Ticho Brouwers (1988) graduated in the summer of 2015 from the department of Visual Art at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. The work he exhibited at his graduation exhibition earned him a place on the shortlist of the GRA Awards. These awards are presented annually by the Gerrit Rietveld Academie to talented young artists and students during that academy’s graduation exhibition. For Brouwers, other exhibitions soon followed, at such cultural organizations as Castrum Peregrini and Apice for Artists.
Brouwers makes installations in which sculpture, film and architectonic elements are joined together to create the suggestion of one coherent narrative. However, he does not limit himself to these media. Thanks to a commission from the Oedipus Brewery, he developed a performance piece in which he experimented with visual art on the stage. In addition, he is currently working on a publication is which he asks various people to describe memories of their (former) home: in that project, it's the language that becomes the material of construction.
Both the physical work under construction and the location of his workshop exert a great influence on his practice of visual art. For the work he produced for his graduation exhibition, the location of his former studio – an anti-squat location in the former Burgerweeshuis orphanage in Amsterdam – served as both a point of departure and a source of inspiration. Amsterdam is his home base, and his work always relates to specific places and buildings within that city. In this way, Brouwers' process of creation is directly linked with his environment and immediate surroundings.
Visual Art Coalition
Within the framework of the 3PackageDeal, Ticho Brouwers is part of the Visual Art Coalition which is made up of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Foam and De Appel. With the help of the Coalition, Brouwers hopes to use the coming year to expand his portfolio with his own work and to broaden his visual language in relationship to the city.