Some recent solo exhibitions
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris 2009-10, 'L'Ane Vert' (intervention Ateliers nomade)
Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam 2008, 'Trojan Donkey & Animal Farm'
Etablissement d'en face projects, Brussels 2006, 'Animal Farm'
Galerie Nelson, Paris 2006, 'Travelling donkeys'
Galerie Kai Hilgemann, Berlin 2006, 'No animal shall walk on 2 legs'
Villa Arson, Nice 2005
Some recent group exhibitions
Sonsbeek 2008, Arnhem 2008, 'Grandeur'
Museum Ludwig, Cologne 2007, 'What does the jellyfish want?'
Fondation Yvon Lambert, Avignon 2004
Fotomuseum, Winterthur 2000, 'Remake Berlin'
Anna Tilroe [et al.], Sonsbeek 2008: Grandeur, Deventer: Thieme Art 2008
Eva Schmidt (ed.), Travels with my donkey, Berlin: DAAD 2003
Selected public and corporate collections
Fotomuseum Winterthur, CH • FRAC, Marseille, FR • Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, DE
Over the last couple of years, Stephen Wilks has been working on two major projects, Animal Farm and Trojan Donkey, using sculpture, drawing, performance and video. He drew his inspiration from the book Animal Farm published in 1945 by the British writer George Orwell, which tells the story of farm animals rebelling against the dictatorial regime of the farmer, taking over power and eventually creating a new dictatorship.
For Sonsbeek 2008 Wilks has been continuing his work on Trojan Donkey, a project with twelve lifesize cloth donkeys, each of the nomadic creations are given a transient home in a different part of the world with people who then confere the travelling donkey onto another host with whom they trust. They conceal photographs, letters and sketches of their experiences with the donkey in the animal's stomach and these accumulate in the belly and form a unique trace of the donkeys story. In Sonsbeek Park twelve 'new born' donkeys were carried on the shoulders of twelve human figures made of wood. They were placed in the deer enclosure on a rotating platform, on which they also rotated. One of the donkeys is gold-coloured. He is the art donkey which, after Sonsbeek, will travel on to hospitable art institutions. Trojan Donkey is a gradually growing, many-sided project that transcends political and territorial boundaries. It points to the bankruptcy of political systems, and to the readiness of individuals to support others and shoulder a burden.
Stephen Wilks was resident artist at the Rijksakademie in 1994-1995.
He won the Uriôt Prize (NL) in 1995.
Please call 1-800-555-5555 to order a print catalog for this sale.
Online Registration to Bid is Closed for this Sale. Would you like to watch the live sale?Watch Live Sale