All Art Is Political. Exit Gemak, The Hague

Renë Vullings

René Vullings

 

POTL, Hans Demoed & Geert de Rooij

POTL, Hans Demoed & Geert de Rooij

 

POTL, Hans Demoed & Geert de Rooij

POTL, Hans Demoed & Geert de Rooij

 

Dana LaMonda

Dana LaMonda

 

 Jean van Wijk

Jean van Wijk

On Friday December 4th Gemak/Vrije Academie closed its doors as a result of rigorous cuts by the municipality of The Hague in financing the institution. Herewith a good and spacious platform to show present day art in dialogue with the neighbourhood, the city town and indeed the rest of the world, is closed down. On the last day of its existence Gemak organized amongst others a one day exhibition in which more than forty artists took part. It was a great and heart warming show for the closing institution and for the many people who attended. The next day I visited Gemak to make some pictures of the day after for this posting. For a full article in Dutch about the closure of Gemak i refer you to Villa La Repubblica (click here). In the mean time, enjoy the pictures.

Yvo van der Vat

Yvo van der Vat

 

Ehsan Behmanesh & Arefeh Riahi

Ehsan Behmanesh & Arefeh Riahi

 

Petra van der Schoot

Petra van der Schoot

 

Claudie de Cleen

Claudie de Cleen

 

Willem Spekenbrink

Willem Speekenbrink

 

Zeger Reyers

Zeger Reyers

Gemak Exit 12 Overview

Joncquil

Joncquil

 

Pim Voorneman

Pim Voorneman

 

André Kruysen

André Kruysen

Gemak Exit 16 Overview

Wouter Willebrands

Wouter Willebrands

 

Pendar Nabipour

Pendar Nabipour

 

Sylvain Mazas

Sylvain Mazas

Gemak Exit 20 Overview
Gemak Exit 21 Overview
Gemak Exit 22 Overview

Laura van Eeden

Laura van Eeden

 

Marjolijn van der Meij

Marjolijn van der Meij

 

Marjolijn van der Meij

Marjolijn van der Meij

 

Zeger Reyers

Zeger Reyers

Gemak Exit 27 Overview

Paul Bruininckx

Paul Bruininckx

 

Nicole Donkers

Nicole Donkers

 

Nicole Donkers

Nicole Donkers

 

Philip Schuette

Philip Schuette

Gemak Exit 31 Overview

Euf Lindeboom

Harold de Bree

 

Ingrid Mol

Ingrid Mol

Gemak Exit 35 Ingrid Mol

Mark de Weijer

Mark de Weijer

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Bertus Pieters

Locus, Upcoming Iranian Artists Abroad, at Gemak/Vrije Academie, The Hague

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Some time ago i visited the exhibition Locus, Upcoming Iranian Artists Abroad at Vrije Academie/Gemak to write an article about it. The article being published on Villa La Repubblica, it’s time to show some more impressions. It starts with

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a poetic touch by Farhad Fozouni (1979) using both Latin and Persian script and

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even integrating illustrations as part of the poem, or vice versa. Another possibility

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for a starter is to watch a documentary by Hamed Yousefi (1981) about modern and present day visual culture in Iran,

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amongst others about Reza Abedini (1967), who designed the poster for this exhibition.

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Celia Eslamieh Shomal (1981),

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having become part of both Dutch and Iranian culture,

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puts a face on that hybridity, using the colour orange.

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Pendar Nabipour (1985) mystifies remembrances of Iranian design of the 1980’s.

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Nabipour is also co-curator of the exhibition (compliments!).

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Amir Tirandaz (1984) has moved his studio to Gemak for the time of the exhibition. Around the time

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of my visit there wasn’t much activity, but that’s some time ago already. So, go and check!

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Ehsan Behmanesh (1979)

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left this suitcase,

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trying to find its way in two cities.

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Arefeh Riahi (1979) makes writing in both scripts corporeal by

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writing simultaneously with both hands.

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Ehsan Fardjadniya (1983) has built a dome referring to

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architecture which puts the weight of power on

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our shoulders and full of monitors showing the power of the media, while

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you hear him reading a letter to his mother, making

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the whole thing almost heart breaking.

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Another heart breaker (well, in a positive sense, that is) is

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Mehregan Kazemi’s (1985) photo and text installation about

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the loss of innocence and becoming part of a humiliated and humiliating community. For

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Siamak Anvari’s (1981) installation you have to take off your shoes. His is

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partly a sound installation. The santur

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(the musical instrument) is broken by the change of climate, but will sound by itself now and then. In another

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room you can see still more documentaries by Yousefi. Take

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your time, it’s interesting.

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And don’t forget to sign up for Joubin Zargarbashi’s (1976) endearing and sympathetic Omnigaze project!

All together this is another fine museum-like presentation by Gemak. Take your time and see that the world is bigger than your little town.

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(Click on the pictures to enlarge)

Bertus Pieters

Click here for the full article and some more pictures on Villa La Repubblica (in Dutch)