Sandim Mendes  (NL, 1986)

In my practice, I use photography as a starting point to investigate the concept of identity in and between cultures. Born in the Netherlands with a Cape Verdean background, I start from an intersectional context, understanding these two worlds as grounds to root my artistic research. Through photography, performance, textile, drawing, and installation, I produce work that deals with intersecting layers of personal and political histories. 

 

My work reconstructs historical and speculative narratives, and creates characters and personalities engendered in this reconstructive process. In this way, photography has become a useful medium in this practice because of its use in processes of historicisation, its operation as a tool for memory, and its archival and evidential value. I think in images, and with them I create new histories rooted in inherited memories and embodied intuitions informed by my own subject position.

“What is the capacity for a single image to mirror unknown histories? How can intergenerational modes of sharing and storytelling enable space-time crossings? In which ways can inherited memories and embodiments catalyse artistic production? For over a decade, visual artist Sandim Mendes has been conducting photographic, and what she calls “imagetic” investigations to inquire into embodied inheritances in relation to geocultural ancestries. Sandim uses her own experience to expose confrontations derived from being born in a country where notions of belonging are construed on behalf of the other; and where one’s own agency regarding identity is constantly confronted with social, political, cultural and educational expectations that perpetuate Western colonial canons.”

—Mariana Aboim, “(reMaking of histories- Embodied memories of a verbal archive 

                                           in the work of Sandim Mendes" , 2021

Education & Residencies

2022

2019

2016

2005-2010

2009

Hangar, Lisbon, Portugal

guest- residency program

Grafikwerkstatt Dresden, Germany

guest- residency program

 Icelandic Textile center, Blonduos, Iceland

artist in residence

Willem de Kooning Academy,Rotterdam

BFA 

Otis college of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA

exchangeprogram, earned Dean’s list registration

Exhibitions 

Solo

2017

2017

2017

Windowdressing #2, Upominki, Rotterdam

Sandim Mendes: panu terra | terra panu, Tetem, Enschede

Pop-in- Expo: Sandim Mendes, het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam

Selected group exhibitions

2021

2020

2019

2019

2019

2019

Shapeshifty, TENT, Rotterdam

Leeuwen op de Coolsingel, Museum Rotterdam

Grafiek2019, Goethe Instituut, Rotterdam

Dresden Residents 2019, Alte Feuerwache Loschwitz, Dresden

Apa kabar, showroomMAMA, Rotterdam

Open Studio Borgerstraat, Rotterdam

2018

2018

2018

2018

2018

2017

2016

2016

2015

2015

2015

Maaskant tekeningen, Kunsthal, Rotterdam

Gedeelde grond, LekArt Festival, Culemborg

Familie, Stedelijke Museum Schiedam, Schiedam

Who do you think you are?, TENT, Rotterdam

Rotterdam Photo Festival, Rotterdam

Going Back to Forget, TENT, Rotterdam

Solo Photo Fest, Surakarta Indonesia

Final show, Textilsetur, Blonduos Iceland

Travel is useful, Baut Zuid, Amsterdam

Kurni Kurato, Berlin

Guestroom by Ingo Taubhorn, DER GREIF magazine

2015

2014

2013

2011

2010

2010

2010

Art Noir, Nen Xavier Shop, Rotterdam

All attitudes, all the shapelines, all the belongings, RAM gallery, Rotterdam

Manumission, Roodkapje, Rotterdam

Prikkeldraad & Schuurpapier, Kadmium, Delft

Parallel Doors of Perception, State of L3, MUHKA, Antwerp

Final Graduation show, Willem de kooning, Rotterdam

Van Bommel van Dam price, Museum van Bommel van dam , Venlo

Nominations

2010

Van Bommel van Dam price, Museum Van Bommel van Dam, Venlo

Publications

2021

2021

2017

2016

2012

2011

2010

Alantica: Contemporary art from Cabo Verde, Guinea Bissau, Sao Tome and Principe and their diasporas, Lisbon

Hard//hoofd magazine, For imagination and stories, Amsterdam

AMERICAN- A, Atelier des Jeunes, Madrid

Geopolitical uses of the image, Les Carnets du BAL, Paris

UNFIXED: Photography and Postcolonial Perspectives in Contemporary Art, Unfixed projects

The State of L3, Galleri Image, Denmark

Van Bommel van Dam price 2010, Museum van Bommel van dam