Janneke van der Putten is a visual artist and performer based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Her voice is her main tool, guiding her through physical and sonic explorations in different landscapes. Engaging with specific sites and local contexts, she investigates (human) responses to her surroundings, and their relation to natural phenomena, such as the sunrise.
She was artist-in-residence at a.o. Centre International d’Art et du Paysage (Beaumont-du-Lac, 2014), Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart, 2019) and Haute école des arts du Rhin (Mulhouse & Strasbourg, 2019-2020). In 2019 she was invited to present her workshop ‘Voice and Textile in the Landscape’ as part of the 45 Salon of Colombian Artists in Bogotá. Solo exhibitions include All Begins With A (TENT, Rotterdam, 2015), Directed to the Sun (Quartier am Hafen, Cologne, 2017), Quitsa (CINNNAMON, Rotterdam, 2017) and the duo-show [to] (Kunstraum 34, Stuttgart, 2020). Recently she developed her research ‘Geo-astronomical relations: the moon and the river as our elements’ with students at ArtEZ University of the Arts in Arnhem.
Since 2014 van der Putten is part of the Peruvian collective Aloardi and in 2016 she founded Idraola. Productions include ‘Aloardi Exchange Programme 2016–2017’, and currently the performance ‘Voice-Skin #1’ in collaboration with composers Werner Durand, Philemon Mukarno and Chrs Galarreta, designers Arden Rzewnicki & Jesse Howard and photographer Gabrielle Barros Martins. Together with Chrs Galarreta she recently published a new version of their project ‘Invisible Architecture’ with the publication ‘I.A. Maastunnel’, a documentary in moving image and sound about the hidden acoustic characteristics of a historical tunnel in Rotterdam.
Janneke van der Putten completed a BDes from TXT (Textile) at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and a MMus in Artistic Research at the Royal Academy of Art & Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. She trained in classical North-Indian Dhrupad singing with Amelia Cuni and Marianne Svašek in Berlin and Rotterdam, and is autodidact in various extended vocal techniques. Her work has been supported by the Mondriaan Fund and CBK Rotterdam/Centre for Visual Arts Rotterdam.