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Opening of the exhibition Breaking Waves (2024) by Clara Jo at Framer Framed, Amsterdam. Photo: Β© Maarten Nauw / Framer Framed
Breaking Waves (2024) by Clara Jo at Framer Framed, Amsterdam. Photo: Β© Maarten Nauw / Framer Framed
Breaking Waves. Screenshot Nests of Basalt, Nests of Wood by Clara Jo

29 May –
28 Jul 2024

Exhibition: Breaking Waves

During Amsterdam Art Week, Framer Framed presents the exhibition Breaking Waves by artist Clara Jo, who has been Atelier KITLV-Framer Framed artist in residence for the past year. Through a story about epidemiological and maritime movement, Breaking Waves subverts concepts of colonial erasure and questions our collective imaginations during global crises.

Clara Jo’s research explores the myths and political entanglements around the distribution of disease across the Afrasian Sea (Indian Ocean), often recounted in ways that protect an imperialist narrative. She studies historical erasure in the collective memory during states of quarantine, emphasising its environmental effects, and examines how dominant narratives emerge and influence the collective imagination during times of crisis.

Part of Breaking Waves is the documentary fiction film Nests of Basalt, Nests of Wood. Combining animation with filmed footage, the work illuminates damage done to the island landscape, highlighting the human capacity to forget. The film is narrated from the viewpoint of the Paille-en-queue bird, who inherited its history through oral accounts from its ancestors and brings attention to colonial histories and forced displacement across the Afrasian Sea.

The exhibition marks the Dutch premiere of the film Nests of Basalt, Nests of Wood (2024). Alongside the film is the first public presentation of new work produced during Clara Jo’s research at the KITLV archives.

Clara Jo, Nests of Basalt, Nests of Wood (video, 2024) ons show at Framer Framed, Amsterdam. Photo: Β© Maarten Nauw / Framer Framed

Opening
29 May, 2024 | 16:00 β€” 19:00h

Workshop
On 1 June 2024, 14:00 β€” 16:00h, the artist will organise a guided tour and a workshop about her research on archival materials. During the workshop, Clara Jo will share the creative process on how she translated both personal and official archival materials into Nests of Basalt, Nests of Wood. Participants are welcomed to bring an object or image from their own personal archive as a starting point to think through the feelings, sensations, and memories evoked.

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Location
Framer Framed
Oranje-Vrijstaatkade 71
1093 KS, Amsterdam

Opening times
29 May – 28 Jul
Tuesday – Sunday, 12:00-18:00
Free entry


Framer Framed is supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science; Amsterdam Fund for the Arts; Municipality of Amsterdam; and VriendenLoterij Fonds.

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Opening: Breaking Waves
Opening of the exhibition Breaking Waves by artist Clara Jo during Amsterdam Art Week

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