Nabuurs & Van Doorn are Dutch artists and artistic researchers based in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Investigations take them to untouched archives, forgotten characters, and locations haunted with forlorn memories. Their laborious projects are intended to function as a fractured mirror reflecting humanity - or lack thereof. They use their toilsome body of research to compose installations, videos, imagery, writings, and performance. Their work has been featured in numerous exhibitions internationally including institutions such as the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, The New Museum in New York, The Villa Empain in Brussels, 12 Hay Hill in London and The Forgotten Bar Project in Berlin.
Their work belongs to collections such as the Van Abbemuseum Collection Eindhoven, the Lucius Buckhardt Foundation Basel, and the V&A Museum Collection London. International residencies include Hotel Furka Blick Switzerland (2016), FILTER Detroit (2017), Boghossian Foundation Brussels (2018), and Viafarini Milan (2019). The artists have participated in Documenta 12 (2007) and Documenta 14 (2017), and were nominated for the International Follow Fluxus Grant at Kunstverein Wiesbaden in 2013 and 2020. Nabuurs & Van Doorn have also received support from The Annemarie & Lucius Burckhardt Foundation in 2016 and 2019, and from the province of North Brabant from 2017-2019.
Nabuurs & Van Doorn’s Jam Party programme in 2006 transformed exhibition spaces as they covered ephemeral screens with projections. In 2008, their work A Stop for the Crowd was opened to the public in the social housing districts of Eindhoven as part of the Be(com)ing Dutch Exhibition. They presented their first large-scale film and architectural installation ...but now it needs to be done... at Likovni Salon in Slovenia in 2009, as well as in an underground Embassy in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2011.
In 2014, The Sea Awaits Your Return explored the ever-changing landscapes of former colonies, presented at Laznia Gdansk in Poland through moving image, sound, tests and architecture. Also in 2014, Morphing Lights shined at 12 Hay Hill during Frieze London.
In 2015, Nabuurs & Van Doorn participated in RADICATE at University Savona in Italy, which analyses global change through a contemporary art lens, where the Environmental and Energy Engineering department is developing the first example of a smart energy micro-grid.
The Zwischenlandschaften series was first initiated in 2016 with an in-depth investigation into the history of Hotel Furka Blick, Switzerland, once the epicentre of a fascinating ‘Open-Art-System’. The project reawakened a network of living legends by channelling content to a global audience at Documenta 14 in 2017 during which the artist presented a performance and film as manifestations of their discoveries.