Griet Dobbels (1964)
Griet Dobbels lives and works in Nazareth. She began her professional career in 1996 after graduating from The Royal College of Art in London.
Key concepts in her work are: the dialectic between grandeur and insignificance, transience and timelessness, nature and culture, beauty and horror, safety and danger, chaos and control, universality and individuality. Formally, these subjects translate into various media: drawings, video installations, sculptures and happenings. Dobbels explores boundaries, both in terms of content and form, and strives for an objective position.
The line is a constant in her work, be it the contour line, the coast line, the front line or a border. This line is exposed, excavated, walked, drawn or cut-and-pasted.
Griet Dobbels has exhibited nationally and internationally and has undertaken a number of significant residences, including at the Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto in 2017-18 and was selected in 2020 for the artist residency at Al Ma’mal Foundation, Old city Jerusalem (postponed due to Covid) and Birzeit University which is postponed and partly online at the present of time.
Her work can be seen in the contexts of museums, art centres, public spaces or as part of diverse private initiatives, including: Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens (B); Brakke Grond, Amsterdam (NL); Working Title Festival Brussels (B); Nest, The Hague (NL); Netwerk Aalst (B); Greenwich Festival, London (UK) and Emergent (B).
Her solo exhibition, The Map Is Not the Territory (Montedellarte), was on display at Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto in Biella (IT) and the Italian Cultural Institute in Brussels.
At the present moment in time, Griet Dobbels is working on a next Straight Line Attempt in the Middle East region, the ongoing international project: Onder de Kerktoren / Under the Church Tower, the intervention (Traag) in the landscape in the Flemish Ardennes and the project Trillingen in collaboration with artist Cesar Janssens.