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✨Good Fortune - Bon Chans✨ , installation at BIG ART
Exclusively for the 2023 edition of BIG ART Bajes art fair I will realise the site-specific spacial installation ✨Good Fortune - Bon Chans✨. The work is about the sale of medicines by vendors on the streets of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I was there in 2009 and collected elements for this installation: photos, sounds, short videos, objects, ideas. Next to this a longer video has been filmed by the artist Reginald Sénatus in July 2023. I will build the installation with intern Caja Stenzler. Before BIG ART opens Haitian-born artist Fré Calm, contemporary ‘vodou’ practitioner, performed a cleansing ceremony inside the installation, for ✨Good Fortune - Bon Chanss✨. BIG ART Bajes is curated by Anne van der Zwaag and will take place September 29 until October 1, 2023, 11 AM till 6 PM, Wenckebachweg 48 Amsterdam.
Albanian premiere Street Vendors in Tirana
Video installation 'Street Vendors: Medellín, Tirana, Johannesburg, Yogyakarta' is having its Albanian premiere at cultural center Destil Creative Hub in Tirana in October 2023. The solo exhibition opens on the 25th and lasts till the 27th. Opening times and date & time of opening and artist talk t.b.a. The exhibition is generously supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Albania.
New spacial installation in public space, Alkmaar
Currently I'm working on Hoef van Eden, a permanent art work for the new Campus De Hoef primary school yard in the city of Alkmaar. The installation consists of a bridge to an island in a wadi, with a gazebo on stilts. Four trees surround and complete the ensemble: one for each season. The basic material of the bridge and gazebo is hardwood, at the same time the beams of both structures are covered with tens of thousands of second-hand LEGO bricks. From a distance the art work reminds of a landscape painting. The opening is planned on November 1, 2023.
Continuation of Parade in Yogyakarta
To be continued in 2024. December 2022 and January 2023 I worked again on Parade with ambulant street vendors in Yogyakarta. It had been three years since my last visit there. In the meantime I wrote a musical composition in Amsterdam with the specific sounds of the vendors, in collaboration with composer Sinta Wullur. The aim in Yogya was to find the vendors, rehearse the composition and prepare for a parade. I was based at our home there and at Krack! Studio, and was assisted by producer Iteq Fitri Kristiyoarti and conductor Mas Krimbi. We succeeded in our process. The project has been made possible by the Development Budget from Amsterdam Fund for the Arts. The actual performance Parade will take place in the dry season in 2024.
Chairman of jury Zomersalon CBK ZO Amsterdam
In this year's edition of Zomersalon at CBK Zuidoost in Amsterdam I did not send in work but am chairman of the professional jury, which consists of fellow artists Lard Buurman, Marcel van den Berg and myself. Zomersalon takes place from July 22, and finishes on August 26 with the announcement of the winners.
Commissioned six-channel video at HNI Rotterdam
For The Energy Show - Sun, Solar and Human Power, curated by designer Matylda Krzykowski, I realised the six-channel video installation Zonneburgers (Solar Citizens). The work has been commissioned by Het Nieuwe Instituut (HNI), museum for architecture, design and e-culture in Rotterdam. Opening i.c.w. The Solar Biennale on September 9. The Energy Show will run until March 5, 2023.
Preliminary design for public artwork in Alkmaar
Together with two other artists I have been selected to make a preliminary design for an artwork in public space by the municipality of Alkmaar. One of three proposals will be chosen after our pitches on January 16, 2023 --- Update: my proposal Hoef van Eden was selected!