Tenant of Culture

Born in 1990

Hometown: London, UK

Tenant of Culture (the artistic practice of Hendrickje Schimmel) is a London-based artist whose sculptural practice involves garments while interrogating the fashion industry. The artist holds a BA in Womenswear at Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Zwolle and a MA in Mixed Media from the Royal College of Art. By disassembling and rebuilding manufactured garments, the artist examines where ideological, political, or cultural perspectives materialise in the various stages of the production and marketing of apparel. Using deconstruction as a method to gain insight into industrial processes, Tenant of Culture seeks materials sourced from various stages of the garment production cycle that relate to recent trends in fashion and their socio-political histories, and interrogate the ambiguous ethics of production as well as the commercial strategy of material obsolescence that enforces capitalist overproduction. Her works examine the strategic codification of visual languages and techniques in luxury commodity production that obscure or expose dynamics of power, domination and assertion of class via a constant re-/de-valuation of goods.

Group Exhibition

The Community Centre

22.05. — 20.06.2021

Group exhibition

Bonington Gallery

04. — 30.03.2019

Group exhibition


13. — 20.10.2018

Tenant of Culture