Linked Objects | Hoogtij #63 | Nov 27

On Hoogtij #63 Friday, November 27th, we open with Linked Objects, a collection of 36 films made by 36 artists during quarantine. The works are a meditation on our interconnectedness in times of isolation and forceful separation. The project was initiated by the International Environmental Art Symposium and Nine Dragon Heads, during the covid outbreak. Screenings have been realized in Sarajevo (BiH) as part of the IV International Online Art Festival Grad 2020 – Moja kuća (My house); at Cheongju Museum of Art (KR); in Palace de SEOUL (KR); at the Espace Juraplatz, Biel, Switzerland (CH) and at Avalanche Art Space, Great Barrington, Ma (US) and at Artisterium, Tbilisi (GE). Linked Objects will be open as well on Saturday, Nov 28th.

Linked Objects at Juraplatz, Biel/Bienne, Switzerland

Ali Bramwell (NZ), Alois Schild (AT), Antti Tenetz (FI), Biro Jozsef (HU), Bruce Allan (GB), Brigitte & Gabriela (AT), Channa Boon (NL), Christophe Doucet (FR), Daniela de Maddalena (CH), Denizhan Ozer (TK), Enrique Muñoz García (CL/CH), Diek Grobler (ZA), Fred Luide (CH), Gabriel Adams (US), Gordana Andjelic (BiH), Harold de Bree (NL), Hannes Egger (IT), Iliko Zautashvili (GE), Ingrid Rollema (HL), Jason Hawkes (AU), Jayne Dyer (PT), Jessy Theo Rahman (SR), Josephine Turalba (PH), Kelli Sharp (AU), Lois Schenk (AU), Magda Guruli (GE), Max Buhlmann (CH), Mike Watson & Jussi (IT/FI), Nandin Edrene (MO), Oona Hyland(IR), Pang Hyosung (KR), Paul Donker Duyvis (NL), Park Byounguk (KR), Pietertje van Splunter (NL), Phil Dadson (NZ), Rosh Abdelfatah (SY), So Young (KR), Susanne Muller CH), Thom Vink (NL), Yoko Kajio (JP).

Follow the instructions for ‘Window Performace’ – Hannes Egger, IT

Linked Objects is initiated by the International Environmental Art Symposium / Nine Dragon Heads. The project comprises an exhibition and conference dedicated to the wider perception of the COVID-19 consequences in contemporary culture and art.

It is said that digital communication has made the world smaller, and that we are interconnected through our avatars in the virtual world. What the outbreak of the COVID-19 has clearly shown is that we are connected through our real bodies as well in an analog world. This bond turned out to be no less solid or mutually influential than any world wide web.

Today in “lockdown”, we are linked to each other not only through social networks, messages and emails but also by the shared fears and hopes for medical treatment that can bring the rapid changes “back to normal”. We try to understand and assess the situation we find ourselves in. In our bizarre life-saving encapsulation, with numerous questions and expectations, we attempt to cope with separation, staying still and online.

The world that has stopped feels especially challenging for creative communities and the artists of projects such as to Nine Dragon Heads’ (NDH), working in post-studio, experimental or performative modes. Their creative impulse has always been linked to public space, to traveling, to the contact with others and with nature, at various corners of the world. The encounters with thought-provoking people and places are their inspiration and driving force.

The project Linked Objects provides a space to meditate on our interconnectedness in times of isolation and forceful separation. A condition similar to what German-Swiss psychiatrist and philosopher Karl Jaspers calls a limit situation. The term describes situations that disturb us, forcing us towards somewhat alternative self-identifications, and eliminates us from social connections, obliging us to survive and seek alarming ways of communication. In the electronic world, on the other hand, a “linked object” is an object such as a graphic, a piece of text, a file, which is included within a hypertext document in such a way that it is linked to the source file. So that whenever the source changes, the object automatically gets updated.

