POST is honored to present the first presentation of Puck Verkade’s work Plague in the Netherlands. Verkade’s artistic practice centers around moving images, installation and drawing. Delivered with humour and a distinct taste for the absurd, her videos and drawings tell stories from uncanny perspectives in which archetypal personas are reimagined to candidly expose the contradictions of human behaviour. Puck Verkade exhibited earlier at POST in the exhibition On the Line of the Equator in 2019.
Plague is a multimedia installation with at the core a one-channel video, that is surrounded by sculptures and paintings. The video is narrated by a frustrated housefly that fantasizes about human extermination. Trapped in a fever dream of domesticity, absurdist parallels between ecological and psychological breakdown unfold when Housefly meets Housewife.
A key interest of Verkade when working on Plague was the concept of Solastalgia. It is a sociological term coined by environmental philosopher Glenn Albrecht that describes a form of mental or existential distress caused by climate change and the changes it causes to our shared habitat. In Plague various scales of Solastalgia unfold; comparing the Earth, the domestic home and the personal psyche as interconnected habitats of suffering. By damaging the Earth we are damaging ourselves, and so along with the current urgent ecological breakdown, there is also a looming collective psychological breakdown. Usually the housefly is regarded as a domestic pest, an invasive species that plagues our homes. However, compared to the melodramatic housewife, here the housefly is very articulate. Verkade wanted to tell the story from the point of view of the housefly, as a messenger between the indoor and outdoor worlds, breaking up the confines of the housewife’s psyche.
Plague was co-commissioned by DordtYart / Mondriaan Fund and acquired by the Zabludowicz Collection and furthermore held by the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Servais Family Collection, EKARD collection, Blue Knowledge Art Collection. Puck Verkade is represented by gallery Dürst Britt & Mayhew from The Hague.
Puck Verkade (1987, NL)
Puck Verkade received her BFA from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and completed an MFA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths, London. Verkade currently lives and works in Berlin. Puck Verkade is represented by gallery Dürst Britt & Mayhew from The Hague.
Verkade’s artistic practice centers around moving image, installation and drawing. Delivered with humour and a distinct taste for the absurd, her videos and drawings tell stories from uncanny perspectives in which archetypal personas are reimagined to candidly expose the contradictions of human behaviour. Shifting between handcrafted stopmotion, low fi animation, green screen and direct to camera performance, her fast paced montages have the sensation of a moving collage; a dense juxtaposition of layered images and sounds composed into a cartoon reality in which anything is possible.
Her work has been shown at various international venues, such as the 16e Biennale de Lyon: Manifesto Of Fragility, Artissima Art Fair in Turin, Wroclaw Contemporary Museum in Poland, Kunstmuseum The Hague, LISTE Art Fair and Kunstmuseum Gegenwart in Basel. Upcoming exhibitions include the 8th Yokohama Triennial in Japan and the Biennial of The Possible Image in Belgium.
Verkade was selected as a 2017-2018 resident artist at Sarabande The Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation in London. In 2021 she received the prestigious Charlotte Koehler Prize from the Prins Bernhard Culture Fund in The Netherlands. Verkade’s work is held in private and public collections internationally such as Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin, Servais Family Collection in Brussels, EKARD Collection in Wassenaar, amongst others. Since 2018 Verkade has been invited to teach, lecture and host workshops at various BA and MA studies across Europe.