Within the framework of MediaImpact International Festival of Activist Art
Curator: Katja Sokolova
Organizers: ThankEve productions & ARTPLAY Design Centre
- Eva Besnyo
- Melanie Bonajo
- Vincent Boschma
- Roel van Duijn
- Constant Dullaart
- Zoro Feigl
- Darko Fritz
- Robert Jasper Grootveld
- Nicoline van Harskamp
- Bernhard Willem Holtrop
- Thom Jaspers
- Constant Nieuwenhuis
- Victor Nieuwenhuis and Martha Seyfert
- Ulrike Rosenbach
- Marja Samsom
- Lidya Schouten
- Staats TV Rabotnik (Mart van Bree, Menno Grootveld, Reinier Kurpershoek)
- Simon Vinkenoog
Exhibition design: Maria Kalinina
Video installation from archive material: Jan Jaap Kuiper
Graphic design: Ludmila Shurygina
Opening: October 23rd at 6 p.m.
In the second half of the 20th century, anarchist artists from Provo, feminist movement Dolle Mina, Amsterdam squatters and media activists influenced state politics and changed public opinion with their sensational actions. What were they fighting for and what has become of activist art today? The exhibition tells the story of creative protest movements in the Netherlands from 1960s till 1990s, when those movements flourished, and also includes pieces by contemporary artists working with political themes today.
Anarchist utopias and political happenings, women’s art and feminism of the second wave, urban protest, squatters’ culture and do-it-yourself media are reproduced in archive materials – photos, videos, documentation of performances and actions, posters, drawings and manifestos. The viewer dives into the context of past events with the help of 3-channel video installation, composed of documentary footage shot by eyewitnesses. Works by contemporary Dutch artists, reflecting on the legacy of anarchism and feminism, as well as their critical interventions in today’s public space, establish essential connection between activist history and the present time.
The project is part of the second MediaImpact international festival, which is an open platform aiming at research, articulation, documentation, support and development of activist art. More information about festival events and participants can be found on the website: Mediaudar.net . The exhibition is held within the framework of the Netherlands – Russia year 2013, with the support of Mondriaan Fund and the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Moscow, Russia.