Postponed: InTake

The second edition of InTake would take place at Quartair on the weekend of November 6-8, 2020. Due to the covid up-rise, unfortunately, we had to postpone it.

InTake – Interdisciplinary Art Forms is an annual festival which aims at bringing together works that stimulate all the human senses with the goal of creating an inclusive and deeply engaging context for its audience. 

Drawing from the idea that true interactivity always results in different outcomes, the selected artists explore the possibilities of the role of the audience – how can the public become at once material and performer?

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David Hochgatterer
Ana Teresa Vicente
Tony Morton
Ivan Iovine
Luca Tornato
Iliada Charalambous
Ricardo Oliveira
Anita Nodilo
Hendrik Hohlfeld
Nikzad Arabshahi
Mehrnaz Khorrami
Cemre Deniz Kara
Mattia Papp

Artist Support Fair | 25 september 2020

Quartair wil extra aandacht vragen voor het belang van de kunstmaker en de vele broedplaatsen in Den Haag. Door de coronacrisis zijn kunstenaars extra geraakt. De vele noodmaatregelen richten zich met name op de grote gesubsidieerde culturele instellingen. Maar zonder de maker, geen kunst! Kortom met de tentoonstelling doen we een oproep om ook de kunstmakers en de broedplaatsen in Den Haag te ondersteunen.

De wortel is het symbool van de tentoonstelling die verwijst naar de uitspraak “Er kan van cultuur pas sprake zijn, als er een minimum aan materiële welstand is. Geen bloem zonder wortels.” (Godfried Bomans)

Open brief: Vergeet de kunstenaars niet!

Photo: Thom Vink


As an artist initiative we think that artists, as much as all cultural institutions, need to be represented and supported in times of crisis. Recent emergency funds have focused on the large, subsidized cultural institutions. But without the makers, is exhibition, or performance, or festival? Through this artist support fair we want to draw attention to the makers and the many breeding grounds of The Hague. We have invited around 100 artists and showed 175 artworks at Quartair.

opening on Friday, September 25th, 2020 at 6 pm
exhibition and sales through Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th, from 1 pm to 6 pm.

Toussaintkade, 55
Den Haag

Thanks to Gemeente Den Haag

Photo: Thom Vink

Hoogtij May 29: Should I Stay or Should I Go

An online exhibition presented by iii in collaboration with Quartair.

In the hit single from 1981 Mick Jones of UK band The Clash infects us with an ear-worm: “If I go there will be trouble, if I stay it will be double”. Is the song really about an unhappy love story, or is the question pressed by the punk rocker hinting to something else?

This exhibition starts as an anthropological investigation and ends in a series of playful rituals engaging with our senses through song and food. Questions around identity and migration are viewed through the individual experiences of members of the international artist community in The Hague. Tensions experienced while living in transition between places and cultures serve as fuel for three new works.

With works by: Wen Chin Fu, Matteo Marangoni, Daniël Siegersma, Davide Tidoni

ONLINE exhibition from 29th May 2020 to 14th June, 2020
Opening on Friday, May 29th with Hoogtij #61 – the online edition

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Special events:
29 May
| 21:00 – 23:00 online Karaoke party with Matteo Marangoni + Davide Tidoni
10 June | 19:00 online cooking workshop with Wen Chin Fu

Davide Tidoni and Matteo Marangoni in Strangers in Karaoke address the challenge of becoming familiar with a foreign culture while confronting negative stereotypes. In Tune of the Hamlets Daniël Siegersma channels his attachment to the native language of his ancestors by joining in song the different dialects of Low Saxon. Wen Chin Fu in Nederlands Gastronomisch Inburgeringsexamen responds to her experience with the process of acquiring Dutch nationality by imagining an immigration test over food culture in The Netherlands.

