Over grenzen, de menselijke maat (About frontiers, the human dimension), Arttrium, Home Office and Ministry of Justice, The Hague

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In the 4th edition of the Aftrap (Kick-off) series (with works by artists who recently graduated from the Royal Academy), the communal exhibition space Arttrium of the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice shows works by five artists. The Home Secretary says in his introduction in the exhibition guide that artists are trying to “connect”, which would be quite appropriate to the present Dutch presidency of the European Union. Well, anyway, the curators organized a show with very different artists under the banner Over grenzen, de menselijke maat (About frontiers, the human dimension).

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The show opens with an installation with video Stay Connected by Janine Terlouw about the religious aspect of communication by smart phone.

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The way to heaven seems to be easiest when “liking” a lot.

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More provocative is Menno de Bruijn’s presentation Money, Politics and Bananas. He shows the world around soccer which is much bigger than the game itself.

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Apart from the raucous fun it is a world full of politics, money, rudeness, solidarity, passion and cruelty.

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He also collected pictures from conflict areas in the Middle East with people wearing football shirts.

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Even in that way football is linked to politics.

Aftrap4 08 Pierfrancesco Gava

Pierfrancesco Gava shows two visual essays on the language of power with Pope Francis and President Obama as main protagonists.

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I just hope the civil servants working in the ministries have enough time to see and hear these videos during their lunch breaks.

Aftrap4 10 Inês da Costa

Inês da Costa’s presentation called In Between is a visually attractive documentary installation about having lived in different countries and feeling “in between”.

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There are banners composed of the flags of these different countries, booklets and wooden chests full of the questions one may have about belonging while having moved from one country to another so many times.

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Elise Sothys’ work has been shown more often on this web log. Her last presentation was at the GEM, which was quite impressive. In this case the presentation of her work is quite modest, but it is appropriately the end feature of the show, giving the whole a more general meaning about man searching for truth and redemption, almost beyond communication but also, to an extent, connecting.

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The five artists are well chosen but presented in a problematic space. Starting with Terlouw and ending with Sothys gives the idea of a story, but one could argue about the way the other works are presented within the sequence of that story and the gallery space.

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Bertus Pieters

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Now or never #3, GEM, The Hague

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In Now or never #3 GEM presents artists who graduated from the Royal Academy (Koninklijke Academie – KABK) in The Hague in 2014 and 2015. This year’s is a particularly good edition, not just because of the good artists but also because their works are very well exhibited. There is a sense of unity in the show in spite of all the differences. Every artist has a space of his/her own.

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Some of Mirthe Klück’s works were shown at a small exhibition in Billytown’s Kitchen this summer (I reported about it here). I am eagerly awaiting even more new works.

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The setting of Bjorn Barendse’s work in this show could hardly differ more from his presentation at the graduation show this year at the Royal Academy. His works, open to different interpretations, work very well together as an installation, as they did in his graduation show, but there is more breathing space for them in the GEM’s setting.

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The works of Jordan Herregraven seem to be animal embodiments of human nature and compared to Herregraven’s graduation show they look quite naked and vulnerable in the bright lights of the GEM.

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Martin Gabriel mixes virtual reality, “real” reality and inner space in his paintings and computerworks.

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A very recent and quite interesting interactive work was on show at Noordwal 117 during Haags Hoogtij (the seasonal gallery night in The Hague). Disappointingly the program didn’t work when I visited GEM (please GEM/Gemeentemuseum, take care of these kind of things!).

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Juuke Schoorl applies the human skin as artistic material in video and photography.

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In the GEM Elise Sothys’ word-works have far more impact than they had in her graduation show. The you-me relationship between work of art and viewer in Sothys’ case is a strong and egocentric one that doesn’t tolerate any visual noise by other artists.

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Lynne Brouwer explores the colours in waiting rooms etc. Though her photo book is interesting, i don’t very much see the point in her more monumental photo works. What is the point in duplicating the waiting room experience?

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Vincent Both paints and draws on paper, or rather, he seems to draw from the paper, like a writer who sees his paper and thinks his text may be more in the paper than on it.

