Jikke Madelief Sara Lesterhuis

Jikke Lesterhuis was born in 1997 in Enschede, the Netherlands. She is currently based in West Cork, Ireland. She works with different media such as film, field recording, installation, and sculpture making her work multidisciplinary. 

“The experience of doing something for the first time, that's what it's all about for me, the victory over something you didn't know you could do before. One follows the other, I'm thriving on that.

A central theme that recurs with persistence is her deep-rooted fascination for movement and a reference to man’s relationship with nature. Jikke is obsessed with the absurd; the fundamental disharmony between our search for meaning and the meaninglessness of the universe. Therefore, she believes in questions rather than answers. With curiosity, experimentation, and fantasy at the helm of her art practice, she tries to find her way through the absurd and disclose different elements, political, social or cultural, that could be held responsible for the creation of our worldview. She aims to reveal the narrative of hidden things as she peers into the enormous, quiet world of things underfoot, and to foster empathy and interconnectedness among different species. Her art practice is related to the world around us, her own reality, and fantasies and strange figments of Jikke’s imagination.


2024 Kulturfactrory, Domicella, Italy (july)

2023 Crithir, West Cork, Ireland (september 2023 -  december 2023)

2023  Fish Factory - Stöðvarfjörður, Iceland (may)

2022  Studio Kura - Fukuoka, Japan (november)


2024 National Sculture Factory, Cork, Ireland

2024 Febuary 14 - 24 - NOSTALGIA, Millepiani, Rome, Italy (group)

2023 Oktober (18-21) Silent Frequencies screening at LAB111, Amsterdam Independent Film Festival 2023

2023   December - Solo Exhibition, CICA (Czong Institute for Contemporary Art) South Korea

2023   October - Holy Art Gallery, New York, USA (group)

2023   August - September - Stockwerk Project Plant Blindness Vol II, Weimar, Germany (group)

2023   August - September - CICA (Czong Institute for Contemporary Art) South Korea (group)

2023 August 10-14 - Re-writing us for the future, AMP Gallery, London

2023 July 19 - 23 - MESH Art Fair, Decentraland 

2022   Studio Kura, Itoshima, Japan (group)


2023 Tarkovski Grant

2023 Selected for Amsterdam Independent Film Festival 2023 @LAB111, Amsterdam

2022 AFK Stipendium

2022 Nomination Parool Beeldmakers

2021 Gemeente Amsterdam, Project Grant

2021 VSB, NJR, Project Grant

2021 AFK, Project Grant


2020  Minor Heritage and Built Environment, VU University

2020  Minor Exhibiting and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Amsterdam University of the Arts

2017    BA Cultural Heritage, Amsterdam University of the Arts

2017    Socratic Design Lab Humerto Schwab

2016    Gerrit Rietveld Academie, pre-course


2023 VPRO / NPO3 - De Ongestelde Vragenshow

2023 Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst

2022 Hivos

2022 Podimo - Dag en Nacht Media

2021 HUMAN - 3FM 

2021 VPRO Medialab/NPO3 - Maandverbond

2021 Echt Gebeurd - podcast

2020 Het Financieel Dagblad - Studio Europa

2020 VPRO Medialab

2020 Are We Europe Foundation

2019  Echt Gebeurd - podcast