Should I Stay Or Should I Go is a project commissioned by Tetem and developed by iii with the participation of: Erfan Abdi, Marije Baalman, Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, Wen Chin Fu, Ji Kang, Gábor Kerekes, Lars Kynde,  Sebastiaan van ‘t Holt, Hanna Ijäs, Matteo Marangoni, Marit Mihklepp, Farah Rahman, Flora Reznik, Jonathan Reus, Ludmila Rodrigues, Daniël Siegersma, Davide Tidoni, Gabey Tjon a Tham, Sissel Marie Tonn and Philip Vermeulen.

Tune of the Hamlets by Daniël Siegersma is realised with Giovanni Salice, Isidor ten Hooven, Lester Kamstra, Willy Weerman, Herman Loning, Angela Siegersma, Reitze Brouwer, Douwe Gnodde, Herman Telgenkamp, Janny Veltman and Trijnie Groeneveld.

This exhibition is presented by iii with financial support from The Municipality of The Hague, Stroom Den Haag and The Creative Industries Fund NL.

Houtskool teken-panorama

Haagse kunstenaars Hanna de Haan en Rik Buter tekenen twee weken lang met houtskool op de witte muren van Quartair. Zonder vooropgezet plan. ‘We willen het proces laten zien.’

opening door curator Jef Schaeps

In lijn met het landelijke advies van het RIVM in de aanpak van het coronavirus, kunnen we helaas de deuren niet openen voor dit project. U kan een afspraak maken van maandag 23 t/m zondag, 29 maart, via email:

Lees Jegens en Tevens – “Het houtskoolvirus” – door Frits Dijcks

Rik Buter en Hanna de Haan / foto: Eveline van Egdom

Het krassen van houtskool op papier, veel meer is er niet te horen in de expositieruimte van Quartair. “We overleggen nauwelijks”, vertelt Hanna. “Ik denk ook veel minder na dan ik had verwacht. Het is gewoon actie.” Dat komt mede door de omvang van het werk: meters lange en hoge stroken papier lopen rond over alle muren. “Je maakt grote intuïtieve bewegingen en verliest je minder in details.”
In hoog tempo verschijnen er figuren op de muren, om even later weer te verdwijnen onder een nieuwe tekening. De twee kunstenaars krassen over hun eigen en elkaars werk heen, om zo tot iets nieuws te komen, op de grens van abstract en figuratief. Rik: “Als je tegelijk op hetzelfde vel tekent, laat je elkaar dingen zien en grijp je in op elkaars werk. Dan moet je loslaten en hef je je persoonlijke geconditioneerdheid een beetje op.”

Van ‘vuil’ naar schoonheid
“Het samenwerken brengt onverwachte keuzes, onrust, onduidelijkheid… ‘vuil’ dat nodig is om te vinden wat we zoeken”, aldus Hanna. Ze werkt graag zonder vooropgezet plan of verwachtingen, net als Rik: “Kwaliteit en schoonheid zitten vaak verstopt op plekken waar we eigenlijk liever niet kijken. Vaak zitten ze in de mislukking. Daarom begin ik een tekening met zo min mogelijk dogmatische opvattingen over hoe het zou moeten worden, zodat mijn onderbewuste vrij spel heeft.”
Hanna: “Ik heb de chaos, de rotzooi nodig om de structuur te vinden die ik zoek in mijn werk. In een mooi rustig natuurgebied kan ik niet werken, ik heb de rommel, de beweging en onrust van de stad nodig. Daar waar je het niet verwacht, is schoonheid op z’n meest opvallend.”

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The Other Book Fair

Art book fair – 29 November – 1 December 2019

The Other Book, a unique celebration of the artist’s book in all its facets, is the first biennial event in The Hague that combines an art book fair with exhibitions, workshops, talks, presentations, demonstrations, films, and performances at various locations.

The first edition of The Other Book is devoted to the Riso revolution: artist’s books produced with Risograph and Mimeograph stencil duplicators.
The festival program is curated by The Other Book, with contributions from West Den Haag and Grafische Werkplaats.

