Monday, 29 May 2023

On the Road featured in Between Borders exhibition

Between Borders - Migration, power and boundless imagination
3 June - 22 October 2023

With the exhibition Between Borders, Museum Arnhem offers different perspectives on contemporary migration. The museum invites visitors to delve into personal stories about migration. These are stories by visual artists, designers and the public itself. The experience of migration, recognition and empathy is central to this.

Several pieces from the On the Road collection are soon on show at Museum Arnhem.
'On the Road' is inspired by immigrants and nomads. It is about the double meaning of being on the road, out of necessity or for pleasure. It's about free people, without a country. But at the same time people who are attached to their origins.

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All images are by Kris Micallef

Monday, 22 May 2023

Tussen Grenzen - Museum Arnhem

Yinka Buutfeld
Between Borders - Migration, power and boundless imagination
3 June - 22 October 2023

With the exhibition Between Borders, Museum Arnhem offers different perspectives on contemporary migration. The museum invites visitors to delve into personal stories about migration. These are stories by visual artists, designers and the public itself. The experience of migration, recognition and empathy is central to this.

All over the world, people move across borders for all kinds of reasons. In the 21st century, more people than ever migrate for all kinds of political, economic and environmental reasons. At the same time, travelling is increasingly difficult for a great many people. How difficult, or easy, it is, is often determined by your passport. Which countries welcome you and which do not? And when you are in another country, when do you feel at home? In the exhibition Between borders, artists, fashion and jewellery designers, and Arnhemmers alike share their answers to those questions.

Between borders consists of two parts. From 3 June, young fashion and jewellery designers living in the Netherlands will show work about living and working between two worlds. From 15 July, (inter)national artists and Arnhemmers will also share their personal experiences with borders and migration.

Branko Popovic_photo Kris Micallef
Migration and fashion
The first part of Between Borders opens on June 3. It shows body-related design, such as fashion and jewelry, by 19 designers living in the Netherlands with a migration background. Migration has long been a topical subject in the fashion world, especially with young makers such as Armia Yousefi, Lisa Konno and Denzel Veerkamp. Interest in this theme is also increasing in the jewelery industry. This becomes visible in the work of designers such as Luisa Kuschel, Kalkidan Hoex and Fleuri la Belle, who graduated from ArtEZ. The exhibition focuses on the personal stories of the makers and their experiences as designers in the Netherlands. Seven of them made new work especially for Between Borders. In addition, filmmaker Elisabetta Agyeiwaa is making a documentary in which nine participating designers have their say.

The month of June is fashion month in Arnhem. In Arnhem, various partners (State of Fashion, ArtEZ, Fashion + Design Festival Arnhem (FDFA), Rijn IJssel and Museum Arnhem) work together in the field of fashion. Museum Arnhem and FDFA have joined forces to choose eight makers who are affiliated with the city of Arnhem. Their work is shown in Between Borders.

Participating artists and designers:
Abdulrazaq Awofeso, Ala' Albaba, Armia Yousefi, Atousa Bandeh Ghiasabadi, Avantia Damberg, Berni Searle, Branko Popovic, Chequita Nahar, Daniela Ortiz, David Paulus, Denzel Veerkamp, Desiree Dolron, Domenique Himmelsbach de Vries, Fleuri la Belle, Fransje Killaars, GARCIA BELLO, Heba Y. Amin, Judith Westerveld, Kalkidan Hoex, Karim Adduchi, Laura Samsom-Rous, Lida Abdul, Lisa Konno, Loïs Brandsen, Luisa Kuschel, Marc Bijl, Marcos Kueh, Maja Simišić, Mehdi Mashayekhi, Meschac Gaba, Mirthe Dokter, Murat Akbas, Oussama Tabti, Paulo Nazareth, Raafat Ballan, Reena Saini Kallat, Roshini Kempadoo, Sara Blokland, Sawangwongse Yawnghwe, Serge Alain Nitegeka, Susanne Khalil Yusef, Tintin Wulia, Tjong Ang, Umut Yasat, Wallen Mapondera, Xhosa, Yinka Buutfeld, Yuchen Li, Zyanya 



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Thursday, 18 May 2023

Zlin Design Week 2023

award ceremony performance

The Zlin Design Week festival took place from 3 to 10 May. The programme of the ninth editions of the festival introduced visitors to universal design principles at various locations in Zlín. Build around the theme of “Design for All” the programme focus was inclusivity in design. This years edition contained Best in Design Competition exhibition, Fashion Show of young designers, parties, award show, a conference and so on. 

