Exhibition & public programme
with: Milena Bonilla, Lore Gablier, Nina Glockner, Roel Griffioen with Bent Vande Sompele, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Ola Hassanain, Vincent Hessling, Winston Nanlohy, Andrès Novo, Alejandro Ramirez, Giorgi Tabatadze, Igor Sevcuk
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Tales of Incompleteness follows a process started in winter, when a group of artists and researchers joined in an “Incomplete Reading Group.” Together, they explored the way in which tales of linear progress gave way to what they called “broken lines of progress”: de-centered, incomplete. Storylines that in a geometrical explosion determine our present condition. A narration in motion that confronts us with an analogue inertia – as was the promise of an idyllic future and its ideological bankruptcy and unavailability some generations ago. What are these lines? What shapes do they have? Do they have any taste? How do they inform ways in which the past is called to order, so as to fit an imagined future?
In the course of the reading sessions, the group discussed a selec on of material, among which theoretical essays by Franco Berardi, Herbert Marcuse and Beatriz Colomina, a short story by Jorge-Luis Borges, artists’ writings by Hito Steyerl and Thalia Hoffman, and excerpts from a novel by Robert Walser, and from the films Soy Cuba, and La Haine. The reading notes that were collected and the dialogues that took place inspired a series of works which will be unfolded during an exhibition and public programme. Taking place at Goleb from 24 June to 23 July 2017, Tales of Incompleteness also includes works by three guest artists whose practices not only strongly resonate with, but also further the questions raised by the group.
In Goleb, processes, forms and ideas come together, creating a narrative punctuated by the different voices of the artists, and the way they understand the notion of progress inherited from modernity, from today’s perspective. Just like when one unfolds a paper sheet with multiple pleats, each artistic proposal will appear over a three-weekend period in changing arrangements, sometimes taking on different configurations.
Tales of Incompleteness is finally the occasion to bring to life the kitchen that La Cocina_ had initially envisaged: a kitchen understood as a complex political construction, but also as a place where we meet every day to feed ourselves. In kitchens, major ideological transformations are experienced in the most intimate manner. On the other hand, it is impossible to imagine a home without a kitchen. It might be that in this delicate balance between the domestic and design, politics and the public, one can find the relevance that such a device signifies for a place for art.
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Nina Glockner – Scripted Formations (2017), performance and installation
Igor Sevcuk with the participation of Abla elBahrawy – School Board Testimonies (a-b-c walk) (2017), performance, soundtrack, series of drawings on chalkboard
Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige – The Lebanese Rocket Society (2013), film, 95mn
Winston Nanlohy – Seeing What Montego Sees (2017)
Giorgi Tabatadze – Contemporary Forms of Desire (2017)
Alejandro Ramirez & Vincent Hessling – Double Agent (ongoing project)
Milena Bonilla – An Enchanted Forest (2013-2014), artist’s talk
Sunday 23 July 5 pm @Goleb
Finissage & Inauguration of the kitchen designed by Andrès Novo!
The Kitchen is partly made possible thanks to the microfund that was made available during the ‘wwwwwww’ speeddate session, organized by Kunstvlaai during PLAYTIME festival on May 20 2017
About the artists
Abla elBahrawy is an architect and researcher from Cairo, Egypt. Her practice oscillates somewhere between Architecture, Archaeology and Art. She was a teaching assistant for Architecture and Urban Design at the German University in Cairo. She worked as an architect at the German Archaeological Institute in Cairo. Also, she was a core team member of Megawra (The Built Environment Collective) which is a platform for communication and holistic debate between architectural students and practitioners. Currently, she is a member of the School of Missing Studies at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam.
Milena Bonilla (CO) graduated in visual arts at the Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Bogota in 2000, and followed a post-academic course at the Rijksakademie, in Amsterdam, in 2009-2010. Her current practice involves explorations on knowledge interpreted as a work force, and Nature as an entity colonized by language, consumed in a massive scale through images. She uses a variety of media in her production including installations, video, drawing, text, public interventions and photography. http://milenabonilla.info
Lore Gablier (1979, Bobigny, FR) studied at the Fine art school in Valence (FR) where she graduated in 2005. In 2006, she completed her studies at the international curatorial training program of the École du Magasin in Grenoble. She has curated several exhibitions internationally, and took part in several editorial projects as a freelance. In 2013-2014, she was chief curator at the Centre d’art contemporain de la Ferme du Buisson in Noisiel. Since 2015, she is Programme Officer at the European Cultural Foundation in Amsterdam.
