Marika Vandekraats ~ Keywords: settler colonialism, extractions, archival, strawberry, birling, digging
Marika Vandekraats (she/her) is an artist from the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, also known as Vancouver, Canada. Her research focuses on the human entanglements tied between nature and capital to frame extractivist processes that have irreversibly effected the climate. This interest stems from her settler identity and her Dutch ancestry, which has led her to relocate to Rotterdam, NL, to research her familial histories in migration and settler colonialism. Her work takes shape through video, sculpture, text, and performative installations that utilize archival research to challenge its context. Vandekraats regularly collaborates with friends in performance, video, and workshops to form solidarity and collective resistance against structures of oppression with the exaltation of kinship.
Marika Vandekraats was the esteemed 2021 -2022 Secretary of the COUNCIL, DAI's consultative student body. Marika is also one of the conveners of the DAI Friends & Alumni Grant
Learn more about Marika Vandekraats' written MA thesis (DAI, 2022): (Un)Grounding the Settler State: Refiguring the Forcible Translations of Liberalism
Learn more about Marika Vandekraats' 20 minute performance (Un)turned for 'tuttə (le) rottə - all (the) ways: unfixed' ~ DAI's Aeroponic Acts 2022 at Centrale Fies in Italy.
Follow Marika's "Life after DAI" via her website