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Show RCA 2019

Anna Frijstein

Show RCA work

Major project:

HoPPy DaZe

Video-installation, live performance, sculpture, drawing.

"What do you get when you compare boasting frogs with bluffing politicians and dystopian Bubblegum blowing kids? When to jump when all of us are boiling in a saucepan called earth?

Find out now! Join Frijstein's Boiling Frog Syndrome performance workshops!"

HoPPy DaZe started with the investigation of dominant expressed behaviour patterns caused by the emotional fears and political fights around climate change. What if one has all the right intentions but just doesn't know how to deal with it? HoPPy DaZe involves the anger, rage, fear, sadness, apathy and awkwardness that arises around the all life-threatening cliché called climate change.


  • Anna Frijstein was born in 1991 in Huizen, Netherlands, and lives and works between London and Amsterdam. Frijstein is an artist whose multifaceted art practice evokes the bestial side of ‘socialised' human beings. Striving towards an ecology of all, she creates worlds where animals, plants, rocks, pieces of plastic, ‘authentic' children and monstrous human beings can learn from and teach one another. Inspired by Mike Kelley’s ‘Twisted Pedagogy’, Frijstein’s bold linguistic play and her live performed characters often slip and fail in their goals of self-improvement resulting in a celebration of the awkward. Although her childlike work appears comical and playful, her layered pieces concern the emotional relationship to profound current ecological and political issues.

  • Previous degrees

  • BFA Fine Arts, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, 2015
  • Exhibitions

  • 'ASYMBAL', ArtLacuna, London, 2019; 'The Domestic Landscape', Jupiter Woods, London, 2019; 'CAPbaret', Royal College of Art, London, 2019; 'Stages of Life', Harrow Arts Center, London, 2019; 'Disorders Exhibition', Studio9294, London, 2019; Collaboration with Panicattack Duo in Nothing Really Mattress, South London Gallery, London, 2019; 'Life/forms', Chisenhale Studios, London, 2018; 'Get Lost Art Route', Amsterdam, 2018; 'Concepts of Time', Galerie LUMC, Leiden, 2018; 'Op Drift', Tetterode & WGKunst, Amsterdam, 2018; 'Another 5 Minutes Of Your Time', Doodle Bar, London, 2018; 'Revolve Performance Artdays', Uppsala, 2018; 'CAPbaret', Royal College of Art, London, 2018; Work-in-progress Show (Group Show), Royal College of Art, London, 2018; 'Chinese Whispers i.c.w. Alexandra Hunts', Unseen Studio Visits, Amsterdam, 2017; 'Listening and Looking', Academy of Creating and Performing Arts, Universiteit van Leiden, Leiden, 2017; 'What is happening to our brain?', Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, 2017; 'LOCKERS', MNCARS (Museo Nacional Cento de Arte Reina Sofia), Madrid, 2017; 'Failed to Sync', puntWG, Amsterdam, 2016; 'Marres Tourist Office', Marres Huis voor Hedendaagse cultuur, Maastricht, 2016; 'Don't know why I'm smiling', FLAT Station, Amsterdam, 2016; 'Young Masters', MediaArtFriesland, Leeuwarden, 2015; 'Salon de Pinto', Huis de Pinto, Amsterdam, 2015; 'Hesitant Companion', Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, 2015
  • Publications

  • Eva Mak, Maarten van der Graaff, Fiep van Bodegom and Bram Ieven, Pino Pinelli: Disseminations, The Merchant House 4.2, 2017
  • Awards

  • Artist in Residence Prize, Arte Laguna Prize & Centrale Fies (IT), 2019; Shortlisted, Sybren Hellinga Prijs, Kunsthuis Syb, 2016; Shortlisted, Young Artfund Amsterdam, 2016; Shortlisted, Young Masters Award, MediaArtFriesland, 2015; Shortlisted, Track&Trace Authenticity, GRA Thesis Prize, 2015; Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds; Stichting Niemeijer Fonds; VSBfonds
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