The Oceans Academy of Arts was founded in 2008 by Ola Vasiljeva as a similar experimental platform under the umbrella of contemporary art.
Ola Vasiljeva: En Rachâchant
curated by: Roos Gortzak
We are pleased to invite you to the opening of the solo exhibition En Rachâchant by Ola Vasiljeva (1981, LV) at Vleeshal Markt on 12 September at 17:00. This is the artist’s first institutional solo show in the Netherlands.
he exhibition borrows its title from a short film by Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet based on the children’s story Ah! Ernesto by Marguerite Duras. It takes a humorous look at de-hierarchising the educational process through the character of Ernesto, who insistently refuses to go to school because it teaches things he doesn’t know.
In En Rachâchant, Vasiljeva strategically approaches negation and the refusal to learn. In a time when the market logic dominates all fields of teaching and dictates that knowledge must be rentable in economic terms, this show mounts a playful assault on this ideology.
The exhibition takes the form of an anti-pedagogical stage, populated by mixed media works, sculptures and drawings that manipulate motifs related to the subject of disobedience as a course of learning.
As part of the exhibition, Vasiljeva has developed two course programmes: The Course in Lying and The Course in Doubt, which will be incorporated within Vleeshal’s education programme during the exhibition.
The show runs parallel to and in dialogue with the group exhibition University at Vleeshal Zusterstraat.
Ola Vasiljeva is the founder of OAOA (The Oceans Academy of Arts), an amorphous artists’ collective that functions as a vessel for ideas about art and ways of showing artworks. Depending on each project, the participants are interchangeable as artists, collaborators, curators or viewers. OAOA publishes an annual zine.
The Oceans Academy of Arts University
curated by OAOA
We are pleased to invite you to the opening of the group show University at Vleeshal Zusterstraat on Saturday 12 September at 18:00. University brings together works by the following members of the Oceans Academy of Arts: Özlem Altin, Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, Ola Vasiljeva and Marianne Vierø.
University plays with the idea of experimental pedagogical systems, which formed a critique of society’s major ideological institutions. Such schools experimented with self-organised education and were founded in response to the intellectual bankruptcy and spiritual emptiness of the approved educational establishment. They proposed courses that opposed conservative educational programmes and idealised the unrestricted development of thought.
The Oceans Academy of Arts (OAOA) was founded in 2008 by Ola Vasiljeva as a similar experimental platform under the umbrella of contemporary art. This semi-fictional institution presents itself as real, yet plays with its own illusive image and approaches the exhibition space, the work of art and the role of the artist as reflections of the same body.
Just as the Anti-University rejected so-called ‘conscious practices’, the OAOA sees the idea of ‘un-learning’ in relation to the critique of reason and sense in general. Here nonsense, fragmentation and forgetfulness triumph over reason, form, function and chronology.
The show runs parallel to and in dialogue with Ola Vasiljeva’s solo exhibition at Vleeshal Markt.
Image: The Oceans Academy of Arts
Opening: 12 September 2015 at 17:00
Markt, Zusterstraat 7, Middelburg