A project initiated by Lore Gablier and Alejandro Ramírez
In collaboration with architect Andrés Novo 
With the participation of Mirko LazovićIgor Sevcuk & Goleb

Conceptually modelled after a kitchen, “La Cocina” aims to create a place of encounter and dialogue where dissonant, provocative, poetic and sometime incongruous viewpoints can be shared, negotiated, and nurtured.

Implemented in Goleb, an artist-run space based in Amsterdam-West, “La Cocina” entails two concomitant endeavours: an ongoing intervention in the interior design of Goleb’s project space that will be inspired by our guests through exchange and dialogue; and a public program that explores the notion of agonism through diverse artistic and discursive practices.

Echoing the motto, “a place to agree in dissent,” “La Cocina” is anchored in the firm belief that it is precisely through disagreement that a thoughtful dialogue can take place, and urgent challenges be genuinely addressed. A disagreement, indeed, defies resolution, delays meaning and therefore have the potential to unveil what is structurally silenced through consensus or “normality.”

The public program will be developed throughout three correlated cycles of events that will be running from October 2016 to June 2017, and will involve a wide range of practitioners and participants beyond the confines of the art field.

The first cycle [SAMPLED SPACES] will unfold the notion of agonism, which is at the core of the programme. The second cycle [TALES OF INCOMPLETENESS] will focus on artistic experimentation and production, facilitating work and collaboration among a group of invited artists. The third and final cycle [A MATTER OF (IN)DIGESTION] will be “distilled” from the experiences and knowledge accumulated throughout the journey.

    Where we are_

Initiated in 2010 with the ambition to become a shelter for critical thinking and experimental models of production, Goleb is an artist-run space based at the second floor of De Vlugt – a former school in Amsterdam New-West. Located in a neighborhood at the edge of the “creative city,” Goleb offers a place of resilience in the increasingly homogenous cultural landscape. Encompassing ten studios – of which one is open for residencies up to 3 months – and a shared project space, it offers artists, curators and theoreticians, the necessary space and time to develop their research and practice.

Since its inception, Goleb has become a cultural hub in Amsterdam and The Netherlands. It has presented the work and research of numerous practitioners in the local and international art community, and has also collaborated with a number of local cultural initiatives.
With La Cocina, an artistic and cultural programme hosted from September 2016 to June 2017, Goleb aims at fostering the vibrant exchange initiated over the years and expand collaborations beyond the confines of art.

    Who we are_

Alejandro Ramirez (Bogota, 1978) is an artist and filmmaker based in Amsterdam. Combining 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 explored science fiction and storytelling as tools to propel political imagination and alternative narratives. Over the years, Ramirez’s oeuvre has developed into film, film/photography installations, programming discursive events and drawings.

Born in 1979, Lore Gablier (Bobigny, 1979) studied at the Fine art school in Valence (FR)  where she graduated in 2004. In 2006, she completed her studies at the international curatorial training program of the École du Magasin in Grenoble. She has since curated several exhibitions internationally, and took part in many editorial projects as a freelance. From 2008 to 2011, she was guest curator and editor at Le Générateur (Paris) where, in 2009, she co-initiated an annual festival of performance art. From 2009 to 2013, she was coordinator of the École du Magasin, and was chief curator at the Centre d’art contemporain de la Ferme du Buisson in Noisiel, France, for the season 2013-2014. Since 2012, she is a member of the editorial board of the publishing house Form[e]s. She is currently working as Programme Officer at the European Cultural Foundation.

Based in Amsterdam since 2010, Andrés Novo (Madrid, 1984) is an architect specialised in collaborations with visual and performance artists. Having graduated in 2012 from Alcalá’s Architecture Technical School with a Master degree, his practice focuses on the translation of artistic concepts and aims into spatial circumstances. These translations often imply the addition of new words – geometrical, structural, choreographically words – to the project’s dictionary, expanding its scope with site-specific layers of interpretation.
As an installation designer Andrés has participated in international events such as the 56th Venice Biennial and the 1st Asia Biennial, and worked at Kunstverein Stuttgart, BAK or Kunstquartier Bethanien. As a performance advisor, his collaborations have been premiered at Centro Dramático Nacional Madrid, Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, Frascati Theater and Uferstudios amongst others.

La Cocina is supported by AFK (Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst) and the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, and is sponsored by Urban Resort.