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I am Parel Strik (Brussels, 1997), living in Rotterdam. My artistic practice delves into the transformative power of encounters and dialogues in public spaces, with a profound interest in fostering connections and exploring themes of hospitality, self-care, and sustainability.
 

My diverse experience includes roles such as the community manager of the Rotterdamse Vrijheidsmaaltijden, where I orchestrate events that celebrate freedom, diversity, and communal connections. Additionally, I served as a guest curator for Paviljoen aan het Water. Besides that I develop and create conceptual dinners and public events where I am both a maker, host and programmer.
 

In 2024, I earned my Master’s degree in Fine Art from HKU with the project 'How to Care - Do You Care?'. During my bachelor's studies at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam in 2022, I investigated the “Ingredients of an Encounter” through Transformation Design.
 

My workspace transcends the traditional studio, extending into the public realm where I facilitate experiences that bring people together. I believe that meeting at the dinner table is a powerful way to connect, share stories, and nurture relationships.

Through my art, I aim to cultivate not only connections but also a deeper understanding of the care we extend to others, which is intrinsically linked to the care we offer ourselves.




 

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Exhibitions/Experiences

2024                                              

               Guest-curator for the month of July at Paviljoen ...aan het Water

 

           'How to Care - Do you care? - at BAK- basis voor actuele kunst
           As part of the Graduation show Master Fine Art HKU show - (Dis)-comfort Narratives: moving with the feeling

2023                                              

 

 

 

2022                                              

         
          

 

 

 

 

 

2021                                             

       

 

 



2020                                        ____
 

         Museumnacht Rotterdam -'Where do you sit?' - Het Nieuwe Instituut

2019                                              
 

         Grondstoffen - with Jennifer de Jonge - Museum het Warenhuis

2018                                              
 

         Fingerlicking Good - Dutch Design Week

2017                                              
 

         Workshop Make cutlery (with Steinbeisser) - Gerrit Rietveld Academy

         Lecture 'Introducing Food design' (with Creative Chef and de Culinaire Werkplaats)-  Gerrit Rietveld Academy


 

'Where do we ant?' a three day workshop with the first and second year bachelors fine art of HKU


Home-made dinner with Julija Mockuté - Dinner Session - Grey Space in the Middle

"Schouw me aan"    Art Rotterdam x Aanschouw

 

'Urban Cannibalism' - Live radioshow with Expodium on Stranded.FM

Making a (fruit) salad - Lab days/ Open day at HKU Master Fine Art


Hunger Walk - a score for a collective walk in Werkspoorkwartier (Utrecht) - Expodium


Graduation show 2022 - Willem de Kooning Academy 

Group show - Creating connections and rethinking surroundings - De Wasserij

Textiel Bienale (Food for thought') - 'Diner van de Maatschappij' - Museum Rijswijk

Graduation party 'Making a salad' - Willem de Kooning Academy


Publieke Werken Rotterdam

 

'Food/Eten' - Simulacrum Magazine Vol. 29, no. 4 

Future Intel 

Film festival Rencontres Internationales Berlin/Paris New Cinema and contemporary art

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