Bio

Marika Vandekraats (she/her) is an artist from the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, also known as Vancouver, Canada. Her research focuses on the human entanglements tied between nature and capital to frame extractivist processes that have irreversibly affected the climate. This interest stems from her settler identity and her Dutch ancestry, which has led her to relocate to The Netherlands to research her familial histories in migration and settler colonialism. Her work takes shape through video, sculpture, text, and performative installations that utilize archival research to challenge its context. Vandekraats regularly collaborates with friends in performance, video, and workshops to form solidarity and collective resistance against structures of oppression with the exaltation of kinship. Vandekraats has a MA in Art Praxis and Critical Theory from the Dutch Art Institute (2022, NL) and a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design (2016, CA). She is currently based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.