Like last yeas I have been invited to take part in the jury panel of Best in Design competition. In addition, I took part in a panel by Design CANTEEN. Together with Jeffrey Heiligers from 1m2 Collective the conversation involved inclusivity in festivals.

The Design for All exhibition offered an overview of how universal design involves our lives, with several examples of specific solutions.
“Our intention was to see the exhibition as a place where a clothing designer, a furniture company owner, an urban architect, and a local cultural enthusiast can meet, and the projects on display can pass on something to each of them – a reflection on the value of design in our lives, on what a universal and inclusive approach brings to us, a spark for debate about the possible barriers we all commonly encounter. We are very pleased that the curators Thea Urdal and Herman Greng Billett from Norway and the duo of Slovak architects Tomáš Tholt and Danica Pišteková have been involved in the preparation,”
says festival director Jitka Smolíková.
The exhibition was set in building 61 of the former Bata industrial complex.

Best in Design Competition for Young Designers

Zlin Design Week supports new talents who want to discover and develop new paths for design and they do so with the “Best in Design” competition for creatives under 30. The finalists of the fourteenth edition of the competition were exhibited at the G18 Gallery. The exhibition provided a space for connecting clothing, visual communication, and industrial solutions, products, and services.
The work of the finalists and winners across the past years of the “Best in Design” competition is presented in a Fashion show set in the unusual space of the Tomas Bata Memorial in Zlín. The Fashion show with respect to the Tomas Bata Memorial will take place on 10 May, preceded by a programme of discussions and workshops related to the universal design and inclusive fashion festival theme.


Winners of Best in Design competition 2023 are:
Fashion Design category winner is Marija Petraityte from Lithuania. In the fashion category second and third place was taken by Katarína Mydliarová and Jana Vaterková.
Michal Zmek won third place in the Product & Industrial Design category, the second place went to Timea Kepová and the first place to Zuzanna Wójcik.
Tereza Vašková placed third in the Service Design category, Alina Karl took the second place and the winner of this category was Matêj Malecha.
In the Communication category, co-creators Tim Stange and Fabian Meyer shared the third place, Julie Ditetová won the second place and the winner was Adrián Gubrica with impressive Mariupol Memoirial project.
And the overall winner of the entire Best in Design competition is none other than Zuzanna Wójcik!

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Accompanying programme

The ZDW festival creates a platform for young designers, professionals, and the public to meet. Special installations were places in public spaces throughout Zlín, prepared in cooperation with festival partners and other designers. Visitors could broaden their horizons during discussions on the podcast platform “Design CANTEEN” or during guided tours.
Various workshops gave design lovers the space to involve their own creativity, while at the one-day design market, they can buy something from the offer of selected Czech and Slovak brands in a Pop-up Shop.
At the same time, other exhibitions are taking place in Zlín and its surroundings, such as Inspiration: Le Corbusier at Zlín Castle, which presents the ideas of the great 20th-century architect and the work of Czech and foreign designers who are inspired by modernism and brutalism of the last century. 

Zlin Design Week
Zlin Design Week is a week-long design festival where everyone can find inspiration. Through the festival, we are creating for the ninth time a platform for presentation, expression, sharing, unexpected connections, and meeting young designers with professionals. We support young talents and bring fresh air to the design field. The project was created in 2015 at the Faculty of Multimedia Communications at Tomas Bata University in Zlín thanks to the interdisciplinary collaboration of design, marketing, photography, and audiovisual. 

