Verena Blok

Verena Blok has a deep interest for personal histories and narrative storytelling. Intrigued by the way cultural and political factors influence one’s life; she uses her lens-based practice to shed light on inner life and everyday “reality” in intimate settings. The encounter with the subject is the core of and the fuel for her work. As a Dutch-Polish dual citizen raised in The Netherlands and The United States, Blok maintains a keen awareness of her positioning between East and West. By coming close to her subjects and embedding herself for stretches of time, she uses these locations as a studio, a backdrop to the narratives that both her and her subjects become part of.

Verena Blok, Robota [installatie], 2018

Verena Blok, ‘Robota’, 2018, Installation view at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, 12:30 min, one channel video and sound installation, photo by Peter Tijhuis

Background Verena Blok (1990, NL) lives and works in The Hague and is currently a resident at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten 2020-2021 in Amsterdam. Her work has been exhibited at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam; Utrecht Central Station, and Galeria Fotografii PF, Poznań, Poland. Her video work Robota (2018) has been acquired by Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam for its permanent collection.

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Verena Blok
Robota (2018)

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Verena Blok, Robota [still 1], 2018 Verena Blok, Robota [still 4], 2018
Verena Blok
Robota (2018)

Installation view at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, 12:30 min, one channel video and sound installation

Photo by Peter Tijhuis

Verena Blok, Robota [installatie], 2018