Locations: Quartair, Grafische Werkplaats Den Haag, Billytown, Page Not Found, The Grey Space in the Middle and West Den Haag
Full program:

Instagram: @theotherbookfair
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Opening: Friday 29 November 2019, 18:00 – Hoogtij#59
with performance by Jip Piet

With support of

Ex-MÊKH / Live web

De kortste verbinding tussen twee punten is een rechte lijn. Zijn er meer punten dan ontstaat er al snel een web. Sommige verbindingen worden intensief gebruikt, andere bevinden zich in de periferie.

EX-MÊKH (Ellen Rodenberg, Kees Koomen en Maarten Schepers) brengt met de tentoonstelling MÊKH-web haar in 13 jaar opgebouwde netwerk in kaart.
In eerste instantie zijn kunstenaars uitgenodigd die van invloed zijn geweest op de ontwikkeling van het collectief. Deze kunstenaars zijn: Marian Wijnvoord (Berlijn), Frans van Lent (Dordrecht) en Niels Post (Rotterdam).

Foto door Connie van Driel

Het laatste weekend organiseert EX-MÊKH een Live-web met meer kunstenaars uit ons netwerk. Geen week wordt dus hetzelfde, verweving vindt plaats door toevoegingen en verschuivingen. Publiek en kunstenaars die EX-MÊKH al langer volgen, weten dat het aan te raden is om alle drie de weekends in de gaten te houden op social media. (Hier zullen acties bekend worden gemaakt).
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MÊKH-web duurt van 20 september t/m 6 october 2019De opening vindt plaats op 20 september van 19.00 t/m 23.00 uur
Openingstijden: september 21 en 23: 13-17 uur
september 27, 28 en 29: 13-17 uur
oktober 4, 5, en 6 oktober 13-17 uur
Op 27 september zijn tijdens Hoogtij #58 van 19.00 t/m 23.00 uur de uitgezette sporen van MÊKH-web te zien

Deelnemers: (EX-MÊKH), Ellen Rodenberg, Maarten Schepers, Kees Koomen Gastkunstenaars: Marian Wijnvoord, Niels Post, Frans van Lent.


Fresh Dough. Photo by Dana LaMonda

With works by Iliada Charalambous, Luis Maly, Leonie Schneider, Jeannette Slutter.

Today we constantly experience a changing social, and urban landscape in which temporality is the norm, objects are made to be replaced instead of to last.Fresh Dough is an exhibition where four young artists based in The Hague react to this notion of temporality through sculptural ephemerality and a reaction to space.Four diverse approaches to sculpture and site-specificity will be presented in Quartair to explore the temporality in contemporary sculpture and perhaps its very ephemeral nature.

20 April until 22 April 2018
Opening Friday 20 April 18:00 – 23:00

About the artists

Luis Maly (1991, Wiltz) is a multidisciplinary artist based in The Hague. For the past year he is busy making architectural interventions in space. These normally are consisted by large scale installations. His work is a open dialogue with the exhibition space. By studying the space he composes a work which fits harmonically to the location.

Leonie Schneider (1993, Munich) is a visual artist and musician, currently based in The Hague. She is in the graduation year of her bachelor study of fine arts at the Royal Academy of The Hague. Her artistic practice deals with the topics power and authority in social structures. The concept of family constellation is often an inspiration to the positioning of her sculptures. The idea of the stage, where audience and sculptures are performing together reappears in her exhibiting.

Iliada Charalambous ( Limassol, 1993) is an artist currently based in The Hague. She holds a BA diploma in Fine Arts, sculpture from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, The Hague. Currently she is engaged in an artistic practice exploring various aspects of the human condition within contemporary society in relation to the past.

Jeannette Slütter‘s (1988, Enschede) work consists of site-specific installations/situations. She studied at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and is living and working between Rotterdam and The Hague. In her works she questions the format of exhibition, with an interest in duration and movement.