Sunday, 14 May 2023

Global Design Graduate Show 2023

Arts Thread announced the launch of Global Design Graduate Show 2023, with GUCCI returning as the exclusive sponsor for their fourth consecutive year. Launching at the same time is the Global Design Graduate Shows virtual gallery & stories on Google Arts & Culture, who through our relationship with Gucci, have agreed to support the initiative. Please see below links to the Global Design Graduate Show area on Google Arts & Culture. 


Just like previous years, Arts Thread will showcase all of the finest end-of-year work from all creative students graduating this year in every art & design category, such as visual communication, film, fashion, textiles, interior, architecture, visual arts, contemporary craft, industrial & product design and more. 


Last year's Global Design Graduate Show was a huge success with 5489 entries representing 117 countries from 439 higher education institutions, surpassing the previous year's achievement. There was a combined editorial and social reach of 23 million. Over the last 3 years hundreds have gained employment or launched their own brands thanks to this proactive initiative - making it the only global showcase of graduating artists & designers worldwide.


This year sees Arts Threads Global Design Graduate Show partner with Google Arts & Culture GA&C to create an area on the GA&C site showcasing the success stories of previous Global Design Graduate Show winners as well as a virtual gallery for the winners from 2022. The collaboration with Google Arts and Culture means that studentswork will reach a further audience which can help launch their independent businesses or gain employment within the creative industries.

Saturday, 22 April 2023

Rewire Festival 2023

Kelela_ Jan Rijk
12th edition of the annual international festival for adventurous music

From Thursday April 6 to April 8 various locations in the Dutch city of The Hague unravelled a multi-sensorial and interdisciplinary adventure around the art of sound. Completely blank I entered the already 12th edition (why was I never there before?) with more than 200 activities including 25 world premieres

In addition to the overwhelming line-up, with the context program Inter/Relations the packed program ‘explored how recognizing fluid boundaries between humans, nature, and technology, and establishing connections between times and territories are fundamental for contemporary and experimental music and sound practices.'

It is precisely this fluidity of narratives, worlds, disciplines and approaches that was embodied and felt throughout the entire program and performances I attended. The power of imagination, driven by the affective power of art, which was omnipresent in most of the presentations, literally enlarged your world or transported it momentarily to other dimensions. From sacred sensations, queerness and fetishism to post-human speculations and cultural diversity, and so on, a new world in which there is room for many worlds unfolded in churches, culture houses, music temples, public spaces or inside your imagination.

The great thing about the program, which is characterized by many crossover collaborations, is that, despite your taste, the whole of the experience gives room to appreciate everything on its own quality. Although highly innovative, the craftsmanship of sound artistry was also very tangible. 

Patti Smith & Soundwalk Collective_photo Parcifal_Werkman

Still, nothing beats like Patti Smith; in collaboration with the Soundwalk Collective, who, with her contribution of the inexhaustible intrinsic engagement and hope, wired the themes of the festival and proposals of the artists all together to a convincing immaterial values of art. Never before has the sublime and complex meaning of Easter been so clear to me.

Sunday, 2 April 2023

Workwear exhibition the Nieuwe Instituut

Workwear, ‘A Different Kind of Fashion Exhibition’ at Het Nieuwe Instituut

From 26 March 2023, Rotterdam based Het Nieuwe Instituut pays tribute to functional fashion with the Workwear exhibition. Originally designed as protection and support for labourers while they performed heavy tasks, workwear became a potent working-class symbol, and today its presence on the street and catwalk cannot be ignored.

Some clothes need no description: a number like M-65, G1 or 501 is enough to summon images of, respectively, a field jacket, flight jacket or denim classic. Migrating from the army base, airfield or factory, such garments became widely worn fashion items. Designers like Massimo Osti and Helmut Lang transformed them into staples of boutiques worldwide; fashion pioneers like Elsa Schiaparelli and Yohji Yamamoto turned them into luxury couture.

