Gerrit Dekker, Artist in distribution, Netherlands, 1943
Gerrit Dekker was born in 1943 in Hilversum, The Netherlands, and currently lives and works in Arnhem. He was the long-time collaborator of Ben d'Armagnac, with whom he made numerous videos and performances between 1966 and 1975. Dekker belonged to the generation of Netherlands-based performance and video artists including d'Armagnac, Marina Abramovic, Ulay, and Reindeer Werk who became internationally recognized in the late 1970's. His work has been shown in solo and group shows in The Netherlands and in various international venues. In Dekker's practice, video primarily serves to document subtle, minimalist performance actions which can sometimes be mistaken for normal quotidian gestures, and which are designed to explore the relationship between the subject and their everyday social context. In 2005, Dekker had his first exhibition after a fifteen-year withdrawal from the art world intended to foster art as an intimate creative process and excise it from the power mechanisms which govern the exhibition and commercial marketing of art.