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Resonating Field

on-going research project Decomposing Landscape (2014) by Budhaditya Chattopadhyay

collaboration with Azimuth, iii, Vera Mennens (KABK) and Quartair

As humans, we are ingrained with our landscapes, knowingly or unknowingly. Subject both of science and arts, the landscape functions as a mirror and a lens in which we see and hear the site we occupy, and ourselves as we perceive it, transform it, and personalize it through the agency of artistic experience. However, we have arguably entered the Anthropocene – a new geologic era, defined by unprecedented human disturbances over earth’s environment and ecosystems. In this era, climatic integrity of natural landscapes in re-emerging economies like India is endangered.
The audiovisual installation Resonating Field from the ongoing project Decomposing Landscape (2014 -) creates a discursive situation for critical as well as affective engagement with these environmentally and ecologically troubled sites. The work has been developed through a meticulous collection of materials from various environmentally affected sites in extensive fieldworks supported by Prince Claus Fund. By exhibiting on-going work, the project intends to sensitize the wider public consciousness about the devastating consequences of a profit-oriented development model for the humans and their habitual environments.

Resonating Field is presented in a multi-channel sound and video installation.
The production of the work was supported by Prince Claus Fund, Amsterdam; ICST, Zurich University of the Arts. Camera: Ratheesh Ravindran; additional camera: Budhaditya Chattopadhyay; editing: Sreya Chatterjee; additional editing: Subhadeep Ghosh and Camilla Tiefensee Schrøder; still photography: Debanjan Bandyopadhyay; sound: Budhaditya Chattopadhyay.

Symposium: Electro-Acoustic Ecology – Sound, Environment and Technology
6 November, from 19:00
Prof. Marcel Cobussen, Leiden University
Jordan Lacey, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
Justin Bennett, Sonology, The Hague
Matteo Marangoni, iii, The Hague
Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, The Hague

Concert: Fri 10 Nov, from 20:30
with works by:
Siamak Anvari, Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, Dario Giustarini, Francisco López, Sohrab Motabar, Vladimir Vlaev, Soeria van den Wijngaard

Exhibition from 6 to 16 November, 2017
Visiting hours: Thu/Fri, from 17:00 to 20:00
Sat from 14:00 to 17:00

Soundwalk with sound artist Virginie Dubois: Sat, 11 Nov, from 15:00 – 17:00

This exhibition was supported by Gemeente Den Haag


Irakees Cultureel Festival

Een driedaags festival, met Iraakse kunst, een tentoonstelling en een mini-symposium. Het programma bestaat uit: literaire voordrachten, korte lezingen, interviews en paneldiscussies, vertoning van films, theater en performance, muziek en beeldende kunst.

Georganiseerd door de groep ‘Iraqi Artists in the Diaspora’ (AICD) i.s.m. Atelier Veldwerk (Baghdad-out editie 2016) en Quartair Den Haag.

Opening: vrijdag 30 september (Hoogtij) 18.00 uur met een optreden van Suzan Khalid, een Iraakse fluitist uit Londen, en om 20.00 een speciale uitvoering voor dit festival van het theaterstuk ‘Theatrical ramifications’ van Rasol Alsakher door Salman Rahim.

Openingstijden: Vrijdag van 17.00 tot 23.00 (Hoogtij), en op zaterdag en zondag van 13.00 tot 17.00 uur.

