Artistic Research Fellow
Esper Postma (Amsterdam, 1988) is a graduate of the Städelschule (2015) and was a participant of the BPA// Berlin program for artists (2020). Recent solo exhibitions include Salome at the Westfälischer Kunstverein and Rebis at Stadtmuseum Lindau. He took part in group exhibitions at Martin Gropius Bau Berlin, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Hotel Maria Kapel Hoorn, PS120 Berlin, Museum für Moderne Kunst (MMK) Frankfurt am Main a.o. In June 2021 he will have a solo exhibition at Villa Romana in Florence.
The Artistic Research Fellowship is a collaboration between Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut and Villa Romana Florence.
Esper Postma shows how familiar spaces, objects and icons allow for a plethora of meanings. His work unravels the narratives that make up our cultural identity as told by political and cultural institutions. For example, Postma has repeatedly made dissections of institutional establishments, presenting life-size architectural fragments that appear to be methodically cut out of a building. These subversive acts of displacement are characteristic of his practice; Postma continuously dissects the language and aesthetics of power.
Another trajectory of his practice is made within existing museum collections and archives. Here, Postma researches politically charged objects such as religious artefacts. At Stadtmuseum Lindau, he took a painting of St. Wilgefortis—a bearded female saint—as a starting point to emancipate objects from the yoke of patriarchy. His installations situate existing relics together with self-made objects, constituting a dynamic playing field in which utilities, artefacts, and architecture form new poetic relations.