Ciska Meister (she/they)
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along the lines of film, video and other forms of moving image.

When asked to characterise their practice, Ciska usually resorts to the description 'along the lines of film, video and other forms of moving image.' 

Whether it is as a filmmaker or artist, Ciska approaches creating work with the inclination to challenge the conventions, expectations and implications of the genre they work within. They consider it important to think in filmmaking-processes that centre critical (self-)reflection, rather than working towards a perfectly pre-conceptualised audiovisual end product. At the core of this practice is an ambition to build earnest, trusting and curious relationships with the people they work with (in front of and behind the camera). Often they depart from paradoxes; dissecting an ambiguous relationship to a question or theme. In their work, they tend to explore thematic intersections such as the ones where feminism crosses queerness, where film crosses theatre/performance, where academic research crosses intimate stories. In recent, they have been especially interested in exploring forms of non-story-telling; an ambition to untangle singular events and story-structures

Their study of Audiovisual Design at the art academy of Rotterdam, their minor in Philosophy at the Free University of Amsterdam and work as a freelancer in the cultural sector have shaped them to become a curious, analytical and critical filmmaker and artist, who doesn’t shy away from experiments.