Anouk van Klaveren explores objects as physical translations of collective belief systems. She is fascinated about how garments and objects embody cultural norms and values. By intertwining fiction and non-fiction, her work playfully analyses the driving forces of fashion’s seductive nature. Trained as a fashion designer at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague, fashion and its normative structures became a theme in a more and more interdisciplinary practice, instead of a medium of expression. She started experimenting with performance, interviews, site-specific interventions and sculpture, which she uses as a tool to portray and question social norms and value creation.
She is co-founder of collective Das Leben am Haverkamp, established in 2014. Das Leben am Haverkamp is a creative platform that represents Christa van der Meer, Dewi Bekker, Gino Anthonisse and Anouk van Klaveren. Together they speak and discuss the current state of affairs of something we delightfully – but often problematically – call fashion.