired by the music of the Supremes, and the Supremes number-one hit song ‘You keep me hangin’ on’ was triggered by atrocities committed by the RAF. I don't know for sure, but these 'almost connections' and new possibilities of readings of the past is what I'm concerned with and what intrigues me the most.

Above all I am fascinated by a continued investigation of mass media, pop cultural iconography, appropriation, and mythology, as well as repetition of imagery. I am obsessed by the gaps, the silences, the disturbances and the assault in the historical narrative. As I am curious about the infinite possibilities of new readings. Thus, history is imperative to my practice but I am taking these references and facts and rewriting things just a bit." Esiri Erheriene-Essi recently graduated from the prestigious post graduate residency De Ateliers in Amsterdam. In 2006 she finished a master in Fine Arts at the University of East London, after completing her bachelor in Media Studies at the same university. Her work was exhibited in several galleries in London and Amsterdam.

EDUCATION
2007-2009
(Post graduate residency) De Ateliers, Amsterdam, NL

2004-2006
MA (with merit) Fine Art, University of East London

2001-2004
BA (hons) Media Studies, University of East London

2000-2001
Foundation Diploma, Camberwell College of Arts, London, England

PUBLICATIONS
2014

'Don't Support the Greedy', Museum Arnhem
De Groene Amsterdammer, nr. 25, 2014
De Verdieping Trouw, Amsterdam, NL, 23/09/2014
NRC Handelsblad, 25 april 2014
Metropolis M, 02/09/2014 (online only)

2012 
Kunstbeeld #5, NL, 2012

2011 
Elephant Magazine #8 21/09/2011
De Volkskrant newspaper, NL 18/02/2011

2010 
Yes, NL
Blend, (issue 47 jan/feb 2010) NL

2009 
Offspring 2009, De Ateliers, NL
Koninklijke Prijs voor Vrije Schilderkunst, NL

2009-2010 
Kunstbeeld, (NR 12/1) NL

2007
Mute Vol 2 #6 - Living in a Bubble: Credit, debt and crisis, UK (Illustrator)
Dazed Digital

AWARDS & NOMINATIONS
2013
Mondriaan Fonds, (Investment project Artist), The Netherlands
Nordic Kunstnarsenter Dalsasen, Dale, Norway

2012
Nordic Kunstnarsenter Dalsasen, Dale, Norway
Work Budget, FONDS BKVB, Netherlands

2011
De Volkskrant Beeldende Kunst Prijs 2011, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, NL (Nomination)
Work Budget, FONDS BKVB, The Netherlands

2010
Starter Stipendium, FONDS BKVB, Netherlands

2009
Koninklijke Prijs voor Vrije Schilderkunst

2007–2009
De Ateliers, Amsterdam, NL

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2015
The Usual Suspects, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, NL

2014
Don't Support the Greedy, Museum Arnhem, NL

2011
PERFORMANCE, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, NL

2009
I Don't Like Nostalgia Unless it's Mine, Galerie Ron Mandos, Rotterdam, NL

2008
Test, De Ateliers, Amsterdam, NL

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2015
Museumnacht 2015, "Parallel Stories - The Whistleblower and the Dreamcatcher", Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam, NL
ROEMERS DRIELING, Centrum voor Beeldende Kunst, Amsterdam, NL
Art Amsterdam 2015, Booth Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, NL
'Levenslang', het criminele brein ontleed, Museum Het Dolhuys, Haarlem, NL
ZIJ WAS EENS... , TETEM Kunstruimte, Enschede, NL

2014
'Levenslang', het criminele brein ontleed, Museum Het DOlhuys, Haarlem, NL

2013
Open Studio, Nordisk Kunstnarsenter Dalsasen, Dale, Norway
Amsterdam Drawing 2013, Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam, NL
Open Studio, Mitt Mollan, Malmo, Sweden

2012
Open Studio, Nordisk Kunstnarsenter Dalsasen, Dale, Norway
Big Show 7, Silas Marder Gallery, Bridgehampton, NY, USA

2011
Acquisitions, Museum of Modern Kunst Arnhem, Arnhem, NL

2010
VOLTA6, Galerie Ron Mandos, Basel, CH
Acquisitions, Museum of Modern Kunst Arnhem, Arnhem, NL
Art Rotterdam, Galerie Ron Mandos, Rotterdam, NL

2009
De Ateliers 2009 Offspring, Amsterdam, NL
Koninklijke Paleis, Royal Awards for Painting, Amsterdam, NL

2008
De Ateliers, Test, Amsterdam, NL

2007
Art In Mind, The Brick Lane Gallery, London
Disposable Fetish, Bow Arts Trust, London

2006
Memory & the Stream of Time, APT Gallery, London
Final Exhibition, UEL MA Fine Art, London
UEL AVA Student Show, London

2005
Works On Paper, RK Burk Gallery, London
Wnd of Year Show, UEL AVA, London, UK

COLLECTIONS
Fries Museum, Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Museum of Modern Kunst Arnhem, Arnhem, NL
Drake Collection, Wassenaar, NL
Private collections in The UK, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Germany and Switzerland