Tentoonstelling en doorlopend filmprogramma met werk van:
Turki Abd Al Amir (NL) / Hedar Abbas Abadi (AU) / Wail Albadry (BE) / Najah Albostan (NL) / Alaa Aldabbagh (FI) / Kauther Alrawi (FI) / Oday Alubaydi (NL) / Alwan Al Alwan (AM) / Raad Alzobeidi(NL) / Imad Alzohiri (NL) / Samir Amir (NL) / Jean-Paul Begot (FR) / Salam Djaaz (NL) / Ehsan Al Emam (UK) / Istinad Haddad (AU) / Riyadh Abdul Hussain(AU) / Salah Hassan (NL) / Saad Jasim (NL) / Suzan Khalid (UK) / Imad Mansour (FR) / Khazal Al Majidi (NL) / Bassim Mehdi (UK) / Parwin Mirza (NL) / Waleed R. Qaisi (QA) / Hussam Al Otaibi (SW) / Salman Rahim (IR) / Ahmed Sayon (NW) / Sudad Shalan (NL) / Udo Ulrich (DE) / Hanan Ajeel Zahroon (NL) / Sahil Alturk (NL) / Fadhel A Meseer (BE) / Nather Ibrahim Hassan (IRQ) / Mustafa Dzaey (IRQ) / Anaam Yehya (DE) / Mohammed Alzubaydi (IRQ) / Ramlah Jasim (NL) / Latif Aldabuo / Riyadh Arif Hakeem (IRQ) / Ameed Abbas Ameen (AM) / Assim Ferman (Jemen) / Ibtisam Naji (IRQ) / Rawdhah Shafeeq Mahdi (AM) / Talal Mahmood (IRQ) / Qasim Mohsin Hassan (IRQ) / Falah Ibrahim Flayyih (IRQ) / Kareema Hashim Mohammed (IRQ) / Lameeah Jasim Mohammed (IRQ) / Nadia Flaih Hassan (IRQ) / Saad Al Rubaye (IRQ) / Siham Mohammed Dhahir (IRQ) / Fathel Neema(NL)


Vrijdag 30 september
17:00 Deuren open
18:00 Openingsperformance, muziek door fluitist Suzan Khalid (UK)
19:00 Poëzie, voordracht van gedichten van Istenad Haddad
20:00 Theaterstuk ‘Ramifications’ door Rasol Alsakher, acteur: Salman Rahim (Ierland)
21:00 Poëzie, voordrachten door dichters, o.a. Hussam Al Otaibi (Zweden)
22:00 Theater ‘Ramifications’
23:00 Fluitist Suzan Khalid (UK)

Zaterdag 1 oktober
13:00 Deuren open
14:30 Lezing door professor Khazal Al Majidi (NL) over kunst en literatuur in de Sumerische beschaving
15:30 Ud-muziek, door luitspeler Ehsan Al Emam (UK)
16:00 Theater ‘Ramifications’

Zondag 2 oktober
13:00 Deuren open
13:30 Poëzie, voordrachten door dichters, Khazal Al Majidi, Salah Hassan
14:00 ‘Baghdad-Out 2016’ Interview en debat: De huidige situatie in de kunsten van Irak worden besproken met de gasten aan tafel en via een live-verbinding met betrokkene in Irak. o.l.v. Onno Dirker, Atelier Veldwerk
16:30 Finissage met muziek van de muziekband o.l.v Samir Amir (NL)

Een Blauwe Kamer

Een Blauwe Kamer is een groepstentoonstelling in de galerie van kunstenaarsinitiatief Quartair met speciaal voor deze tentoonstelling vervaardigd werk van acht kunstenaars. De aanleiding voor dit werk vormt het oeuvre van Louis Couperus, waaruit elke kunstenaar één of meerdere fragmenten heeft geselecteerd om tot een nieuw werk te transformeren. De uiteindelijke werken variëren van schilderijen tot sculptuur en installatie.

Tim Breukers
Geeske Harting
Wieteke Heldens
Hans Hoekstra
Astrid Nobel
Selma van Panhuis
Robbert Pauwels
Pim Voorneman

Er is een audiotour beschikbaar waarin Philip Peters de gekozen fragmenten voorleest.

