About the part that art plays in a globalising society

Framer Framed

Zanele Muholi - Miss D'vine I (2007), collectie Museum Arnhem Zanele Muholi - Miss D'vine I (2007), collectie Museum Arnhem

30 Jun –
21 Aug 2016

Exhibition: What We Have Overlooked

The exhibition What We Have Overlooked (Amsterdam 2016), curated by Mirjam Westen, displays a selection of art works acquired by Museum Arnhem over the past twenty-five years. The selection consists of artists who in their work connect social, cultural and political issues within their own local context to a broader global framework. They question taken-for-granted historical constructions, cultural identities and political institutions. Framer Framed has been dealing with similar topics since its conception in 2009; critically analysing intercultural processes in contemporary art by means of debates, exhibitions and public programs. With What We Have Overlooked, Museum Arnhem and Framer Framed aim to shed new light on these debates.

Voices outside the echo chamber,
International Artists
The exhibition shows works addressing the aforementioned topics, by a range of international artists. All participating artists:

Lida Abdul, Özlem Altin, Carlos Amorales, Atousa Bandeh, Melanie Bonajo, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Esiri Erheriene-Essi, Angèle Etoundi Essamba, Meschac Gaba, Regina José Galindo, Remy Jungerman, Roshini Kempadoo, Monali Meher, Zanele Muholi, Ria Pacquée, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, Laura Samsom-Rous, Michael Tedja, Lidwien van de Ven, Kara Walker, HW Werther

One work, a series called Ecu – European Currency Unfolds (1992) by British artist Roshini Kempadoo, is still very relevant in the contemporary context. For this work Kempadoo, shortly after the enforcement of Europe’s ‘Schengen Agreement’, reproduced the then-banknotes of the European countries. On these notes, she pasted scenes of refugees and native peoples of former European colonies. With this she aimed to express her vision on the colonial history and future identity of the European Union.

Voices outside the echo chamber,

Voices outside the echo chamber,
The American artist Kara Walker raises another aspect of colonial history in her series The Emancipation Approximation (1999-2000): slavery. By means of a silhouette technique she addresses the influence of racist and sexual stereotypes on our everyday life in a narrative way; using wry, satirical overtones.

Thai artist Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, in her video from the series Village and Elsewhere (2010-2012), shows the effects of taking art out of the museum setting, by transferring it to an everyday context and monitoring viewers’ reactions. She places copies of renowned works by the likes of Van Gogh, Manet, Jeff Koons and Cindy Sherman on public squares, at the edge of a field, or in a Buddhist temple in Thailand. She then films the responses of local residents encountering the pieces. The videos are marked by the curiosity of the Thai residents; as their obvious pleasure in discussing the art works together is paired with a contagious sense of humour.

Voices outside the echo chamber,
Museum Arnhem
Since the nineties, Museum Arnhem has been at the foreground of accomplishing a culturally diverse art collection. By means of shifting collection presentations in and outside Arnhem, the museum is constantly forging new connections, offering views that attract and represent both current and future generations from different cultural backgrounds.

Image above: Zanele Muholi – Miss D’Vine I (2007), collection Museum Arnhem. Exhibition title borrowed from work by Lida Abdul – What We Have Overlooked (2010). Exhibition photography: Michiel Landeweerd

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Program opening:
17:00: Exhibition space open
17:30: Introduction by Josien Pieterse, director of Framer Framed
17:35: Speech by Saskia Bak, director Museum Arnhem
17:40: Speech by Mirjam Westen, curator of the exhibition (and permanent curator contemporary art at Museum Arnhem)
17:50: Live performance by artist Monali Meher (whose work is shown in the exhibition). Performance title: “One drop of blood”.



Feminism / Collection development /

Agenda


Filthy Mouth, Dirty Politics #2
An 'anti-conference conference', experimenting with transgressive speech acts, filthy, vulgar language, radical feminism and digital (non) spaces
Event: Farewell to the hermetic monoculture
Lecture by curator Mirjam Westen on the rol of art institutions in a rapidly changing global context.

Network


H.W. Werther

Artist

Kara Walker

Artist

Lidwien van de Ven

Artist

Michael Tedja

Artist

Laura Samsom Rous

Artist

Araya Rasdjarmerearnsook

Artist
Photo: Patricia Mathieu

Ria Pacquée

Artist

Zanele Muholi

Artist

Monali Meher

Artist

Roshini Kempadoo

Artist
@ kunsthalle fridericianum

Meschac Gaba

Artist

Regina José Galindo

Artist

Angèle Etoundi Essamba

Artist

Esiri Erheriene-Essi

Artist

Dineo Seshee Bopape

Artist

Melanie Bonajo

Artist

Atousa Bandeh Ghiasabadi

Artist

Carlos Amorales

Artist

Özlem Altin

Artist
Source: Artes Mundi

Lida Abdul

Artist

Mirjam Westen

Curator

Remy Jungerman

Artist

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