Through her multidisciplinary practice – visual arts, writing and curatorial activities – Yeb Wiersma asks us how we can be and feel alive in this world: Who gets to flourish and why? What are the forces acting upon our tender and robust bodies, breathing in times of ecological loss, of unjust dispersion of value and wealth? And how will technology shape shift our sensorial and emotional connection to nature of which we are part? Will we have room for the lyrics of others, for doubt, dirt and flowering plants? Questions to be challenged by the artist and at the heart of her work. In doing so, she allows us to imagine a different bond between us and earth. One which is no longer broken, but thriving along disturbed edges.
More recent Yeb Wiersma established an ecocultural platform ‘Dear Land’ investigating, caring for and rewilding our relationship with the living land we inhabit. Dear Land is rooted in Arpino (Lazio, IT) and centers its activities towards the botanical and edible world through diverse forms of (marginalized) practices, collective (un)learning, field research and sharing food.
Yeb Wiersma lives and works in Amsterdam (NL) and Arpino (IT) and graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (Fine Arts) in Amsterdam after which she continued her studies at The Cooper Union, New York City and Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht (NL). Her works have been presented by FOAM Amsterdam, Migrant Journal, The Kröller Müller Museum a.o. (Image: Yeb Wiersma, 2022).