孟东来
Donglai Meng
 (Marta)  
B.1994, Dalian, China
Multimedia, Conceptual artist
Currently living and working in the Netherlands



STATEMENT(CURRENT)


My interest originates from the study of psychoanalysis, which reveals the contradiction and split between human consciousness and subconsciousness, which makes me doubt the authenticity of the images that we present in reality. Therefore, my artistic practice is to constantly capture and feel the inner state of human beings in different contexts, such as dreams, fantasies, hallucinations, these subconscious activities that cannot be observed with eyes, I question their significance for real life. My works are mainly installations, paintings, short stories, videos and so on. While exploring the mental world of people inward, I also research the connection between real society and human psychology. I endowed my works with fictional narrative backgrounds, just like building dreams in the real world, making it as insinuations and reflections on real problems, and trying to draw viewers' attention to their inner experience.




EDUCATION

2017-2019    MA  Fine Art, Master Institute of Visual Cultures AKV St.Joost, Den Bosch, the Netherlands
2013-2017    BA   Oil Painting, Academy of Fine Arts of Rome, Rome, Italy


ARTIST RESIDENCY

2021    OAZO AIR, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (upcoming)
2021   Nieuw en Meer AIR, Amsterdam, the Netherlands 
2019-2020   WitteRook, Breda, the Netherlands
2019    Studio Kura, Fukuoka, Japan


SELECTED EXHIBITION

Solo Exhibition

2021   A Murder Case, Nieuw en Meer, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
2020   Four States, Funspace Gallery OnlineRoom, Rome, Italy (Online Exhibition, Curator Mengyin Wang)
2020   Midday Dreaming, WitteRook, Breda, the Netherlands
2019   Hairy Legs Shrine, Studio Kura, Fukuoka, Japan
2017   Poetic Game, Palazzo Velli Expo, Rome, Italy (Curator Yongxu Wang) 

Group Exhibition  

2021   #artistsupportpledge, De Balie, Amsterdam, the Netherlands 2021   CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2020, Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello/ THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space, Venice, Italy
2020   Art in the Time of Coronavirus & Social Distancing, Circle Foundation website(Online Exhibition)
2019   Graduation Exhibition - POSTCOMPOST, Master Institute of Visual Cultures AKV St.Joost, Den Bosch, the Netherlands
2019   夢 力 (meng li), Theater Vascello, Rome, Italy 
2019   Percorso d'Arte a Castiglione III edizione, Palombara Sabina, Italy 
2018   Transition, Eye Research Lab, Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands  
2018   AGSA15, Dalian, China  
2018   What Do We Dance For? Gallery Nectar, Tbilisi, Georgia 
2017   TRACCE 2017, San Domenico, Italy 


ART FAIR

2021   THIS art fair, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (upcoming)
2021    CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2020 - ITSLIQUID International Art Fair, Venice, Italy

AWARDS

2020   Stipendium Emerging Artists 2020-21, Mondriaan Fonds


ARTIST TALK/PRESENTATION

2019    Research Presentation, V2_, Lab for the Unstable Media, Rotterdam, Netherlands


WORKSHOP

2020  kidz-residency for Breda Cultuurnacht at Witte Rook, Breda
2019  organizer of the workshop “Brown shoes don’t make it” at ]St.Joost master institute, Den Bosch (with Hossein Daneshpajooh, Monique van de Ven, Simon Oosterhuis)
2018  organizer of the workshop “Incense in the room” at St.Joost master institute, Den Bosch (with Peng Zhang)


PUBLICATION(printing&online)

2021   King House Gallery Magazine
2020  Art Ideal Magazine
2020  WitteRook
2020  Mestmag.nl
2019   Wotisart#32
2019   Studio Kura
2017   Funspace