J U D I T H   W E S T E R V E L D



Judith Westerveld (1985) grew up in South Africa and the Netherlands. She studied Fine Art at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, followed by the Master Artistic Research at the University of Amsterdam. In her films, audio-visual installations, photocollages and performance based work, she researches the relation between the archive, the voice and the narrative, probing who is heard and seen, remembered and historicized in a postcolonial world. Language in spoken, written and embodied form, as well as memory, oral history and archival material are recurring elements that shape her work. Gathering a multiplicity of perspectives and interpretations that are historical and contemporary, public and private, her works intertwine the worlds of facts and stories. With her work she aims to address and reflect upon the multiple ways the colonial past continues to impact the present.

Westerveld lives and works in Amsterdam and Cape Town and is represented by gallery Lumen Travo in Amsterdam. Her films and videos are distributed by, and part of the collections of LIMA (Amsterdam) and ARGOS (Brussels). From 2019 until 2023 her practice is supported by the Mondriaan Fund, Stipend for Established Artists. In 2017-2018 she received the Stipend for Emerging Artists from the Mondriaan Fund.