Vivian Mac Gillavry (1991)

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My practice is influenced by my background in anthropology. My work often starts with a question, when the work develops further even more questions arise.

Yet, I believe the artworld is a place where you do not necessarily have to have an impact on society, where things do not have to be useful or make sense. Art can be a place where fact and fiction are intertwined.

I want to create a sort of world or landscape in which the viewer is encouraged to wonder or fantasize about the forms and their meaning.


09/2016 – 07/2021
Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam
Bachelor of Fine Arts & Design

09/2015 – 07/2016
Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
Social and Cultural Anthropology (Msc)

09/2011 – 07/2014
Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam 
Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology (Bsc)


Otto Hetterscheid Stimuleringsprijs - Nominated

SBK Sprouts Young Talent Award - Nominated
Clients and collaborations


No Academy

Research Center for Material Culture

Museum Volkenkunde


Het Groote Museum

Vrije Universiteit

Gerrit Rietveld Academie




Urban Sound Lab

Hogeschool van de Kunsten Utrecht

Afdeling Buitengewone Zaken

Gemeente Amsterdam

Gerrit Rietveld Academie Profileringsfonds

Max Cohen Fonds

Steven Engelsman Grant

ASC Academy Grant

JoKolk Studiefonds