Gijsbert van der Wilt


My current practice exists somewhere between spacial work, sculpture and performance. Within that framework a certain pattern has emerged, consisting of three elements: research, seclusion and physical work. There is no fixed order to these elements and they often overlap. Frequently the seclusion is the research itself, and vice versa. From a secluded position I question the world around me and attempt to make sense of it. What fascinates me most is the relativity of what we call reality. With my work I question and challenge the stories that people have come to believe in, and do this based on history and philosophy.

In his most recent book Homo Deus, the Israeli Historian Yuval Noah Harari points out a crucial human trait that has brought the human race to its current position in the development of human history, namely, the ability to create, and believe in, fiction. Humans are the only creatures on earth who are able to believe in fictive entities such as gods, money and nationalism. All of which only have value because we collectively accept them as truth. Moreover, Harari speaks of a web of meaning that is only valid for a certain amount of time and in a certain place. Over the course of history these stories change and make place for new ones. The relativity of all this is what drives me as a person and as an artist.