K_Van travels back to Zimbabwe
Painter dwells on cross-cultural virtues
THIS is the poetic side of K_Van a young Dutch painter whose recent exhibition of impressions of daily life in Southern Africa ran for a week in John Boyne Gallery *in Harare. A culmination of an ongoing cultural research. The exhibition features drawings, paintings and graphical work. Highlighting cross-cultural virtues as experienced by the artists.
SUNDAY TIMES MARCH 6, 1994 ’published without fear or favour” ‘
[John Boyne Gallery was a galley space sponsored by a bank in Harare. For a relatively low rent artists could use it to exhibit their works. The gallery no longer exists.]
Unlike my travels in 1994, I will be presenting paintings that where made in the Netherlands in 2012. I am curious about the reactions that I will get. Paintings from 1994 like ‘Aids and incest’ were not easily accessible. What will the polygones do?
Once rocks could talk, now we love our espresso machine
(text Sofia Kapnissi)
Objects, natural or manufactured, have a special place in the world as animated partners of our wishes, dreams and aspirations. Either as possessions or as symbols of identification, objects tell our story in a blunt way – the way of an object. Through history, artists next to the plain utensils would make objects that carried stories of fertility, childhood, worship, status, etc. At the same time, people would become a stone to hide from the enemy, a dagger to fight back, an ointment to heal the beloved. This sharing of humanity between people and objects is what the project I-object is about.
We ask artists to put themselves on the shelf as an object which will tell their story, a story.
Field trip 4Art & Dialogue
waiting for the barbarians
On April 19, 2012, Paris’ newly renovated Palais de Tokyo opened La Triennale 2012 contemporary art exhibit and the Art & Dialogue group was invited.
Field trip 3 Art & Dialogue
It was raining lightly, but just enough to make us wish we were inside a cafe drinking coffee over a conversation about art. Leena, Philip and myself were out on the street looking for such a cafe, and also an art gallery to accomplish the goal of the field trip that afternoon. We stumbled upon a gallery before a cafe. One of the employees was assembling an IKEA cupboard with the distinctive uni-lingual cartoon instructions sheets. Nevertheless we were welcomed to have a look.
‘We have just come back from the art fair.’, the owner told us proudly.
Field trip 2 Art & Dialogue
On a rainy Tuesday afternoon I entered the 39 000 m² multi-purpose and multi-disciplinary Centquatre: visual arts, film screenings, theater, installations and most apparent a social environment for the public and street dancers.
Field trip 1 Art & Dialogue
The first assignment from the Elan interculturel ran as follows:
Select a section of the museum and assess the curation in line with the new paradigms studied in the course in reference to audiences of different cultural backgrounds that each participant deals with in their daily work environments and their likely responds
On entering le Louvre and acquiring a map, I set about deciding which section I should investigate. Immediately the Greek, Etruscan, and Roman section sprang out in Prussian blue.