With the Workwear exhibition, the Nieuwe Instituut delves into the world of functional fashion for the first time. London-based curator Eldina Begic became fascinated by work clothing and fashion’s social role during her PhD research. While most fashion reinforces notions of individuality or social status, work clothing does precisely the opposite: it radiates equality and solidarity. According to Begic, workwear therefore represents a utopian ideal. The Workwear exhibition, then, is a different kind of fashion exhibition. It celebrates the history, functionality and impact of clothing originally designed for working people but that is now worn by everyone and inspires countless fashion designers worldwide.

Says curator Eldina Begic: “I think this is an important exhibition, because the utopian qualities of workwear offer a blueprint for a different kind of fashion – clothing that stands for durability and solidarity. Above all, the exhibition celebrates the inspiring and empowering quality of these clothes, which is often overlooked. And the show is full of surprises in the way it connects workwear to radical ideas in art, design and politics.”

Says Aric Chen, General and Artistic Director of Nieuwe Instituut: “We’re pleased to present this exhibition that shows how functional design has helped shape the social and cultural dimensions of fashion and, in following, our societies and cultures themselves. Workwear brings up questions around class, labour, solidarity and equality—while also revealing the beauty, ingenuity and creativity to be found in the utilitarian.”

The exhibition

Begic has selected dozens of vintage classics, current looks and futuristic experiments for Workwear. Among the items on display are tabi boots (popularised by fashion house Maison Martin Margiela), Lygia Clark’s participatory ’therapy’ jumpsuits and masks, the ‘Flexicap’ by Maria Blaisse, items from Helmut Lang’s Stellar Collection, overalls by Yohji Yamamoto, the 11-person Red Coat rain suit by Nicola L, a jumpsuit by London vintage collectors Vintage Showroom, and the ‘space suit’ with zip-off legs worn by members of the Dutch Provo movement. There are also jumpsuits by the Italian futurist Thayaht and by designer Aleksander Rodchenko, theatre costumes by avant-garde designers Stepanova and Popova, X-rays of Neil Armstrong’s moon landing suit and a Bonne Suit by Amsterdam designer Bonne Reijn.

The pieces are displayed on wooden mannequins within an exhibition design by Rotterdam-based studio Cookies, Collin Keys and Edward Zammit. The wooden panels with the cut-outs from the mannequin parts are being reused as panels for the accompanying texts. The exhibition’s graphic design is by Isabelle Vaverka.

In addition, especially for the exhibition, two Rotterdammers have created new works exploring the future of workwear. Designer Sam Cruden of custom jeans brand C.Cruden presents an installation focusing on the life cycle of indigo jeans. Spoken word artist Elten Kiene has written a workwear manifesto in the context of the exhibition. Families with children can explore Workwear by taking part in a free Family Expedition. 

Bonne Suits x Nieuwe Instituut
Bonne Reijn of fashion label Bonne Suits made a limited edition Bonne Suits x Nieuwe Instituut jacket in an exclusive green color especially for Workwear. The jacket, of which there are only 100 copies, will be available for the first time during the opening. 


For the festive opening on Saturday evening, the Nieuwe Instituut transformed its arcade behind the building into an enormous catwalk.
The Wearwork fashion show has been curated for the occasion by designer Ninamounah of the eponymous fashion label. About three hundred visitors witnessed the work of up-and-coming labels Hardeman, Kaam Kari LA, Schepers Bosman, Das Leben am Haverkamp, HEH, Pablo Salvador Willemars and Camiel Fortgens, who each designed a number of items that represented their personal interpretation of workwear.

In addition, especially for the exhibition, two Rotterdammers have created new works exploring the future of workwear. Designer Sam Cruden of custom jeans brand C.Cruden presents an installation focusing on the life cycle of a pair of jeans. Spoken word artist Elten Kiene has written a workwear manifesto in the context of the exhibition.

