Oefeningen in de scenografie (atelier), 2023

An important subject within Jivan van der Ende’s work is the way we look at bodies and the social and political implications of clothing (or the lack thereof). During Playground van der Ende will show a performance that is part of her ongoing project Muscular Growth (and me), based on the artist’s personal studies on the topic of the extreme muscular body within patriarchal society. Since 2021 she collaborates with bodybuilders to create a dialogue between them and her queer self, both practices and identities. With this project she researches how capitalist society and its institutions view the body as a commodity and project fear and oppressive sexism.

In this video work Jivan van der Ende explores the question ‘Could you do a bodybuilding work out in the studio of an artist?’ The artist interviews bodybuilding champion Jurgen van Wesemael.


Thank you 
Lichtekooi Artspace
Nadia Bijl, Pepa De Maesschalck, Vedran Kopljar
Kris Cuylits for the Lichtekooi scenography
Production support Werner Musenbrock, Wannes Goetschalckx, Gert Aertsen
Ken Verhoeven for his sewing machine
Support Tim Verherstraeten

Financial supported by Lichtekooi, Nederlandse Ambassade in België en HISK

Exhibited at the groupshow

De overwinning van de mens op de dingen. Over sport

With works by Aline Bouvy, Denicolai & Provoost, Harun Farocki, Meschac Gaba, Ingeborg Lüscher, Sandrine Morgante, Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi, Shervin/e Sheikh Rezaei, Amber Vanluffelen, Jivan van der Ende, Benjamin Verhoeven, Gert Verhoeven and Ken Verhoeven

13.05.2023 – 24.06.2023

Artist publicatie in collaboration with Elena Op ‘t Eynde, Bas Hendrikx and HISK, 2023