Anna de Vriend (1996, the Hague) is a visual artist based in Arnhem, the Netherlands.

When I was eight years old, I lost my grandma and one of my sheep in the same week, the tears I shed were divided over them equally. I grew up and cared too much; now I get panic attacks in the meat and dairy aisle.
Becky taught me to care, Marrie taught me that the care I give has to come with respect for autonomy.
I became a leaky container of grief for the calves in the slaughterhouse.
One of their unwillingly removed skins was imperfect, I brought it home with me and felt the weight of responsibility for the narrative it encompassed.
Örvi carried me until I figured it out.
When the hunters accused me of irrational sentimentalism, it was the boar who showed me the necessary magic of life and death in the forest. There is more to life than feigned logical rationality and a man’s anger.
I remembered Bokito’s resistance and saw the pictures of him in a zoo restaurant; revealing the significance of stepping over a boundary and declaring yourself subject not object.

As an artist, the stories of other animals have been fundamental in imagining different worlds. I see my practice as a collaboration between their non-human knowledge and my research and storytelling abilities
By investigating the tactics used in spaces operating on the exploitation of non-human bodies I aim to get a grasp on how capitalist and patriarchal systems work on a larger scale. Challenging these structures requires understanding them and how they've been internalized; moving beyond them requires non-human knowledge and imagination.

Together with artists Anne Schoemaker and Kai I am part of the collective HIBERNATION. We aim to create space for ourselves and other artists to re-evaluate what they have been taught about artisthood and succes by organizing events and residencies and making podcasts and zines. Take a look at our website here.

Education

2020-2021   Apprentice Master - Kunstpodium T, Tilburg

2016-2018   Honoursprogramme - ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem

2015-2020   Bachelor Base for Experiment Art and Research - ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem

Exhibitions


2022

Iets met Dieren X Little Room

ExtraPool, Nijmegen

2021

Recent afgestudeerd

Kunsthal Hof 88, Almelo

2021 Iets met Dieren #3 Extrapool, Nijmegen
SIMIAN


2021 ALL INN Het Hem, Zaandam
A lovely dinner with The Sheep Lady.


2021


Uncontrollable?/Too Soon to Tell


Kunstpodium T, Tilburg


2020 'Something Where There Should be Nothing' ArtEZ Finals Studio Omstand, Arnhem
Virtual tour


2019

Octopus Dreaming

Circa dit..., Arnhem

2019

As big as a door

ArtEZ, Arnhem

2019

Open Studio/Unfolding the process

Cittadellarte, Biella

2018

Summershow

ArtEZ, Arnhem

2017

A Mild Obsession

BOKA, Arnhem

Publications

2022

zine First Edition

HIBERNATION (link)

2022

It's not Leviosaaahaa it's Imposter Syndrome - reframing the 'work on your confidence' rhetoric

Blanket Fort Recordings (link)

2022

Let's scare MM to death - Mysoginistic Monster, Monster Machine, Magicians Mania, Mister Misery

Blanket Fort Recordings (link)

2022

Little Room X Iets met Dieren

Knustpress (link)

2020

'Girly', confronterend en fel - Lichting 2020 bijt van zich af in Het HEM

Metropolis M (link)

2020

takeover #142

Rizoom (link)

2020

Blood-Processing

APRIA (link)

2020

Living-with and Dying-with

APRIA (link)

2020

BEAR Finals 2020 deel 2: Marieke Peeters en Anna de Vriend

Rizoom Podcast (link)

2020

Afstudeerders

ArtEZ (link)

2020

'Something Where There Should Be Nothing Exhibition' Catalogue

Artez Finals

2020

Eindexamenwerk 2020

BK Informatie (link)

Residencies and Internships

2022 three month residency HIBERNATION, Visalibons Spain
2020 six week residency Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella Italy
2019 five week residency Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella Italy
2019

Performer for 'Never learnt to share' by Melanie-Maria

Finals ArtEZ, Arnhem

2019 Performer 'negenentwintig november' by Melanie-Maria RUIS, Nijmegen

Other projects and experience

2021

Sunday Open Kino: You Fear No Inferno When You Are Born Amidst Flames X HIBERNATION

Sonsbeek 20>24 Force Times Distance

2021

Gaslight, Gatekeep, Girlboss; a very dramatic dinner party

BIEB3000

2021

Founder and Coordinator

HIBERNATION

2013 - Now

Film and Theater - Assistant Costume Design/ Hair and Make-up

Various