About the Artists

Ivar Van Bekkum uses pole photography to take a picture of Esther Polak, laying on the ground.
Ivar pole photographs Esther

The Dutch artist couple Esther Polak and Ivar van Bekkum, operating under the name PolakVanBekkum, have a crunch for landscape and mobility (or motion or movement) and the experience of space. There are more ways to describe their work, but one that comes close to the essence is: Esther and Ivar make art that is about the poetry of mediation. In the words of philosopher, biologist and art critic Arjen Mulder: “If Esther and Ivar would have been sculptors they would always shown you the role of the hammer and chisel together with the sculpture.”

Although most of their projects are built around mobility patterns of other people or objects, every now and then they appear in their projects themselves.  Still, they are always involved in their tests and studies.

In the picture Esther lies on the ground on the Gorsselse Heide while Ivar takes a photo with a camera mounted on a fishing rod.