Carmen Dusmet Carrasco is a Spanish visual artist and designer based in The Hague. Through her practice she explores how the body is affected by socio-economic structures that condition its survival. She engages with topics of self-representation, identity, labour, family and intergenerational debt, through collaborations, video, graphic design, sound and text. Her lexicon ranges from home-video to personal archives in low and high resolution. She describes, observes, reframing and negotiates in search of collective narratives.
In 2018, Carmen graduated from the Royal Academy of Art (The Hague) with a video installation titled Good News.The research investigates the semiotics of funding, questioning how neoliberal art policies promote individuality, while controlling individual behaviour. The speculative video unpacks the normative professional attributes prescribed by the creative industries. It oscillates between present funding semiotics, in the form of a performative karaoke, and a speculative future where performativity becomes the normative model for all social structures, including pension.
Over the course of the past two-years, Carmen engaged in a domestic ethnographic research involving many travels to Southern Spain. In an attempt to find what it means to practice care, she developed an obsession with capturing her mother’s precarious journey towards retirement. What began as a socio-economic study of female poverty in Spain led to an intimate negotiation of a mother-daughter relationship. Her research on intergenerational debt took the shape of a film titled The Swimming Pool. In her debut film Carmen focuses on a body already living through precarious pre-retirement conditions. Projecting the imagination of a younger generation onto a future that is unfolding, the film is an intergenerational prism. In its rawness, it unapologetically poses a confessional question: How can younger generations take care of the elderly while safeguarding their own future?
In October of 2020, Carmen co-initiated Home Cinema, an online temporary video broadcast, screening four days of video works from graduating students of the Sandberg Instituut, 2020. In spite of the pandemic and the limitations of gathering people, Home Cinema responds to the question: what can we see together now that we cannot see each other? She is currently exploring new ways of operating Home Cinema outside the Sandberg Instituut.
Amongst some of the organizations and practitioners I have worked with are Manifesta — The European Nomadic Biennial, Royal Academy of Art (KABK), Sandberg Institute, PUB, Subbacultcha, Viktor Naumovski, Jonathan Heilkema, Diego Grandry, Herman Kuijer, Metahaven, Stëfan Schäfer.
2018 – 2020 MA Design, Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam, NL
2016 – 2018 BA Graphic Design, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, NL
2013 – 2016 BA Graphic Design, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, NL
2012 – 2013 Exchange, Tilburg University, Tilburg, NL
2009 – 2012 BA Psychology, Universidad Complutense, Madrid, SP
2016 Metahaven, Amsterdam, NL
2016 Stëfan Schäfer, Amsterdam, NL
2019 WTF just happened, did i die?, Sociëteit SEXYLAND, Amsterdam, NL
2019 PUB Recovery Room @ Resident Advisor Cup, De School, Amsterdam, NL
2019 Nothing To See Here, The Picnic Pavilion, Casa Punto Croce, Venezia, IT
2019 SS Thu: launch ISSUE 4, San Serriffe, Amsterdam, NL
2019 Ooh, it’s so good, it’s so good it’s so good, i’m in love, fanfare, Amsterdam, NL
2019 From Precarity: PUB Journal #2, Fabulous Future, Amsterdam, NL
2018 Sectie-C: Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven, NL
2018 Singularity Now, Athens Digital Art Festival, Athens, GR
2018 Cleansed, Peeled, Liberated, KABK Graphic Design Graduation Show, The Hague, NL
2018 Dangerous WORDS–Off The Page, Words Off The Page, The Hague, NL
2017 The Gallery Divine, KABK, The Hague, NL
2017 Declaring Reason, Museum Meermanno | House of the book, The Hague, NL
2017 Bring Your Own Beamer x BARPLUS, Rotterdam, NL
2016 Temporary Assembly of Borderless States, Waag Society, Amsterdam, NL
2019 /b/channel w/ Plǝt – [2/6] Bad Posters, fanfare, Amsterdam, NL
2019 The Hmm (w/ Dyonna Benett), Roze Tanker, Amsterdam, NL
2017 Open Day, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, NL
2018 If It’s Not Alive, Then What Is It?, BA Thesis, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague
2020 A Matter of Optics: What matters is to find each other, Essay, Sandberg Institute