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.

needs must (when the devil drives)

Needs Must is a piece of avant-garde theatre created and performed by Petra van Beuningen and Charlie Watkins. Petra’s theatre talent, recognised in numerous theatrical projects, combines with Charlie’s Shitcluster experience to create a quirky tale of sex and violence spread over 60 minutes. The piece will be performed four times with technical support from Rob Bothof.

Entry is free with no seat reservation. First come, first served basis, with maximum 50 visitors per performance. Once visitors are admitted, the doors will be closed and the performance will begin with no further admittance. Please come in plenty of time.

Friday 17 June doors open at 20.00
Saturday 18 June doors open at 15.00
Saturday 18 June doors open at 20.00
Sunday 19 June 22 doors open at 15.00

The bar will open after each performance with musical entertainment.

The Other Book 2022

This year we proudly receive the second edition of The Other Book, the artists’ book fair with over 60 independent book makers alongside HOK and the Grafische Werkplaats Den Haag.

Fri 27 May   19.00-23.00   Opening Hoogtij
Sat 28 May   13.00-19.00   Exhibition
Sun 29 May   13.00-19.00   Exhibition followed by after party

The second edition of The Other Book, from May 27 to 29, is devoted to the underground: artists’ books and other printed matter ephemera of the counterculture; from the past and from the present. The exhibition opens in the occasion of Hoogtij #69, the Contemporary Art Tour of The Hague.

The Other Book provides a platform for artists, publishers, print rooms, collectives, art libraries, collectors, and book enthusiasts from all secret corners of the world. Come and browse through a collection of underground artists’ books and artistic publications beyond your wildest imagination.

By creating a stage for both local and international artists and underground publishers, The Other Book serves as a place of exchange. The extensive program explores artistic practices, conceptual publications, and the seemingly endless possibilities of the self- or independently published artist’s book and artistic publications.

After Party Sunday, May 29, 20:30: performances by Jezus Cinco, Strict Nurse and Gökay Atabek, from Vølksamt!. Read more >

VENUES
Quartair
Grafische Werkplaats Den Haag
HOK

theotherbook.eu

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Hoogtij #68 ‘OPEN’

On Friday, March 4th, in the occasion of Hoogtij #68, we will function as open studio, with works, fragments, processes, music by artists from Quartair and guests.

This will be an experimental place for works in progress or works that were never shown before. One wall will be reserved for an interactive action: visitors are invited to add drawings or statements with glow-in-the-dark painting. The results will be seen and experienced at the end of the evening.

With Sophia Boeschoten, Mekhlla Harrison, Zuza Zgierska, Louis Braddock Clarke, Blanka de Bruyne, Marlies Adriaanse, Thom Vink, Jessy Rahman, Dana LaMonda, Jessica de Wolf, Wieteke Heldens, Astrid Nobel, Geeske Harting, Pietertje van Splunter, Harold de Bree and Mike Rijnierse.

Astrid Nobel: Noordzee botten

HOOGTIJ is a cultural tour throughout the art spaces of The Hague, taking place four times a year, on Fridays from 7-11 PM. It includes various locations and exhibitions often with extra activities. Free entrance.

QUARTAIR opens this Friday, March 4th, at 19:00.
The exhibition runs through the weekend, March 5th-6th, from 13:00 to 17:00.

Address:
Toussaintkade 55, 2513 CL
Den Haag

Support for Ukraine | This Friday Quartair sells postcards and posters made by Ukrainian artists capturing life in their homeland. The revenue is dedicated to humanitarian aid in Ukraine.

Header image: Louis B. Clarke & Zuzanna Zgierska

Non Linear Narrative Tech Week 2022

How to bridge the digital realm with the physical experience? Rather than visualizing data on the screen, in this Tech Week we focused on interpreting information, social trends and ecological phenomena as alternative adventures, including visual, audible, olfactory and even gustative experience.

Having the internet as (real-time) input, six projects were conceived, designed and coded, translating bytes into dynamic installations and performative (inter)actions.

The Tech Week 2022 was hosted by Rob Bothof, Mike Rijnierse and Ludmila Rodrigues at Quartair, as an immersive and experimental workshop for the Non Linear Narrative masters of the Royal Academy of Art (KABK), between February 7th and 11th, 2022.

Participants: Lisette Alberti, Coco Maier, Kateryna Gaidamaka, Paul Mielke; Shouyi He, Julija Panova, Alicja Konkol; Eszter Nagy, Karolina Uskakovych, Daan Veerman; Lode Dijkers & Daniel Gremme; Leonie Gores & Camille Noray; Niels Otterman, Akina López, Jeroen van den Bogaert.