Saskia Janssen

Saskia Janssen mixes a variety of media in her socially engaged site-specific works. Often to make situations or groups of people visible that are invisible at first. Over the past years she has collaborated with a.o. sailors, nightclub singers, hard drug users, Buddhists, psychiatric hospital patients and inmates. The outcomes of these collaborations have taken the form of installations, recorded albums, drawings, performances and printed publications. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Art in The Hague and was a resident at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam (’96-’97) and at I.S.C.P., NewYork (2015). Her works and projects have been exhibited a.o. at Museum of Modern Art, Arnhem; Museum Het Dolhuys, Haarlem; Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS; Museum De Paviljoens, Almere; HVCCA, Peekskill; TENT, Rotterdam. Janssen is represented by Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS and teaches at de Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam.

Together with George Korsmit, in 2005 she established The Rainbow Soulclub, an art studio in an Amsterdam shelter for long-term drug users. Since then, they have run a weekly program in the studio, often together with their art students.