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Jaap de Ruig is a visual artist and filmmaker who lives both in Amsterdam and in his wooden gypsy caravan in the Dutch polder. In his artwork animals or symbolized animals play an important role. Animal life as a metaphor for human life, or the human attitude towards animals. When De Ruig was in his early twenties and went through a difficult period, he left home and ended up in France, where he was immersed in the earthly. He herded goats, milked them, made cheese, dung the stable and chopped wood. It changed his life. Another turning point was getting to know his girlfriend Mariët Meester. They went around with a horse and gypsy wagon and were treated like tramps. They hiked with a donkey through Andalusia, traveled through India and became friends with Roma in Romania. At first Jaap de Ruig used photography to capture the world, but he realized that it was more important for him to work in the opposite direction: from the inside out. Visual art gives the possibility for analysis and reflection. Animals became a fixture in his work. Through them he investigates the dark sides of existence; suffering, death, the struggle between man and nature and between people. He likes to use humor to put that struggle into perspective. Between October 2003 and October 2004 Jaap de Ruig undertook a one-year journey, the Screening Europe Tour . Along the way, he gave twenty-six film shows with a selection of his video work. Screening Europe was also a way for the artist to screen Europe and see the similarities between the inhabitants, but the cultural differences as well. Once living in the city of Amsterdam and being less and less in contact with animals, the artist started to use his own body as an easy to manipulate beast. In 2005 The Burden , a video installation with two projectors, was one of the first results. High on a wall De Ruig stands behind an open window. He lifts a stone from the windowsill, raises it above his head and drops it. At that moment a second projector takes over. The stone hits the ground in a circle of light. As the stone wobbles back and forth, the head of the artist appears to be locked up in it. Slowly the stone / the head dissolves in the floor. Since 2011 this video installation is permanently installed in Amsterdam University Medical Center. In 2007 Jaap de Ruig completed a series of life-size video installations called The Army of Split Souls . They were exposed the same year in a monumental solo show at art gallery RAM in Rotterdam. In 2009 Jaap de Ruig completed The Source - One Day In A Roma Settlement In Romania , a film that premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Hidden deep in the hills, around 350 people live in handmade huts. The film starts with long, static shots of the beginning of a new morning. A pastoral way of life takes off: guiding cows and horses, getting water from the source etc. In the afternoon suddenly the fat is in the fire. People scream and threaten each other. Little by little the serene atmosphere returns, but while the sun is going down the after effects of the quarrel are still audible. Between 2011 and 2015 De Ruig undertook the project What David Sees , in which he cooperated with a young Romanian man who asked for a photocamera to capture daily life in the Roma neighbourhood where he lives. The project yielded 6000 pictures, a video installation, a book and a documentary. Commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art De Domijnen in Sittard the artist created in 2017 The Living Wagon, That's Me. He cooperated with travellers in the area, who lent him their miniature living wagons. Apart from an installation It resulted in a short documentary in which the owners explained why the miniature wagons are so important to them. In recent years our strange attitude towards farm animals has become Jaap de Ruig’s central theme. The first results have been shown during the event An Animal / A Human Being in December 2018 in Amsterdam. In 2020 Jaap de Ruig established a publishing house, Uitgeverij Caprae . The name is a tribute to goats (latin: caprae), the animals that once saved him physically and psychologically. Although goats are often associated with deforestation and desertification, it is the goatherd (mankind) who is responsible. For every publication of Uitgeverij Caprae a consideration is made about the environmental consequences. Facebook - Instagram Jaap de Ruig regularly posts an image from his archive on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and Vimeo. Many videoclips or fragments of videos have been uploaded too. Instagram Facebook YouTube Vimeo Statement Video and film make use of existing reality in order to create a new reality, which investigates the existing one.
