The show explores the tension between the nomadic existence of artists and the mobility of groups of people who do not move by their own choice
With the wandering exhibition "On Mobility", De Appel in Amsterdam wishes to collaborate with a number of colleague institutions abroad. With the exhibition of a mutating group of artists we want to explore the tension between the nomadic existence of artists and the mobility of groups of people who do not move by their own choice.
Forced migration and subsequent state-inspired forms of integration which large amounts of world citizens are experiencing are at odds with the lives and liberties of the privileged. i.e. also artists, who enjoy a global world in which they are free to move around.
Yet many of these artists are pre-occupied with their fellow men: and in their works migration and mobility, assimilation and translation, are key issues today. Alongside cinematic and documentary approaches the essentially visual discipline of contemporary artists seems even to be a "conditio sine qua non" to analyse and deconstruct the complex imagery and semantics concerned.
The project exists of five relay-exhibitions:
1.The first exhibition will be at De Appel in Amsterdam. De Appel invites eight artists to make a work, or show an existing work, related to the theme 'On Mobility'.
The exhibition will start 26 August 2005, and will be on view for four weeks.
Bik Van der Pol
Castro / Olafsson
2.The second exhibition, organised by BÃ¼roFriedrich in Berlin, will consist of four artists out of the first show, and the curator will add another four artists to the show, related to the local context and focusing on the theme.
The exhibition will start in November 2005, for six weeks.
3.The third exhibition will be organized by the co-organiser, CAC in Vilnius. The director will select four artists out of the first two shows and add another four from his/her own context and realize a specific show. The exhibition will start in February 2006, and be on view for six weeks.
4.The fourth show, organised by TrafÃ³ â€“ House of Contemporary art and StÃºdiÃ³ GalÃ©ria in Budapest, will select four artists of the first three shows, and they will add another four artists to the show.
The exhibition will start in May 2006, for six weeks.
5.The last show will be at De Appel in Amsterdam again, but now showing a completely different group of artists (non of the initial artists appear again). The 12 â€˜newâ€™ artists shown in the last exhibition are all selected by the co-organisers. The exhibition will start in June 2006, for six weeks.
A bilingual catalogue with all 20 artistsâ€™ projects will appear at the start of the last episode, in June 2006.
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