Based in Rembrandt Theatre, the Biennale includes a key installation
here in Museum Arnhem – Kleidungsaffe, by Indonesian
artist Melati Suryodarmo. Translated as ‘Clothes Ape’, Melati Suryodarmo’s work
reflects upon society’s excessive consumption of fast fashion
and the universal human desire to belong.
A tree-like structure is strung with hundreds of locally-donated
clothes gathered from Arnhem residents and from the local clothes bank 2Switch.

The work is a durational performance that involves a person sitting on the tree’s perch for hours at a time,
embracing the trunk. Their presence represents
the social and economic ladder that many migrants feel
they must climb to be accepted by society.

Performance artist Lisette Ros will activate Kleidungsaffe on:
16-05 between 11:30 and 14:30.
25-05 between 13:00 and 16:00
01-06 between 13:00 and 16:00
08-06 between 13:00 and 16:00
15-06 between 13:00 and 16:00

‘Reframing Conventions’ for INTERBELLUM #1 (2020) at De Stelling van Amsterdam Still shot taken from video work by Rob Schröder and Gabrielle Provaas

Lisette Ros, born in Hilversum, The Netherlands in 1991, has been a conceptual and performance artist since 2013.

She has showcased her work internationally, performing at the Venice Architecture Biennale in Italy (2016), launching ‘My Self, the Body at SXSW’ in Austin, USA (2018), and collaborating with Asian Dope Boys for ‘TRANCE’ at MWoods Museum in Beijing, China (2019). In 2021, she completed a residency at Marina Abramoviç and introduced her work ‘My Self, the (First) Breath’ at SIM in Iceland. Currently, she’s immersed in the sixth part of her ‘My Self’ series in Indonesia, exploring her unfamiliar roots for ‘My Self, the (Unfamiliar) Roots’ with external guidance of performance artist Melati Suryodarmo.

In June 2023, Ros unveiled ‘Presence in Absence’, the first installment of her performative research series, The Absence of Metamorphosis, delving into the concept of metamorphosis in relation to the axolotl at Casa Lü in Mexico-City. Her diverse body of work has been exhibited at prominent institutions globally, including Amsterdam Museum, EYE Film Museum, Van Abbemuseum, and guerrilla exhibitions at various locations.