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Olya Oleinic shows her Universal guide to everything again.

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Those who admired Mickey Yang’s graduation show, as i did, will be familiar with her works presently on show.

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I remember there should be smoke coming from this bowl, but didn’t see it when i visited GEM.

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Esther Hovers’ presentation is about people in public space as seen by surveillance cameras. People become usually de-individualized in public space, but from the point of view of surveillance and security each person becomes an individual in another way. What’s more, these individuals could be you or me. What are you hiding in public space, while walking there? What makes you change your mind on a street corner?

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Rixt de Boer shows a video-essay-triptych about haystacks in relation to people and landscape in Central Europe. Surprisingly, the haystack is a monument of solidity in this work. It is also a peaceful and pastoral finish to this fine exhibition.

(More pictures of the graduation shows can be seen here and here)
(full reviews in Dutch of the graduation shows can be read here and here)

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Bertus Pieters

Graduation Show 2015 at the Royal Academy, The Hague

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In July i visited the graduation show at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague to write a review for the Villa La Repubblica blog. Here are some photo impressions for those who didn’t attend (or for those who did).

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When entering the building the visitor was greeted amongst others by some girl power by Danicha Leliveld. The great exhibition hall opposite the entrance

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was stuffed with works by students who apparently had to be showcased by the Academy. I can’t say I was much impressed by it, although i did like this poster by Hatice Kilinç in which internal organs set themselves free from the body of a veiled woman, who is clearly not amused.

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Jordie Rovers’ photo book is by far the best part of his presentation about art as archaeology.

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Roaming the ground floor of the old building i found myself

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in the textile and fashion department.

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The most spectacular presentation was by Olivier Jehee,

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showing the visual language of power of both trash and decadence, which i enjoyed very much.

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Up to the second floor! There i saw

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a fine photo book about the migration problems in Europe (or rather the problems we created) by Hilde De Windt. Somewhere else

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at the second floor of the old building Anne Kranenborg of the interior architecture and furniture design department showed some interesting ideas.

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The most interesting presentation of that department was by Róman Kienjet who presents small found objects in small reliquaries, giving them the value of history and mythology.

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Elsewhere on the second floor

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Elske Verdoorn reported about the cultural passions of people living in the margin in The Hague. This is the presentation of Serge, one of them.

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One of the most

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impressive presentations on the second

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floor was by Liza Pace.

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Her project Going Solo

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was especially photogenic.

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The third floor of the old building has a tower with a room which contained works by three students:

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Charlotte Ursem,

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Elise Sothys and

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Marija Angelovska. All of them

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showed interesting work, but i don’t think the combination of the three worked very well,

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the personalities overpowered each other.

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Continuing my quest on the third floor

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i ran into the interesting work of Najmeh Saghaei. Her projections tear bodies apart in search of the unknown parts of the human character.

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Also on the third floor some more painters.

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Amongst them Martin Gabriel who brings the world of

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video games back to paper, cutting, pasting and painting;

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Simon Oosterhuis who made some interesting works about the human body in

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confined but expressive colour combinations;

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Jonas Raps with some fine abstract paintings and

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Bjorn Barendse, who

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made a small painting installation, which

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worked like a decorated chapel.

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In the new part of the building (or rather the rebuilt part)

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Max de Waard presented his No Rules in Space, which

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was not photogenic at all, but

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all the more interesting (and it made some good noise).

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The installations by Mickey Yang

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seemed to deal with

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the peculiarity of the slowness of life processes, while

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the objects of Victor Breton van Groll have come to a complete standstill in his presentation.

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Romy Muijrers presented some good drawing.

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While back in the old building i couldn’t resist making some pictures of Rob van der Burg’s presentation about plants with electronically improving devices which would make their lives easier.

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Leaving the building i was enthusiastic about a lot of what i had seen, but it wasn’t the absolute top year like last year’s exhibition. A good academy easily spoils the viewer.

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Bertus Pieters
Full review on Villa La Repubblica (in Dutch)