Agenda

Living as Form

Start date: 26/10/2017

End date: 27/10/2017

Time: 12.00 - 18.00

Location: Doopsgezinde Kerk, Singel 452; Castrum Peregrini, Herengracht 401; Goethe Institut, Herengracht 401

Vernissage: Some Things Hidden

Date: 15/11/2017

Time: 18.00-20.00

Participating artists: Alexis Blake, Sara Blokland, Zhana Ivanova, Charlott Markus, Shana Moulton, Femmy Otten, Marijn Ottenhof.

Some Things Hidden is an exhibition and performance programme revolving around the idea of ‘hiding’, both physically and mentally. It is both about hiding in times of war and crisis, as well as about the (in)ability to hide things for others and yourself. Starting point is a personal story of artist-curator Charlott Markus about her great aunt, a tiny Jewish woman who hid in the open, completely visible in WWII’s Berlin, and about her grandfather, who concealed his true emotions behind a male facade of success. The exhibition explores how (female) artists experience, interpret and visualize this theme today. The exhibition in Castrum Peregrini is leading up to an exhibition in Framer Framed in January 2018. During Amsterdam Art Weekend, we present a preview programme of open rehearsals, performances and talks with the participating artists and curators. Some Things Hidden is curated by Charlott Markus and Nina Folkersma.

Guided tour and artist talk: Charlott Markus & Nina Folkersma

Date: 18/11/2017

Time: 16.30 - 18.00

Location: Castrum Peregrini

This afternoon, artist Charlott Markus and curator Nina Folkersma share their thoughts in a personal talk about Some Things Hidden, an exhibition and performance programme revolving around the idea of ‘hiding’. The first part of this exhibition takes places in Castrum Peregrini, a former WWII hiding place on the Herengracht 401, and leads up to an extended version in Framer Framed that will open in January 2018.   How do artists and thinkers visualize hiding today? What are the possibilities of hiding today in our current digitalized society? What about our right to opaqueness versus others’ needs for transparency? What is hiding for me and what is it for you? Before and after the talk it is possible to visit the authentic WWII apartment of the artist Gisèle and her hiders in a special guided tour.

Artist talks: Sara Blokland and Femmy Otten

Date: 24/11/2017

Time: 15.30 - 17.00

Location: Castrum Peregrini

In this afternoon conversation, artists Sara Blokland and Femmy Otten talk about their work in relation to the topic of the exhibition Some Things Hidden. Both artists have been invited to make a site-specific installation in the former artist’s studio of Gisèle on the top floor of Castrum Peregrini, an original WWII safe house. Sara Blokland is a visual artist and independent reseacher who predominately works with photography and film. Her work reflects on the complicated role of this medium in relation to (postcolonial) cultural heritages. Femmy Otten explores beauty through wood, plaster and paper. From these materials, she creates elegant sculptures, reminiscent of archetypal figures from Greek and Egyptian mythology, yet fresh and contemporary. What hidden histories or mechanisms do these artists want to make visible? And what stories do they hide in their work – possibly even in plain sight?

Performances Marijn Ottenhof and Alexis Blake

Date: 25/11/2017

Time: 13.00 - 15.00

Location: Castrum Peregrini

Artists Marijn Ottenhof and Alexis Blake have been invited to create a new performance for the exhibition Some Things Hidden. Both performances take place in the former artist’s studio of Gisèle on the top floor of Castrum Peregrini, an original WWII safe house. Alexis Blake has a multidisciplinary practice that coalesces fine art, movement and performance. She investigates the way in which the body is represented and treated as an archive, which she then critically examines, disrupts and re-negotiates. For her new performance, Blake will look into the complexities of anger and empathy. Marijn Ottenhof investigates social systems and the human need for rules and logic. By disturbing these structures, she questions existing structures of power, dominance and expectations. Language often plays an important role in her performances. It can be a vessel for communication, but also function as a surface beneath which other narratives are hidden.

SOME THINGS HIDDEN

Start date: 15/11/2017

End date: 26/11/2017

Participating artists: Alexis Blake, Sara Blokland, Zhana Ivanova, Charlott Markus, Shana Moulton, Femmy Otten, Marijn Ottenhof.

Some Things Hidden is an exhibition and performance programme revolving around the idea of ‘hiding’, both physically and mentally. It is both about hiding in times of war and crisis, as well as about the (in)ability to hide things for others and yourself. Starting point is a personal story of artist-curator Charlott Markus about her great aunt, a tiny Jewish woman who hid in the open, completely visible in WWII’s Berlin, and about her grandfather, who concealed his true emotions behind a male facade of success. The exhibition explores how (female) artists experience, interpret and visualize this theme today. The exhibition in Castrum Peregrini is leading up to an exhibition in Framer Framed in January 2018. During Amsterdam Art Weekend, we present a preview programme of open rehearsals, performances and talks with the participating artists and curators. Some Things Hidden is curated by Charlott Markus and Nina Folkersma.

Public talk
On the complexities of curating
politically contested subject matter

In the wake of complex and highly politicized issues such as identity politics, minority rights and the refugee crisis a debate has broken out regarding the ethics and politics of representation of such subjects in contemporary visual arts. While many arts projects stem out of a genuine interest and involvement, others have been naïve or opportunistic. This has created a backlash about what can and cannot be represented and raised issues about the limits of freedom of artistic expression.

The curator and artist, no doubt, have a responsibility towards society that goes beyond the creation of images to be consumed. What are the ethical issues that arise in such circumstances, and how does one deal with the problems of representation that are inherent to curating politically sensitive topics? How can artists and curators avoid the traps and pitfalls involved in any artwork or exhibition dealing with such issues? Who has the right to represent whom and why? What are the artistic and curatorial ethics that need to be taken into consideration? And, finally, is excessive political correctness stifling the freedom and genuine criticality of art and narrowing the scope of debate? Based on a recent exhibition as a case study, Katerina Gregos will attempt to offer a reflection on how to navigate these complex issues.

 

Language: English
Free entrance, seats are limited.
RSVP: productie@castrumperegrini.nl

Katerina Gregos’ Public Talk is part of: The Female Perspective year programme 2017 curated by curator Nina Folkersma. The programme previously featured:

Reasonable Doubt by Mieke Bal, Artist weekend Women and resistance with a.o. Ronit Porat and Pieter Paul Pothoven. And from November 2017: Some Things Hidden an exhibition in collaboration with Charlott Markus on two locations, first part at Castrum Peregrini (November 2017) and then at Framer Framed (January 2018) for part two.