Opening: vrijdag 6 november om 19:00 met een openingswoord door filmmaker Jan Louter

Open: 7 november t/m 4 december, vrijdag t/m zondag 13:00 – 17:00

Extra: 22 november om 14:00 rondleiding met toelichtingen op het werk door de kunstenaars

Finissage tijdens Hoogtij op 4 december 19:00 – 23:00

Louis Couperus (1863-1923) is tot op de dag van vandaag de bekendste Haagse schrijver. Deze tentoonstelling onderzoekt welke thema’s uit zijn veelzijdige oeuvre kunstenaars van nu aanspreken en zich laten transformeren tot hedendaagse kunstwerken. Door hedendaagse beeldtaal te gebruiken, waarin traditie niet per definitie geschuwd wordt, worden de door Couperus zo raak beschreven thema’s naar onze tijd opgetrokken. Deze thema’s zelf zijn vaak helemaal niet gerelateerd aan een bepaalde tijd of een bepaald milieu, maar aan het mens-zijn in het algemeen: liefde, kunst, tweestrijd, levensonvoldaanheid, noodlot.
De titel van de tentoonstelling is ontleend aan een anekdote waarin de vrouw van Couperus bij een logeeradres verzoekt om een blauwe kamer. Haar man zou zich het meest thuis voelen in een volledig blauwe kamer. De intentie van deze tentoonstelling is geweest een plek te creëren die niet misstaat in het hier en nu waar tegelijkertijd ook Couperus zelf zich thuis gevoeld zou kunnen hebben. Het is tenslotte zijn gedachtegoed geweest waar deze samenstelling uit voort gekomen is.

Met dank aan:

Den Haag Centraal

Reykjavik Stories

Een tentoonstellingsproject bij kunstenaarsinitiatief Quartair met acht IJslandse kunstenaars: Jón Óskar, Hulda Hákon, Finnur Arnar, Jóhann Ludwig Torfason, Ragnhildur Jóhanns, Dodda Maggý, Guðmundur Thoroddson en Sindri Leifsson

IJsland spreekt tot de verbeelding. Het is een land vol verhalen, met een uitzonderlijk landschap, een weerbarstig klimaat en een vooruitstrevende hoofdstad. Maar, de laatste jaren is er veel veranderd, o.a. veroorzaakt door de ineenstorting van het bankensysteem in 2008 en de daaropvolgende politieke kwesties. Quartair organiseerde eerder tentoonstellingen met IJslandse kunstenaars en vroeg zich af ‘Hoe is het nu in Reykjavik?’ Rondom deze vraag ontstond de tentoonstelling ‘Reykjavik Stories’ die 26 september opent in Quartair; de presentatie van het werk van acht hedendaagse IJslandse kunstenaars samengesteld door Tim Junge, initiator en producent van de Reykjavik Kunstkalender

De tentoonstelling laat werk zien van kunstenaars die niet alleen deze ontwikkelingen in hun werk gebruiken, maar tevens als meest representatief voor de hedendaagse ontwikkelingen in de IJslandse kunstscene gelden. Zij vertegenwoordigen twee generaties en hun interesse gaat enerzijds de harde realiteit van het hedendaagse leven in Reykjavik aan, maar put ook inspiratie uit IJslandse literatuur en Noordse mythologie. Dat uit zich onder meer in videowerk, performance, schilderijen en sculpturale gedichten.

Opening: Zaterdag 26 september – 17 uur door Ambassadeur Bergdís Ellertsdóttir in aanwezigheid van de kunstenaars

Expositie: van 27 september t/m 17 oktober 2015
van donderdag t/m zaterdag 13 tot 17 uur
Hoogtij en finnisage: vrijdag 16 oktober – van 19:00 tor 23:00 uur

Met dank aan

About the artists:

Dodda Maggý

While exploring the emotional language of video and music mediated through performance Dodda Maggý creates lyrical work portraying invisible or mentally projected elements such as perceptual experiences and altered states of consciousness. Producing audio/visual installations, purely sound based work or silent moving images Dodda Maggý attempts to externalize the internal dimensions of dreams, memories and imagination.

Dodda Maggý b. 1981 is an Icelandic artist and composer living and working in Reykjavík, Iceland. She has a BA in Fine Arts from The Icelandic Academy of the Arts and an MFA in Fine Arts from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and an MFA in sound art from the Nordic Sound Art program.

