Phelim Hoey (*1984, Hilversum, the Netherlands) is an artist based in Amsterdam who primarily works with photography. In 2011 he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, a neurological disorder that can disrupt the body’s functioning.
Autonomy and independence are considered important in western society, and is often a big part of one’s identity. In Phelim’s case, being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, it is no longer self-evident that the body carries out actions, sometimes not even the simplest. These experiences lead to alienation, fear and an instrumental vision towards the body. With the loss of the certainty of a functioning body, the identity is also compromised. ‘Who am I’, and how the disease influences his identity is something Phelim will research the coming year. The project will consist of a personal diary, motion studies, films and sculptures.
In 2017 Phelim received the Emerging Artists award from Mondriaan Fund. The still untitled project he is working on will be shown at Art Rotterdam (6 – 10 February 2019, De Van Nellefabriek, Rotterdam) and will also be part of The Irish Photo Festival 2019 that will launch on the 4th of July at the The Museum of Contemporary Photography of Ireland, Dublin.