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Studio: Artcity (M6), NDSM-werf, Amsterdam
Ester Eva Damen is a visual artist and filmmaker. She studied art at the Rietveld academy in Amsterdam. As a director and scriptwriter she graduated at the Dutch Film & TV academy and pursued an MFA at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten. Presently she’s finishing a Master in Artistic Research at the University of Amsterdam. Since 2007 she is the artistic leader of a small foundation stimulating cross-over projects called ‘la Jetee’ after the experimental film classic by Chris Marker.
Ester Eva Damens work can be seen within the context of visual art. During the manifestation ‘The Eternal Body’ she realized an 8 mm film installation in Rome and Utrecht in collaboration with artist Anook Visser and philosopher Erik Hagoort. In 2010 the installation ‘A fire called home’ was made after a visit to the desert and a stay with the Bedouins. ‘Sketch for a city’, paper labyrinth with projections, is an ongoing collaboration with architect Joris Berger. A recent group show with an installation of her with material from Valencia took place June 2019 in gallery Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam.
Ester Eva Damen is also a freelance (film) writer. She has made a few shorts, including the 16 mm b&w film ‘Windhangen’ (1998). She wrote several drama scripts for director Ineke Houtman, realized and broadcast ‘Sahara’ (2007). She is presently working on a video project with three Frisian poets (Ruzje Wyn/ Wind Blow, 2019).
One of the threads in her work is the collaboration of film with dance and new music. She has regularly collaborated with choreographer Angela Kohnlein and composer Yannis Kyriakides. Their dance film ‘RHOmbos’ (2001) — with a live performance by the Asko ensemble — was shown in various locations around Holland, including the Groningen Museum, the Rotterdam International Film Festival, the Holland Festival and was broadcast by Dutch TV. She collaborated with the composer Christina Viola Oorebeek and percussionist Arnold Marinissen on the short ‘Edges’ (2008) shown in several museums. The piece was reworked for toy piano and shown in the Museum of the Moving Image in New York (2015). With choreographer Marta Reig Torres she made ‘To Santiago’ (2009). With dancer Suzan Tunca she worked on a film-installation shot in Istanbul, ‘the Body between Knowledge and Belief’ (2015). Recently she collaborated with the dancers Ilana Reynolds and Sabrina Huth on the project ‘You Are Here’ (HD, 15′, 2019).