2017 – WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?Amsterdam's cultural scene has been enriched with a new and special initiative: six leading galleries in the Jordaan - Annet Gelink Gallery, Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Galerie Fons Welters, Stigter Van Doesburg, tegenboschvanvreden and Martin van Zomeren - are jointly organizing an art project titled Where do we go from here?. Curator Alessandro Vincentelli, has developed the concept for the exhibition.
Careless speech has rarely had such disturbing consequences. The recent US Presidential election, the British Brexit vote, the upcoming Dutch national elections - what better time to question the role of speech, Who speaks, Who acts? There is a significant sense that we simply don’t understand the direction of travel currently being followed. Now, at the beginning of 2017, there are many rallying cries to make this year different to the last. Where do we go from here? starts with this question (Vincentelli).
PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Maria Barnas (NLD), Yael Bartana (ISR), Otto Berchem (COL/USA), Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen (NLD), Jasmina Cibic (SVN/GBR, Dina Danish (EGY/FRA), Peggy Franck (NLD), Dora GarcÃa (ESP) Sigurdur Gudmundsson (ISR), Hedwig Houben (NLD), David Jablonowski (DEU), Gabriel Lester (NLD), Alexandra Leykauf (DEU), Cristina Lucas (ESP), Chaim van Luit (NLD),
David Maljkovic (HRV),
Navid Nuur (NLD), Paulien Oltheten (NLD),
Anna Ostoya (USA),
Oscar Pabón (VEN), Susan Philipsz (GBR), Amalia Pica (ARG),
Falke Pisano (NLD), Antonis Pittas (GRC), Sue Tompkins (GBR)
CURATED BY: Alessandro Vincentelli is Curator of Exhibitions & Research at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead. He completed an MA at the Royal College of Art’s Contemporary Curating Course. At BALTIC, he has curated exhibitions with many artists including Steve McQueen, Yoko Ono, Elizabeth Price, Lindsay Seers, Heather Phillipson, RAQS Media Collective, Bani Abidi, Hajra Waheed and Martin Boyce. In 2017 he is curating an exhibition with Canadian artist Rodney Graham for BALTIC and an exhibition with Jasmina Cibic in 2018.
At a time when the cultural sector is under strain and populist agendas are growing, many feel the need for reflection and a different response to fragmentation, individualism, self-interest and fear. For this project, the six galleries are functioning as one exhibition space. Works by twenty-five artists will be shown, mostly within galleries that don’t normally represent them. Some of the artworks, performances and site-specific pieces have been produced specially for this occasion. By including the public space between the galleries, the neighbourhood has become dynamically involved with ‘Where do we go from here?’. Originally a working-class neighbourhood, the Jordaan has grown into an urban district, being both socially and economically diverse. Each street is packed with history, and the area is reflecting the global issues that underly the concept of the show.
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