Manon de Boer (Kodaicanal, India, 1966) currently lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. She studied photography and sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rotterdam between 1985 and 1990 and the Rijksacademie in Amsterdam between 1990 and 1992. She began working with film, video and sound in 1996, using personal, individual narration as a method and exploring the relationship between language, time and claims to truth. In 2008 she had a solo show at Frankfurter Kunstverein (Frankfurt) and at the Witte de With (Rotterdam). Previously in 1999 she showed her work at Stedelijk Museum Bureau, the project space of the Museum in Amsterdam.
Her work has also been screened at Raum Aktueller Kunst (Vienna), Mood Salon and Bios (Athens), MUHKA-Media, (Antwerp), KVS (Brussels), the International Film Festival of Rotterdam, and the Venice Biennale. De Boer’s 2003 film Sylvia Kristel – Paris won the Prix Marseille Espérance at the International Competition FID, Marseille, in 2006. That year she also won the prize for Best Experimental Film at the 14th Curtas Metragens Vila do Condo Film Festival, Portugal.
Gold does not take on any dirt. And gold, just are diamonds, is an exalted material. It possesses such a degree of abstraction that it encounters you –if you use it artistically– on an already exalted level.