The Workwear the exhibition can be visited until 10 September 2023 in Gallery 2 of the Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. For more information, please visit

source text: Het Nieuwe Instituut
Photography: Aad Hoogendoorn

Sunday, 12 March 2023

Táctica Sintáctica - Marres

Táctica Sintáctica 

Touching With Your eyes, Seeing With Your Hands

9 Mar 2023 — 28 May 2023, Marres Maastricht 

The exhibition Táctica Sintáctica subverts museum rules in order to provide space to the body. Art works are scattered in the rooms, some partly hidden, others can only be viewed when visitors are willing to squat, climb or kneel down. The artist Diego Bianchi takes every opportunity to awaken, surprise and touch the visitors.
For this exhibition, he transforms together with the poet and curator Mariano Mayer a selection of art works from the Museo CA2M Collection and the ARCO Foundation Collection (Spain). The selection includes work by David Hockney, Julia Spínola, Bruce Talamon, Dan Flavin, Dora García, Jimmie Durham, Günther Förg, Zoe Leonard, Joachim Koester, and many others. They insert new works and frame them in a new strategy (táctica) of loose ends (sintáctica). By reframing the collections, they also displace the identity and sensuality of the bodies around them. Táctica Sintáctica thus invites visitors to move and play to discover infinite perspectives. The radical question is: what movements and identities are hidden and reflected in art exhibitions? And what does the body want?

Táctica Sintáctica started in 2022 as part of the series Dubbing the Voice of the Museo Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo in Madrid. In this series, artists are invited to provide new perspectives on the collections. Through disruptions, unforeseen interpretations and new ways of speaking, artists open up collections for new productions. To re-load and design Táctica Sintáctica in Marres marks the second phase of this opening-up process. Here, the exhibition offers not a perspective on an anchored collection but instead a group show unmoored from institutional history and memory. 

Diego Bianchi and Mariano Mayer:
“It all started as a game. We wanted to build an entire landscape of works within a museum. One composed of heterodox elements, rising high and piled on top of each other, able to serve as a critique of the clinicality and neutrality in which works of art are exhibited. We wanted to take some time to imagine that works were once again things of the world. In doing so, we began to see them as particles circulating, exposed to light or danger. The sensitive bond we re-establish with objects allows us to rediscover our tactility and recollection. To prevent our tactile emotions from becoming a haze that would engulf the works, we needed to release materials that were unfinished, soft, hot, cold, hard, rough. Caressing, massaging, elongating the materials; finding other forms in the repetition, in the touch and feel, in the gestures. Sculptural objects embody a moment in time; they teach us to think with our hands. Our eyes allow us to discover the distance that exists between our body and what we want to touch. They have nothing to do with our visual enjoyment; they merely measure how far from or close to whatever we want to touch we are.”

Táctica Sintáctica is the second in a series of re-loads Marres started in 2020 with the exhibition Codex Subpartum, a new version of an exhibition in which three artists created musical pieces on the basis of the collection of the Sztuki Museum in Lodz, Poland.

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Tuesday, 7 March 2023

Open Call for entries - 15th FASHIONCLASH Festival

14th edition of the international and interdisciplinary FASHIONCLASH Festival will take place from 17 - 19 November 2022 in Maastricht (The Netherlands).

During this three-day festival, a new generation of designers and performing artists from all over the world are given the opportunity to show their work to a broad (inter)national audience. The program with exhibitions, performances, fashion film screenings and awards, talks and workshops showcases projects that explore, contextualize and celebrate contemporary fashion culture.

FASHIONCLASH Festival is a three-day international and interdisciplinary festival for designers and (performing) artists who investigate, contextualize and celebrate contemporary fashion culture. FCF is all about discovering and supporting talent, driving and co-shaping current developments in the fashion (world), opening up these developments to a wide audience and initiating active public participation. The festival consists of a multidisciplinary and polyphonic program based on a selection from the proposals submitted via the open call and the projects initiated by FASHIONCLASH itself, which are developed in co-production with other organizations. FASHIONCLASH Festival is accessible to everyone via ticket sales and/or for free.

