Upcoming – Back to Normal

During The Hague Contemporary Art Weekend we will present Back to Normal, an international collaborative exhibition & network event, initiated by the Alternative Art Guide and Artist-Run Network Europe (ARNE).

Back to Normal is loosely based on the recurring idea of “normality” after the pandemic, and more recently challenged by the emergence of the war. The exhibition runs from July 1st to 24th, involving twelve artistic initiatives: Quartair, Billytown, Hgtomi Rosa, Trixie, Artisterium, Flux Factory, U10, Sandwich Gallery, 16/16, C5cnm, MA Project, Uniarte.

Opening: Friday, 1 July, 2022
Exhibition hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 13:00 – 18:00
Until Sunday, 24 July, 2022

Extra program

Fri, 1 July – Opening | Collective walk tour route | 19:00 (all locations) Quartair + Trixie + Billytown

Sat, 2 July – Interview, performance, survey and network meeting (at Billytown) 14:00 – 18:00

Sun, 3 July – Informal talks with the artists (by venue) 13:30 Trixie | 15:00 Quartair | 16:30 Billytown

Artists at QUARTAIR: Elene Rakviashvili, Lehna Huie, Manuchar Okrostsvaridze, Dana LaMonda, Barney de Krijger, Jan Dirk Adams, Yukari Nakamichi, Quin Qu, Letizia Cassetta and Raily Stiven Yance

Raily Stiven Yance (Venezuela, 1989) likes to explore the edges of art with his oil paintings on paper, installations, and sculptures. Graduated in Plastic Arts from the University of Zulia, Venezuela. From an early age he has won awards and has participated in forty exhibitions and salons. In the past years Yance has given workshops and presented a solo show both in Curaçao and Aruba. He is now working on a new body of work whereby he makes studies of drawings of the nearby horizons and landscapes of Curaçao, Aruba, and between the Venezuelan coasts. His further references are also the characteristic architecture of the local heritage present on these islands. From this study, he makes unique syntheses through oil paintings on paper, exploring the ontological urgency he had since he was young.

Elene Rakviashvili (1966) multidisciplinary artist. Her practice utilizes all media and works with a conceptual approach. Her work is often site-specific and includes issues of identity, social status, gender, and ecology. Rakviashvili is interested in exploring the cultural differences, and present attitudes toward the social and environmental aspects in the relation to everyday life within the prism of history and cultural heritage. Graduated from the State Academy of Fine Arts, 1993, Painting. Lives and works in Tbilisi, Georgia. 

Manuchar Okrostsvaridze (1974) multimedia artist. Field of activity includes painting, drawing, sculpture and installation. From the beginning of 2000th his art has been influenced by conceptualism and post-minimalism. His works vary from minimalist drawings to site-specific installations and public sculptures. Has been participating in exhibitions since 1996. Activities over the past decade include independent projects as well as co-operations with the art galleries and independent curators. Graduated from the State Academy of Arts, 1998 (MFA), Painting. Lives and works in Tbilisi, Georgia.
 

Black Moon II – Lehna Huie, 2020

Lehna Huie (1988) is a multi-disciplinary artist and cultural worker of Jamaican heritage. Her work concentrates on themes such as soul, migration, nonlinear time and remembrance. as a means to recover untold narratives of those whose lived experiences have been erased and distorted by the chronicles of colonialism. Huies works are reflected through weaving multiple visual art forms as cultural vignettes rooted in an archival practice. Varying in scale, medium and surface, Lehna draws together clusters of accumulated art pieces, personal and found objects by using unique approaches to representational portraiture. Huie lives and works in New York City, USA

Dana LaMonda is a photographer and artist who captures images that only she is able to find through her a personal and upright way of working. In recent years she has immersed herself into the social groups she is seeking to portray. This form of research is intensely participatory and involves a great deal of sympathy for the subjects. This allows for the creation of a natural atmosphere where her subjects and their respective environments are released of any reserve. It is her candid frankness and sincere curiosity in people which enables her through photography to reveal to the viewers a social environment that would otherwise remain closed. One example is in project The Velvet Zone, where she became part of the “family” of a brothel.

Barney de Krijger (1944) has a long career as multimedia artist and initiator of former artist initiative Stichting Archief. De Krijger uses the idiom of recycling, slow analogue media (cinematography, photography, stereo-photography) and their diverse processes form the main issue in drawings, objects and installations. His method consists of recordings, perception and intriguing objects which were merged together into one installation. This assemblages go primarily by way of the association. Re-use and copying are the key, because both the objects and ideas have already been in other contexts and proven their worth. De Krijger works and lives in Lamswaarde, Zeeland NL.

Poster design by Kexin Hao

Partners & venues: Quartair, Billytown, Trixie, Hgtomi Rosa.