Map Bearers [kaartdragers in Dutch] is a freshly formed duo consisting of Tim van der Meer (1987) and Laurie Hermans (1988).

Tim van der Meer is an interdisciplinary artist based in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Her research evolves around the relationship between humans and nature. Through the use of various mediums, such as time-based video and performance, she wants to transport the viewer to a world of more primary needs and emotions. In her work she explores common cultural prejudices and social expectations, and the trust in the goodness and love in the world, or rather the lack of it. Ideas of warmth, shelter and safety are in stark contrast with a fear of the dark and the unknown.
She received her BFA with honours in 2010 from the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht. Traveling to different landscapes and cultures (Finland, Mongolia, Japan) is an essential part of her research, she participated in various residencies and projects around the world.
To learn more about the work of Tim van der Meer, please visit: www.timvandermeer.com


Laurie Hermans grew up in a small village in the area of Utrecht in the center of the Netherlands. Fascinated by human interactions and behavior, it was only naturally for her to study Cultural Anthropology and Political Sciences. Impressed and keen to learn from other cultures, she has been traveling as much as possible to, for example, South America, Asia the Middle East and Eastern Europe, apart from conducting fieldwork in Spain and Chile.
As “the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes” it is different perspectives which she aims to continuously discover and implement in everyday life.