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Risk Hazekamp

Research Group: Biobased Art and Design

‘It is through the “not-knowing” that a stimulating and caring environment can be created to confidently share vulnerability.’

Risk Hazekamp is a researcher within the Biobased Art and Design research group and a tutor for the Art & Research study programme at St. Joost School of Art & Design. 

Risk Hazekamp is a visual artist and researcher. Risk is also an art educator in the broadest sense of the word and regularly assumes the position of a student. For more than twenty years, Risk’s work has revolved around the complex and constantly changing relationship between body and image. Gender has been a central element, not only as a subject, but also as a theoretical framework. For the past ten years, Risk has applied questions formulated on the theme of gender to other socio-political issues. Through a combination of personal activism, intersectional thinking and analogue photography, visual thinking processes are developed to change existing systems. 

After studies at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam and the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht, Risk’s work has been shown extensively at international art fairs, such as Art Cologne, Arco Madrid, Art Forum Berlin, Liste Basel and Paris Photo. In 2010, Risk decided to no longer participate in commercial art fairs. Since this decision, long-running projects are preferably presented outside the institutional context, where location and subject are often directly related.  

Risk has taught at various art academies, including teaching Photography from 2010 to 2014 at the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts, and from 2015 at St. Joost School of Art & Design in the Art & Research department and the minor Arts & Humanity. 

In 2020 Risk graduated from the Advanced Master of Research in Art & Design of the Sint Lucas School of Arts in Antwerp and took part in the Decolonial Summer School 2020, a collaboration between the Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven and the University College Roosevelt of Utrecht University.

Unlearning Photography

Unlearning Photography is a research in which living photography is investigated: a living image that, by means of photosynthesis, transforms carbon dioxide into oxygen.

A cyanobacteria culture gets a few drops of my blood. I think about the violence of this gesture and about contamination.
Colour and form experiment with wet (chemical) cyanotype developing processes.
Experimental setup with cyanobacteria in petri dishes, transparent sheet and a 200W LED growth light.
Organic photography experiment with emulsion made from cyanobacteria.
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Research Group: Biobased Art and Design

The research group Biobased Art and Design capitalises on the role of artistic practice in unlocking the unique potentials of living organisms for everyday materials and communicating these to a broader public. In doing so, the group aims to instigate and accelerate our widespread understanding, further development and usage of such materials. The group’s research approach encourages tangible interactions with the living organisms, such as algae, fungi, plants and bacteria, to explore and understand their unique qualities and constraints through diverse technical and creative methods taking artists, designers and scientists as equal and active partners in the material creation.

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‘The dynamic relationship between humans and living artefacts will continue to evolve reciprocally with mutual care.’

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‘Bacteria, Fungi, Humans, all part of the same experiment.’

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‘The pleasure of working in the [MI] lab is that microbiological research is carried out from two different approaches.’

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‘I’m interested in how we can implement situated learning within design education.’

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‘The ultimate goal is to enable people to improve their lives, making them more enjoyable and comfortable.’

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‘Exploring and integrating novel perspectives to our everyday through the eyes of fungi.’

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‘I am eager to explore how unique qualities of ‘living materials’ can transform the way we think, feel and act.’

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