It is the third time that multidisciplinary artist Irma de Vries participates in the Amsterdam Light Festival, which is quite exceptional. Last year she was represented with the project The Gatekeepers. Her new, spectacular video mapping project is called Canal House. She herself characterizes this work as ‘a large, 18 meters high painting, which at nightfall comes alive throught light projection.’ A living painting, consisting of symbols from Europe’s history. ‘In my work I examine Europe’s identity by coupling elements and events from history to current or future events. Not only does our individual identity become visible that way, but I hope it will also enable us to visualize our cultural identity.’ According to the artist a new outlook on Europe is sorely needed. ‘I think it is very important to really put the spotlight on our mutual and personal identities.’ Canal House is a work to get engrossed in and be amazed by.
Irma de Vries
Irma de Vries is interested in the different aspects of light and shadow within the technical realm. Light and shadow alter the way we see things around us, and can even make an ordinary object appear completely different; this is something De Vries experiments within her work. The central theme of her work is identity. The Dutch artist has exhibited her work in Amsterdam as well as in New York and Milan.