Finnur Arnar Arnarson

Finnur Arnar’s art constantly refers to aspects of Icelandic reality. As an artist he has worked with installations, made use of textual material and found objects and produced numerous video pieces. His exhibitions often feature all of the above. The artist creates a space for the viewer to enter and vitalize through his presence. This is where we come across a story, at least the intimations of a narrative: someones just been here, now he’s gone, is he coming back? And who is he?

Hulda Hákon

From the start of her career, Hulda Hákon has displayed a knack for presenting everyday life as a heroic enterprise. Her works commemorating small victories, mishaps or just curious incidents in tableaux, images and text that show them to be, in their small way, dramatic and noteworthy.

Hulda Hakon has a career of 30 years. Her wall reliefs can be found in public and private collections around the world.

Jón Óskar

“From the beginning, Jón Óskar’s art set him apart, even on Iceland’s sometimes chaotically diverse art scene. His paintings, always confidently executed, managed to balance a high modern sensibility with something quintessentially contemporary, quite edgy without tying into trends.

If we are to look to art history for parallels to Jón Óskar’s work, we can stop both at Diego Velásquez’s painting Las Meninas and René Magritte’s picture of the pipe, two classic examples about the conflict between presence and absence in figurative imagery. Jón Óskar’s parallel in contemporary art can be found in Anselm Kiefer, who in his historical paintings has shown us the surface of the painting as the battlefield between nothingness and being.”

Jón Óskar studied at The Icelandic School of Arts and Crafts in Reykjavik, and School of Visual Arts in New York. Born in Reykjavik, Iceland, 1954. Lives and works in Reykjavik and The Westman Islands, Iceland.

Jóhann Ludwig Torfason

The art of Jóhann Ludwig Torfason reflects his attitude to social issues. Imagery is applied to the pop and consumer culture and is the focal point often from the perspective of children, by the use of images created for training and games. Principles of the art market are also the center of his work with the operations of Torfason’s “faux business”, the company Pabbakné that produces his works.

Torfason was born 1965 in Reykjavík, Iceland and studied Printmaking, Drawing and Multimedia in The Icelandic College of Art and Crafts 1985­90. He has held solo exhibitions and participate in numerous exhibitions in Iceland and internationally. Co­founder of Comic Magazine Gisp. Founder of art­project/company Pabbakné. Teacher and Head of Printmaking Studio in Iceland Academy of the Arts since 2006.

Guðmundur Thoroddsen

Gudmundur Thoroddsen (b. 1980) graduated with BA-degree from Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2003 and an MFA-degree from School of Visual Arts in New York in 2011. His work glorifies, makes fun of and criticizes men and patriarchy in mediums such as drawing, painting, ceramics and wood. Gudmundur has taken part in many group and solo exhibitions in Iceland, New York and Europe and his work been reviewed in publications such as Artforum, The New York Times, Time out New York and Dazed digital.

Gudmundur is represented by Asya Geisberg Gallery in New York.

Ragnhildur Jóhanns

Ragnhildur Jóhanns (b.1977) works with language, text and performance and seeks to create poetic objects, collages, drawing or print making to name a few. Jóhanns works books and poetry into most of her work. she is a sculptural, visual and physical poet, unhindered by convention. She works with text, with performance but seeks to create poetic objects, pure concrete poems, that is literally fashioning books out of her work and embodying the text.

Ragnhildur Jóhanns graduated from the Icelandic Art Academy in 2010. She has exhibited in numerous exhibitions in Iceland and internationally. Jóhanns has been involved in various creative projects such as exhibitions, readings and publishing.

Sindri Leifsson

Sindri Leifsson (b. 1988) graduated from Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2011 and earned an MFA degree from Malmö Art Academy in 2013. He works in between sculpture and performance where the process takes him from labour to material traces. Recently he has been based between Reykjavík and Stockholm where he has both shown his work and is associated with participatory projects PHENOMENAL and artist run space Kunstschlager.