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1987 - traveling from Sevilla to Granada with Mariët Meester and a donkey called Sevillana - Jaap de Ruig !984/87 - France, Belgium, the Netherlands - traveling with the second living wagon - Jaap de Ruig 1987 - traveling from Sevilla to Granada with Mariët Meester and a donkey called Sevillana - Jaap de Ruig 1982/83 - France, traveling with the first living wagon - Jaap de Ruig 1989 - travels through India - tribals and tourists - Jaap de Ruig 1990 until 2008 - travels through Romania to live with Roma - Jaap de Ruig 1996 - Digging up Coza - the artist digs up his favourite goat, video registration 45 min. 1997 - performance without spectators - cremation of roadkill and other found dead animals - Jaap de Ruig 2003/2004 - Screening Europe Tour - a one year tour doing 25 video shows in museums and art galleries - Jaap de Ruig 2003/2004 - Screening Europe Tour - a one year tour doing 25 video shows - Jaap de Ruig 2003/2004 - Screening Europe Tour - a one year tour doing 25 video shows, Chisinau, Rep. Moldova - Jaap de Ruig 2007 - Sometimes the Gravity of the Moon Prevails - life size video projection high on a wall - Jaap de Ruig 2007 - Munching Away at Someting - pig size video projection on the bottomline of a wall - Jaap de Ruig 2007 - Split - life size video projection on the bottomline of a wall - Jaap de Ruig 2007 - The Drawing Table - life size video projection on the bottomline of a wall - Jaap de Ruig 2005 - The Burden - two projector video installation - permanently installed at Amsterdam UMC - Jaap de Ruig 2011/15 - What David Sees - photo by David Vasile - a project by Jaap de Ruig 2015 - What David Sees - documentary 30 min. - Jaap de Ruig 2015 - What David Sees - book with photos and text - David Vasile, Mariët Meester and Jaap de Ruig 2011/15 - What David Sees - photo by David Vasile - a project by Jaap de Ruig 2020 - Pingping, a novel by Mariët Meester - published and designed by Jaap de Ruig, Uitgeverij Caprae 2020 - logo Uitgeverij Caprae - designed by Jaap de Ruig 2018 - When The Cows Come Home - video installation on the windows of five Amsterdam canal houses - Jaap de Ruig 2017 - The Living Wagon, That’s Me - an installation of miniature living wagons, i.c.w. Dutch travelers - Jaap de Ruig 2017 - The Living Wagon, That’s Me - an installation of miniature living wagons, i.c.w. Dutch travelers - Jaap de Ruig 2017 - The Living Wagon, That’s Me - an installation of miniature living wagons, i.c.w. Dutch travelers - Jaap de Ruig 2017 - The Living Wagon, That’s Me - an installation of miniature living wagons, i.c.w. Dutch travelers - Jaap de Ruig 2020 - Pingping, a novel by Mariët Meester - published and designed by Jaap de Ruig, Uitgeverij Caprae
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2009 - The Source, One Day in a Roma Settlement in Romania - documentary 40 min. - Jaap de Ruig 1982 - herding goats in France - Jaap de Ruig
Jaap de Ruig is a visual artist and filmmaker who lives both in Amsterdam and in his wooden gypsy caravan in the Dutch polder. In his artwork animals or symbolized animals play an important role. Animal life as a metaphor for human life, or the human attitude towards animals. When De Ruig was in his early twenties and went through a difficult period, he left home and ended up in France, where he was immersed in the earthly. He herded goats, milked them, made cheese, dung the stable and chopped wood. It changed his life. Another turning point was getting to know his girlfriend Mariët Meester. They went around with a horse and gypsy wagon and were treated like tramps. They hiked with a donkey through Andalusia, traveled through India and became friends with Roma in Romania. At first Jaap de Ruig used photography to capture the world, but he realized that it was more important for him to work in the opposite direction: from the inside out. Visual art gives the possibility for analysis and reflection. Animals became a fixture in his work. Through them he investigates the dark sides of existence; suffering, death, the struggle between man and nature and between people. He likes to use humor to put that struggle into perspective. Between October 2003 and October 2004 Jaap de Ruig undertook a one-year journey, the Screening Europe Tour . Along the way, he gave twenty-six film shows with a selection of his video work. Screening Europe was also a way for the artist to screen Europe and see the similarities between the inhabitants, but the cultural differences as well. Once living in the city of Amsterdam and being less and less in contact with animals, the artist started to use his own body as an easy to manipulate beast. In 2005 The Burden , a video installation with two projectors, was one of the first results. High on a wall De Ruig stands behind an open window. He lifts a stone from the windowsill, raises it above his head and drops it. At that moment a second projector takes over. The stone hits the ground in a circle of light. As the stone wobbles back and forth, the head of the artist appears to be locked up in it. Slowly the stone / the head dissolves in the floor. Since 2011 this video installation is permanently installed in Amsterdam University Medical Center. In 2007 Jaap de Ruig completed a series of life- size video installations called The Army of Split Souls . They were exposed the same year in a monumental solo show at art gallery RAM in Rotterdam. In 2009 Jaap de Ruig completed The Source - One Day In A Roma Settlement In Romania , a film that premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Hidden deep in the hills, around 350 people live in handmade huts. The film starts with long, static shots of the beginning of a new morning. A pastoral way of life takes off: guiding cows and horses, getting water from the source etc. In the afternoon suddenly the fat is in the fire. People scream and threaten each other. Little by little the serene atmosphere returns, but while the sun is going down the after effects of the quarrel are still audible. Between 2011 and 2015 De Ruig undertook the project What David Sees , in which he cooperated with a young Romanian man who asked for a photocamera to capture daily life in the Roma neighbourhood where he lives. The project yielded 6000 pictures, a video instal- lation, a book and a documentary. Commissioned by the Museum of Contem- porary Art De Domijnen in Sittard the artist created in 2017 The Living Wagon, That's Me. He cooperated with travellers in the area, who lent him their miniature living wagons. Apart from an installation It resulted in a short documen- tary in which the owners explained why the miniature wagons are so important to them. In recent years our strange attitude towards farm animals has become Jaap de Ruig’s central theme. The first results have been shown during the event An Animal / A Human Being in December 2018 in Amsterdam. In 2020 Jaap de Ruig established a publishing house, Uitgeverij Caprae . The name is a tribute to goats (latin: caprae), the animals that once saved him physically and psychologically. Although goats are often associated with deforestation and desertification, it is the goatherd (mankind) who is responsible. For every publication of Uitgeverij Caprae a consi- deration is made about the environmental consequences. Facebook - Instagram Jaap de Ruig regularly posts an image from his archive on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and Vimeo. Many videoclips or fragments of videos have been uploaded too. Instagram Facebook YouTube Vimeo Statement Video and film make use of existing reality in order to create a new reality, which inves- tigates the existing one. Book preview EEN DIER / EEN MENS:
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