Open Call for entries
There are currently two open calls for participation in the 15th edition of the festival.

The CLASH House (development trajectory and performance Program)

The CLASH House, as part of the Performance Program of FASHIONCLASH Festival, is a showcase for a game-changing new generation of designers, who focus on crossovers with fashion and other art disciplines, in particular with performing arts. Participants are challenged to experiment with presentation forms in which storytelling, immersive experiences and inclusivity are central. With The CLASH House, FASHIONCLASH gives each selected participant a coaching trajectory provided by artists from the field of performing arts. The aim is to develop performances that can contribute to the innovation of the discipline, stimulate artistic development of the designers and facilitate the dialogue on what fashion is and can be.

Fashion Film Program
The fashion film (short fashion film) is an established format in which designers and brands are presenting their ethics and aesthetics. In this digital era, it is one of the more effective and sustainable ways to capture a fashion narrative and to reach a wide audience via online platforms and media. Challenging the norms of traditional presentations, advertising techniques, and moving fashion shoots, both independent designers and large fashion houses have embraced film as an art form. Besides the fashion film genre, there has been a rise of digital fashion in recent years. Designers have been digitally presenting their work in the form of a video or film, out of necessity or because they choose audiovisual tools to present their work.

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FASHIONCLASH Festival is an initiative of the Maastricht (Netherlands) based FASHIONCLASH Foundation, an interdisciplinary showcase and development platform and a worldwide network of new generation fashion makers and (performing) artists. Since 2009, the FASHIONCLASH has realized more than 200 projects in the Netherlands and abroad.

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Aftermovie FASHIONCLASH Festival 2022

Saturday, 4 March 2023

LCF Postgraduate Class of 2023

London College of Fashion presented the Postgraduate Class of 2023 in East London (The Truman Brewery) during London Fashion Week.

The showcase featured work from their three world-leading design, communications and business schools, demonstrating how LCF students look beyond the traditional notions of fashion to imagine a new and imaginative future. The two-day exhibition offered a unique perspective into LCF’s postgraduate work by immersing visitors in the future of fashion through displays of design, film, photography, VR and more from LCF’s boundary-breaking students.

The show was an impressive and hopeful view into the future with holistic takes of sustainability and inclusivity as key themes. Not to forget, the convincing presentations, the craftmanship and diverse skills.

More information about the Class of 2023

Impression from the presented work

Magdalena Abakanowicz - Tate Modern

In the 1960s and 70s, the Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz created radical sculptures from woven fibre. They were soft not hard; ambiguous and organic; towering works that hung from the ceiling and pioneered a new form of installation. They became known as the Abakans.

This exhibition presents a rare opportunity to explore this extraordinary body of work. Many of the most significant Abakans will be brought together in a forest-like display in the 64-metre long gallery space of the Blavatnik Building at Tate Modern.

The exhibition explores this transformative period of Abakanowicz’s practice when her woven forms came off the wall and into three-dimensional space. With these works she brought soft, fibrous forms into a new relationship with sculpture. A selection of early textile pieces and her little-known drawings are also on show.

Magdalena Abakanowicz was born in 1930 in Poland and came of age during the Second World War. Living in Poland under the Communist regime, she established a career as an international artist and her work is included in many public and private collections around the world.

Exhibition organised by Tate Modern in collaboration with the Fondation Toms Pauli at the Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne/Plateforme 10 and Henie Onstad Art Centre, Høvikodden.

Saturday, 25 February 2023

University of Salford MA Show 2023

13 designers showcased at Univeristy of Salfard MA catwalk

This season the University of Salford presented collections from thirteen MA graduate designers at their London Fashion Week runway show held at Phonica Records in Soho. 

Spanning themes of body modification, the queer rave scene, and the history of the Femme Fatale - The University of Salford showcased a roster of fresh designers expressing cultural and political issues through innovative design.






WE ARE 1 - Nike AF1

Filmmaker Enrico Poli joins forces with Undervilla to create a visually stunning piece following Nike AF1’s 40th anniversary.


