Zabludowicz Collection presents Plague, a new video installation by Puck Verkade that imagines eerie parallels between ecological and mental breakdown.
Narrated by three domestic pests that fantasize about human extermination, surreal analogies between the tormented psyche and the exploited Earth unfold, climaxing in a Kafkaesque interspecies transformation between a housewife and a housefly.
Verkade’s moving image work reconsiders the archetypes and narratives that shape human experience and social structures. Shot through with humour and a distinct taste for the absurd, her videos tell stories from alternative perspectives, making space for the unheard and under-represented. Shifting between the different visual modes of stop motion animation, green screen and direct to camera performance, her fast paced montages have the sensation of a moving collage; a dense juxtaposition of layered images and sounds in a cartoon reality.
Puck Verkade (b. 1987, The Netherlands, lives and works in London) received her BFA from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and completed an MFA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths, London in 2017. Her work has been shown internationally at amongst others: Schimmel Projects Dresden Art Centre (Dresden, 2019), Forde (Geneva, 2019), LISTE (Basel, 2018), ARCO Lisboa (Lisbon, 2018), SUNDAY (London, 2017), Berlin Feminist Film Festival (Berlin, 2016) and LOOP (Barcelona, 2015). She was 2017-2018 resident artist at Sarabande: The Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation and is represented by Dürst Britt & Mayhew in The Netherlands. Her work DOING LUCY, 2019 is available via Daata Editions.
The development of Plague has been generously supported by Dommering Foundation, Mondriaan Fund and DordtYart.
Zabludowicz Collection Invites: Dedicated to solo presentations by UK-based artists without UK commercial gallery representation.Puck Verkade, Plague, 2019. Video still. Courtesy the artist