Lisette Ros (NL, 1991) is a conceptual and performance artist. She uses her body as a tool in order to do research: as a quest towards society, unmasking how mechanisms work; conditioned by an understructure rooted in our basic, daily behavior, and as a quest towards her own, fluid identity: who is she, in the midst of it all? Currently identifying as humanimal, woman, queer, fluid and gay. But mostly, a hybrid form of existence, morphing between the fragmented categories of existing species.

While her performances always carry recognizable elements, she analyses routines and questions conventions, daily rhythms and their self-evidence. She sees the consequences of socio cultural praxis that affect us, whilst the peculiar element to her work is that this all cannot exist apart from her persona. Her body is therefor the pivotal space of action, the battlefield where these types of questions are asked; her ground for exploration. However, the concept is always in the lead. Therefore, the outcome of Ros’ projects are interdisciplinary; she always uses her own body to explore, do research and investigate, but the outcome can vary between different types of media. Getting the message across is the most important aspect.

Ros’ performances are marked by reiterations of the same gestures and acts, increasing the feelings of discomfort in the spectator. Ros’ body is symbol, tool and flesh at the same time. 

This is the profound reason why Ros’ aching need of understanding has to pass through her body. Feelings are confronting, but at the same time introduce her with vulnerabilities, her flesh, her blood. She is bleeding, she is breathing, she is wondering.

The Mirror (2019) snippet. Full video work – in collaboration with EYE Film Museum – now on show as part of the group exhibition ‘Wat voel je nou’ at MOYA Museum, Oosterhout, NL.


  • POSTPONED: The Fountain The Mirror The Old Guitar for INTERBELLUM #3 in collaboration with Gabriel Rolt, Frederiksplein, Amsterdam, NL.
  • 23-06-2022 – 15-08-2022: Reframing Conventions for INTERBELLUM #1 (2020) at ‘DING-A-DONG’ exhibition, video work, Prinsengracht 675, Amsterdam, NL.
  • 24-09-2022: My Self, the (First) Breath in collaboration with artist Leonard van Munster, de Biotoop, Amsterdam, NL. NOW ONLINE.
  • 22-10-2022: I Bruise Like A Peach live performance, location to be announced, Amsterdam, NL.
  • 23-10-2022: The Judge(ment) four-day Residency at de Rechtbank, Amsterdam, NL.
  • 12-11-2022: I’ll dance as fast as I can (2020) live performance at exhibition, MOYA Museum, Oosterhout, NL.
  • 12-11-2022 until 01-01-2023: The Mirror (2019) video work – in collaboration with EYE Film Museum – as part of the group exhibition ‘Wat voel je nou’ The Curators Room, MOYA Museum, Oosterhout, NL. Open for visitors.
  • 18-11-2022 until 10-04-2023: TRANCE (2019) collaborative video work with Asian Dope Boys by Tianzhuo Chen on show at Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, NL.
  • 17-12-2022: No Conectado (2022) live performance in collaboration with audio artist Nati Cerutti, ROT Studio, Barcelona, SP.
  • 30-12-2022: Live performance in collaboration with musician Diamanda Dramm, Amsterdam, NL. More to be announced soon.
  • New: The Judge(ment) 
    – New work in progress, Hilversum/Amsterdam, NL, 2022/2023.
    Collaboration with my father A.W.J. Ros.
  • New: My Humanoid Self, (Heavy) Metal
    – New work in progress, Iceland, 2022/2023.
    Performative installation.
  • New: I Bruise Like A Peach (2022)
    Live performance, torso piece, light installation.
    Collaboration with artists Sam Janssen and Melting Wang.
reframing conventions lisette ros performance artist sitting
Reframing Conventions for INTERBELLUM #1 (2013/2020) still shot during durational performance
Photo by Phaedra


© Biography by Sara van Bussel
© Teaser video of My Self, the (First) Breath by John Manceau and Lisette Ros
© Close-up light installation view I Bruise Like A Peach by Sam Janssen
© Lisette Ros

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