Erin Marie Dunn
Lasse Schmidt Hansen
Daniele Pario Perra
Edward Clydesdale Thomson
Hanneke van Velzen
Martijn in 't Veld
The exhibition brings together the work of 21 artists who were in-residence in Rotterdam. The show's theme is how the visiting artist relates to the new environment. Their working practices show two approaches. Some artists display an introvert approach, having used their residency as an opportunity to absorb themselves in their work in the studio. Others show a more extrovert approach, having sought interaction with their surroundings and produced work that responds to the social and cultural context.
The exhibition RAiR#1 brings together the work of twenty-one visual artists who were artists-in-residence at one of the Rotterdam-based artists' initiatives: Duende, foundation B.a.d, Het Wilde Weten, Kaus Australis and Kunst & Complex between 2003 and 2009. In 2008 these five artists' initiatives established RAiR - Rotterdam Artists in Residence - to jointly organise artists' talks, debates and exhibitions.
Artists: Gema Alba (ES), Zigor Barayazarra (ES), Erin Marie Dunn (US), Annegret Eisele (D), Lasse Schmidt Hansen (DK), Karin Hueber (CH), Annette Kisling (D), Giuseppe Licari (IT), Friederike Mainka (D), Carme Nogueira (ES), Daniele Pario Perra (IT), Ben Pointeker (AT), Abner Preis (US), Saskia Schüler (D), Andrew Sroka (US), Edward Clydesdale Thomson (UK), Nicola Unger (D), Hanneke van Velzen (NL), Martijn in 't Veld (NL), Annu Wilenius (FI), Kenji Yamada (JP).
The exhibition’s theme is how the visiting artist relates to the new environment. The exhibited artists’ working practices show two approaches. Some artists display an introvert approach, having used their residency as an opportunity to absorb themselves in their work in the studio. Others show a more extrovert approach, having sought interaction with their surroundings and produced work that responds to the social and cultural context
The exhibition demonstrates the high quality of the work made by these artists and shows that Rotterdam’s fifteen guest studios form an indispensable link between the Dutch and international art worlds.
For more than twenty years, five prominent Rotterdam-based artists’ initiatives have made an essential contribution to the international character of the city’s art scene. Together Duende, foundation B.a.d, Het Wilde Weten, Kaus Australis and Kunst & Complex manage fifteen guest studios, which are used by artists from around the world for periods of three to twelve months. Over the years they have created an extensive and enduring international exchange network that has also afforded artists from Rotterdam the opportunity to take up residencies abroad.
In 2008 these five artists’ initiatives established RAiR – Rotterdam Artists in Residence – to jointly organise artists’ talks, debates and exhibitions. RAiR’s aim is to function as the point of contact for visiting artists, guest studios and art institutions in Rotterdam and their partner organisations in the Netherlands and abroad.
RAiR#1 is organised by Kim Bouvy and is made possible with the financial support of: City of Rotterdam, Department of Culture and Centrum Beeldende Kunst Rotterdam.
Vormgeving: Nienke Terpsma
Website: Janna Meeus
Thurs 5 February
12.00: Exhibition open
17.15: Introduction RAIR
17.30: Special opening ceremony with Maria Tuerlings - director of TransArtists.
18.00-22.00: Performances by storyteller Abner Preis and others, food, drinks and music untill 22.00
Sat 7 February
16.00-17.30: Artists’ talks. Short presentations by artists participating in RAIR#1 and Rotterdam-based artists who have recently worked abroad.
Sat 7 and Sun 8 February
by Abner Preis
Sat 14 February
16.30-17.15:‘Phantom Story’ by Nicola Unger. This innocent but cruel ‘miniature theatre’ performance tells the true story of a woman who accidentally meets Carlos, aka ‘The Jackal’, the infamous 1970s terrorist.
‘Phantom Story’ is produced by: Zeebelt, Productiehuis Rotterdamse Schouwburg, Frankfurt Mousonturm and Goethe Institut NL. Idea, performance, animation: Nicola Unger/Advise: Duro Toomato/Sound, voice: Jonathan Brown.
English spoken, entrance €5,
20 seats available, reservations
Sun 15 February
15.00-18.00: *Imaginary Cinema* - panel discussion and artists’ presentations. An afternoon of discursive pleasures: Edward Clydesdale Thomson invited four artists for a round-table discussion on the politics of representation.
A collection of edited audio described film scenes will be screened.
Reservations required: firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening: Thursday 5 February at 5 o' clock
(formerly the Fotomuseum)
Witte de Withstraat 63 3012 BN Rotterdam
open daily 12.00-18.00, closed on Mondays