Judith Westerveld (b. 1985, NL/SA) grew up both in The Netherlands and South Africa. She studied fine arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (2011), followed by the Master Artistic Research at the University of Amsterdam (2013).
In her art practice Westerveld researches the relation between the archive, the voice and the narrative, probing who is heard and seen, remembered and historicized. South Africa’s transition process since denouncing apartheid, the place, its colonial relations and the influence of its past in its present, forms the research field from where her artworks develop. In her research, as well as in the aesthetic construction and presentation of her work she deploys a collage way of working, gathering, connecting and juxtaposing seemingly disparate sources together.
Some of her video work are (all short) Still Not at Ease (2012), Foreclosure (2013), The Remnant (2016), Writing Back to History (2016). Her film The Remnant (2016) was commissioned by Framer Framed as part of the exhibition Re(as)siting Narratives, which was on show at Framer Framed in Amsterdam and the District Six Museum in Cape Town.
In 2018 her solo exhibition The Dream of a Common Language was on show at Lumen Travo Gallery in Amsterdam.