Berlin based artist Wouter Osterholt develops site-specific projects where he explores the public sphere as a domain in which different communities collide. By adopting a research approach similar to investigative journalism, he seeks to reveal and unravel conflicting interests that define local politics and the organisation of the public. Through direct interaction with people, both bystanders and those immediately involved, the artist opens up delicate topics of debate. As a result his projects often take the shape of a public platform that activates individuals to articulate their personal relation to the political. This seeks to exceed the parameters of public dialogue and politics by entering the realm of imagination, unexpressed thoughts and dreams.
Wouter Osterholt was artist-in residence at the Townhouse Gallery in Cairo (Egypt), the MAK Center in Los Angeles (USA), Capacete in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), IASKA in Perth (Australia) and at PIST in Istanbul (Turkey). He has exhibited works at: SKOR (Netherlands), Frisian Museum (Netherlands), the 13th Istanbul biennial (Turkey), the Townhouse Gallery (Egypt), Schunck, museum in Heerlen (Netherlands). He has given presentations at Mediamatic, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Berlin (Germany); W139, Amsterdam, (Netherlands); University of Central Lancashire, Preston (UK) and the Centre for Independent Social Research (CISR), Saint Petersburg (Russia).
Monument to Humanity – Helping hands, 2011, by Wouter Osterholt in collaboration with Elke Uitentuis, Istanbul, Kars, Turkey, supported by Fonds BKVB, exhibited at 13th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts.
Your Home is in Our Hands, 2009, by Wouter Osterholt in collaboration with Elke Uitentuis, Victorville, California, US, supported by MAK-Schindler Artists and Architects-in-Residence Program at the Mackey Apartment House, Los Angeles.