Orlando: The New Chapter at Z33

Orlando: The New Chapter is an artistic research project based on Virgina Woolf’s novel Orlando. With this project a number of students from Toneelacademie Maastricht (Maastricht Theatre Academy) were linked to the content of the Fitting In exhibition at Z33 in Hasselt (Belgium)

Orlando describes the life of a poet whose gender changes from male to female and who lives for centuries. A beautiful, poetic look at gender, identity, poetry, time, love and life. Students reflect on themes of gender, feminism, transformation and identity, building an additional chapter to the book. What would Orlando do in today’s society? What commitment would Orlando make and in what context?

Throughout the evening, the Nocturne on February 9th, there were a number of short individual performances (personal artistic reflections) throughout the building that were visual and performative translations of the new ‘chapter’ for Orlando.

Participating students: Varenka Theunynck, Sasha Kurensky, Yorviq Macaay, Stefan Droger, Beaudine Dermine, Kato Cornil

Supervision: Branko Popovic (FASHIONCLASH, co-curator Fitting In) and Joost Horward (Toneelacademie)

Impressions from the Nocturne, February 9th at Z33 
All images by Branko Popovic 

Saturday, 18 February 2023

Hrair Sarkissian: The Other Side of Silence

Hrair Sarkissian: The Other Side of Silence at Bonnefanten Museum Maastricht

The Other Side of Silence is the first mid-career survey in the Netherlands by the Syrian-Armenian artist Hrair Sarkissian (born 1973, Damascus, Syria) - one of today's leading conceptual artists working with photography. In The Other Side of Silence, Sarkissian reveals the muted wounds behind scenes of conflict, which are often realised in his signature life-sized photographs.

Following its presentation at Sharjah Art Foundation and Bonniers Konsthall, the Bonnefanten exhibition presents the most extensive body of work, featuring two new commissions, Last Seen (2021-2022) and Sweet and Sour (2022), as well as works not previously included on the exhibition tour.

The Bonnefanten presentation also coincides with a time, where there is an increase in global movement due to conflict and civil unrest. Sarkissian's penetrating works call on everyone not to shut their eyes and to remain open to what is not told and disseminated.

Sarkissian's practice has involved recuperative acts drawn from personal memory, as well as a resuscitation of hidden histories, which have been developed through in-depth research and human encounter. The artist has continued, since his youth, to capture his images with an analogue large-format camera, where human figures are most often absent.

Many of Hrair Sarkissian's works emerge from personal seats of memory. These lines of inquiry initiate processes of detailed research and exploration. Born in Syria - the grandson of Armenian genocide refugees, much of his work can be interpreted as an investigation into the concealed emotional contexts that suffuse the lives of myriad diasporic communities.

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Friday, 17 February 2023

A Room of One's Own - Bonnefanten

Lydia Schouten, I feel like boiled milk, 1980. Collection of the artist.
A Room of One's Own - Bonnefanten Museum Maastricht

A Room of One’s Own is an exhibition about the work and ideas of female artists spanning several generations, with most works taken from the Bonnefanten’s own collection. This exhibition also features guest artists Carol Rhodes, Lydia Schouten and Marijke Stultiens.

What is the minimum requirement to create a work of art? British author and feminist Virginia Woolf (1882 - 1941) asks herself this question in her essay titled: A Room of One's Own (1929). Her answer: security, confidence, independence, a certain amount of money and... a room of one's own. Things that may sound quite ordinary now, but were unnattainable for women all over the world.

With artworks from the Bonnefantencollection by:
Monika Baer, Marlene Dumas, Shilpa Gupta, Bettie van Haaster, Nancy Haynes, Mary Heilmann, Nan Hoover, Suchan Kinoshita,  Jutta Koether, Laura Lima, Rebecca Morris, Otobong Nkanga, Mai-Thu Perret, Alison Saar, Ine Schröder, Lily van der Stokker, Roos Theuws, Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Paloma Varga Weisz

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