Thomas Bakker earned his Bachelor’s degree from AKV|St.Joost in Breda and his MFA in 2002 from the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam, where he majored in sculpture and new media. His temporary installations consist of pictures, projected slides, video and 16mm film fragments. He combines these images with everyday objects and their surroundings. Strongly influenced by cinema and architecture, his site-specific installations show the spectator a constant research into narrative and space. He uses the exhibition space as a studio, but the result is always presented in a clear and formal way — as if he has cleansed the space, allowing it to show itself and his work.
Bakker’s work has been shown at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam; Centraal Museum, Utrecht; LOOP Video Art, Barcelona (Spain); Neue Galerie, München (Germany); and at several art initiatives in and outside of the Netherlands. He established the artist initiative Club Solo in Breda in 2014.
It is a privilege to work together with young and talented international artists. To exchange artistic ideas and experiences and at the same time focus on highly individual research — and to reflect on this individual research within the group as well as the broader contemporary art context — is complex and challenging. The shared studio space leads to an open environment, which makes it possible to see these individual processes take shape in a way that you simply cannot predict. It’s dynamic, stimulating and always new.