Kim Schonewille (1982) is a visual artist and filmmaker who works and lives in The Netherlands. Her work includes video art and installations, performances, interventional and site-specific work. Next to her individual work she collaborates with international artists creating interdisciplinary projects.

Kim uses her personal physical experiences of space and combines this with theoretical perceptions on this subject obtained by her earlier conducted research. In her research on the borders of personal space she discusses and explores the concepts privacy and intimacy. Within these topics she plays with both the subjective rules of personal space and written rules of public space which together shape human behavior.

In 2005 she graduated from The Hague University of Applied Sciences where she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural and Social Development (CMV). Her second Bachelor’s degree is Audio Visual Design at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam where she graduated in 2009. During her time at the Academy in Rotterdam she joined an Erasmus exchange study program at the Universität der Künsten (University of Arts) in Berlin, where she studied Experimental Media Art. In 2014 Kim finished her Masters of Fine Arts at the Dutch Art Institute. During her Masters of Fine Arts she researched ‘abjection’ in contemporary art. In her thesis ‘Art Abjection – the Borders Between Art and the Viewer and Art as a Trap’ she focused on the response of the viewer and the impact of images on ones body and mind. The reaction of the body while experiencing attraction and repulsion simultaneously fascinates her. It is this ambiguous response that specifically interests her, because it is at precisely that moment a dialogue starts between the artwork and the viewer, initiating a relation between the two.

During the exhibition she creates opportunities for dialogue between the visitors. In the exhibition space her experiences in the cultural and social background and her vision and work as an artist come together.


Highlights 2014 – 2015

December 2015
Vandaler Forening – Play Hookey /// Winter Solstice 2015 in Oslo, Norway
Exhibition: Video screening of ‘Production of Space’ and ‘Dances Beneath the Oak/Consequential movement’

September 2015
SPAM! Network for Contemporary Arts, Porcari in Italy
Presentation: Performance, dance with integrated video. Collaboration and ongoing research project with choreographer Annika Pannitto and dancer Elisa D’Amico

June 2015
SpacioK – Is it my world? Prato in Italy
Performance: ‘On hospitality’, dance with integrated video. Collaboration and ongoing research project with Annika Pannitto and Elisa D’Amico

7 May 2015
CreArt (Network of Cities for Artistic Creation), Municipality of Kristiansand and University of Agder. Kristiansand in Norway
Presentation: ‘Rethinking Art Education’, about my personal experiences and vision on Art Education.

April 10 – June 21, 2015
Centraal Museum Utrecht in The Netherlands
Exhibition: ‘New World Academy’, collaboration with Jonas Staal

December 2014
Ariella Vidach/AiEP. DiDstudio Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan in Italy
Performance: ‘Piazza’, dance with integrated video. Collaboration research project with choreographer Annika Pannitto and dancer Elisa D’Amico

September/October 2014
Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven in The Netherlands
Exhibition: Mixed Media Installation and performance ‘The Hair Archive’

September 2014
Upominki, Rotterdam in The Netherlands
Exhibition: ‘We Are Here’, video installation

July/ August 2014
Online Art Magazine ‘48:Eight’ Edition July / August 2014.
Publication: Cover Story: Kim Schonewille (p. 19 – p. 37): http://issuu.com/theschoolcreativecentre/docs/newsletter_july_-_august_2014

8 May 2014
Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Rotterdam in the Netherlands
Performance: ‘Consequential Movement’, dance performance and video screening. Collaboration and ongoing research project ‘Dances Beneath The Oak’ with choreographer Annika Pannitto and dancer Elisa D’Amico

29 March – 1 June 2014
nGbK, Berlin in Germany
Exhibition: ‘Sriniketan: Craft as an Education of Living’ video screening at exhibition ‘Tagore’s Post Office’, made in India



2012-2014  Fine Arts (MA), Dutch Art Institute, Arnhem (NL)

2005-2009  Audio Visual Design (BA), Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam (NL)

2008           Erasmus exchange study program: Experimental Media Art at the
aaaaaaaaa  Universität der Künsten in Berlin

2001-2005  Social Work (BA), Haagse Hogeschool, Den Haag (NL)