Julius Thissen is a multidisciplinary artist and artistic researcher based in Arnhem (NL)
Their works investigate notions of community and representation, masculinity, sports and competition.
With their photographic work, originating from their practice as a performance artist, Thissen aims to create narratives that investigate the fine line between performing and failing. These relations are strongly linked to contemporary performance driven culture and the influence of social expectations on our behaviour. The work also relates to personal experiences as a genderqueer trans masculine individual. Thissen strongly opposes the constraining and often binary narratives imposed on transgender and queer people.
Thissen has been nominated for the Hendrik Valk Price, Arnhemse Nieuwe and the Warsteiner Blooom Awards. In 2023 received the Artist Basic grant from the Mondriaan Fund.
Thissen frequently gives lectures, works as a guest teacher and takes part in panel discussions. For bookings, please click here.
Shortly after Julius started to work as an artist and curator in 2015 it became apparent there was a lack of diversity in the Dutch creative industry. As a member of the trans community, this sparked a need to start researching inclusionary and diversifying processes in the museum and the workplace.
Julius has organised several community based artistic research projects , symposia and exhibitions, bringing together intersectional groups of researchers and artists to investigate ways to make the museum more accessible and inclusive. The projects mainly focused on the transgender and queer community. This resulted in the symposium WHY AM I HERE? in 2018, which was the result of an artist in residence they organised together with Ali Venir. In 2021 Thissen was invited by Museum Arnhem to create a public in residence, which resulted in the group exhibition How Dare You Make Me Feel This Way 2022/23.
UNSEEN Amsterdam, UNFAIR ’22, Nederlands Fotomuseum, The Ulay Foundation, TENT Rotterdam, Showroom MAMA, P-OST Arnhem, Museum Arnhem, Garage Rotterdam, W139, Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen, Metro 54, Collectie de Groen, ExpoPLU, Art Rotterdam