Mathild Clerc-Verhoeven (TXT) – French Shopping, an Anthology


For FRENCH SHOPPING: AN ANTHOLOGY, Mathild interviewed shoplifters. They discussed craft: her, as a tailor, them, as shoplifters, along with the practice of everyday life. How shoplifting it is not just something that they do, but also what shoplifting does to them! Singular experiences, sharp, fragile and illegal theories.  


Her aim was then to set up, through words, the impossible encounter between different subjectivities. She asked other people to discover these texts, in front of a camera. What does it triggers in us, to embody ones word, thought, morals. Thanks to them, who played the game of this subjective encounter. 



The Gerrit Rietveld Academie is proud to present the video portraits of selected graduation projects of 2021 as part of Rietveld Review(ed). With these portraits, we highlight and celebrate remarkable art projects from the next generation of artists. 


Rietveld Review(ed) is part of the Graduation Show’s side programme. Independent, external committees were asked to reflect on the Graduation Show (7-11 July 2021) as a whole and to signal current tendencies and themes within the exhibition. The reflections and observations were processed by the Rietveld Academie into a reflection report.


The committees were also asked to select several projects by graduates that support these observations. Presenter and program creator Luuk Heezen and cameraman Rik Lauwen then created video portraits of these selected projects and their makers. The two-to-four-minute videos offer an accessible way to explore these intimate and personal art projects further and get to know the artists and designers behind the projects – something which might not have been possible for visitors amidst the plethora of art works in the exhibition, or because the art projects could only receive a limited number of visitors due to the COVID-19 outbreak.