Nina Glockner (Düsseldorf, DE) focuses mainly on performances and performative installations, in which she visualizes the relationship between humans, objects, and space, and explores the line between executing control and the state of being controlled. In her performances, she uses basic — often even banal — actions in conjunction with objects of different types (artifacts to set up temporary formations in space. www.ninaglockner.de
Roel Griffioen with Bent Vande Sompele Roel Griffioen is an FWO-doctoral researcher at the University of Gent’s Architecture & Urban Planning Department. In addition, he writes about housing, gentrification and precocity. Bent Vande Sompele is an Antwerp based ar st and designer. He makes music under the moniker Ōgon Ba o.
Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige (AR/FR) have worked together as both artists and filmmakers, shooting fictions films and documentaries. For the last 15 years, they have focused on the images, memory and history of their country, Lebanon, its wars, its conflicts, its political battles. They re-appropriate political documentation, archives, landscapes, symbolic sites to create critical images by adapting them, by making their deterioration felt and by stressing the effects of time and memory as both very personal and collective. http://hadjithomasjoreige.com
Ola Hassanain (1985, Khartoum, SU) graduated from the University of Khartoum (BA Architecture) and the University of Westminster (MA in Architecture, Cultural Identity and Globalisation). She has since been gradually transitioning into Art practice, and received a MA Fine Art in 2016 from HKU. Her work is informed by the cultural, political and societal position of women in Khartoum, her own experiences of the Sudanese city, and her position within her family’s fragmented state of diaspora. www.olahassanain.com
Vincent Hessling (DE) is a researcher at the Department of Germanic Languages at Columbia University. Hessling focuses his interest on the the idea of progress, history of technology and science, narratology, and systems theory.
Winston Nanholy (1986, Breda, NL) holds an BA in audiovisual from the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. He works mainly with video and photography, which are for him means to explore the “conflicting emotions” that unfamiliar environments, both cultural and topographical, provoke. His most recent films combine fictional and biographical elements, in an attempt to celebrate the multiple layers that compose the individual, both intellectually and emotionally.
Alejandro Ramírez (1978, Bogotá, CO) is an artist and filmmaker based in Amsterdam. Bringing together personal stories and history, which he approaches with humor and speculation, his work often examines the way in which media, political discourse and memory overlap. These strategies help to reveal the ideological machinery that underlies the way past and present events are interpreted. In his most recent works, he explores science fiction and storytelling as tools to propel political imagination and alternative narratives. www.aramirezlab.net
Igor Sevcuk (1972, Banja Luka, BA) graduated in 2000 from the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam. In 2002, awarded the first prize for film and video of the Prix de Rome. In 2004 -2005, participated in the residency at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. In 2010, initiated the artist space Goleb and since 2015 co-organizing Klupko Room(s), both in Amsterdam. His work intertwines the personal and the political, through a ‘cinematic thinking’ that tracks and recaptures the interplay of shared pasts, daily coexistence, and things to come. www.sevcuk.nl
Giorgi Tabatadze (1980, Tbilisi, GA) studied sculpture at the State Academy of Arts in Tbilisi from 1997 to 2005. He 2010, he obtained a MA in fine arts from the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam. His work mainly focuses on the image production in the contemporary society, and their circulation on both ends of the production/consumption cycle. In the Netherlands, he is a founding member of ‘Focus LAB’, an organization traveling throughout the Dutch cultural landscape, organizing meetings and group discussions around the topics of cultural production and contemporary art practices. www.gtabatadze.com
Igor Sevcuk, “School Board Testimonies (a, b, c walk)”, 2017, installation and performance on Saturday 24 June 2017.
Nina Glockner, “Scripted Formations”, performance on Saturday 24 June 2017.
Milena Bonilla, talk based on her work “An Enchanted Forest” (2013-2014), Saturday 1st July 2017.
Vincent Hessling & Alejandro Ramirez, “Double Agent”, performance on Saturday 1st July 2017.
Giorgi Tabatadze, “Contemporary Forms of Desire”, online interface, presentation on Saturday 1st July 2017.