Janneke van der Putten (Amsterdam, 1985) is a visual artist and performer based in Rotterdam. Her practice involves experiences of listening, performances, sound and video, documentations in image/text/textile, workshops, music projects, and creating platforms for cultural exchange. Her voice is her main tool, guiding her through physical and sonic explorations in different landscapes. Engaging with specific sites and local contexts, and through her personal experiences, she investigates (human) responses to her surroundings, and their relation to natural phenomena and transitions, such as the sunrise.
Van der Putten graduated with a BDes from TXT (Textile), Gerrit Rietveld Academy (Amsterdam, 2003 – 2009) and completed her MMus in Artistic Research, Royal Academy of Art & Royal Conservatoire (The Hague, 2011 – 2013). She trained in classical North-Indian Dhrupad singing with Amelia Cuni and Marianne Svašek (Berlin & Rotterdam, 2009 – 2014) and is autodidact in various extended vocal techniques. The project ‘Invisible Architecture’ with Christian Galarreta, for which they published a vinyl in 2014, has been presented at amongst others Make the Audition: Meetings Between Art and Sound in Peru, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (Lima, 2016) and nxnwfestival (Cologne, 2015). Solo shows include All Begins With A, TENT (Rotterdam, 2015), Directed to the Sun, Atelierhaus Quartier am Hafen (Cologne, 2017), and Quitsa, CINNNAMON (Rotterdam, 2017). In 2016 she founded Idraola and initiated the Aloardi Exchange Programme, including the Aloardi Festival ‘Peruvian New Music & Arts’, WORM (Rotterdam, 2016 – 2017). Van der Putten was artist-in-residence at amongst others the Centre international d’art et du paysage (Île de Vassivière, 2014), and is awarded a fellowship at Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart, 2019).