Currents 11

Currents 10: Luca Tichelman, This is us
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In 2024, Marres Maastricht and Jester in Genk (BE) jointly present the exhibition Currents 11. A young team will curate the exhibition, showcasing work by recently graduated artists from academies in Belgium, North Rhine-Westphalia and the southern Netherlands.

With Currents, Marres, House for Contemporary Culture, acts as a platform for emerging artists and curators to contribute to an international infrastructure for talent development. Jester, house for contemporary art in Genk, also pursues this same objective. 

The exhibition will be embedded in a broader guidance trajectory in which training, networking and professionalisation are central. After 10 editions, Currents is an established platform for young artists and curators. Over the past years, 150 artists from different academies have exhibited their work, have given presentations and participated in workshops. By participating in the project, 25 promising international curators have given their careers a firm boost.

Currents 10: Luna Mahoux, 2 strong for 2 long
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Introducing the curators for Currents 11

Marres (Maastricht, NL) and Jester (Genk, BE) have chosen Harriet Middleton Baker, Michał Grzegorzek, Nadim Choufi and Lucas Odahara as the curatorial team for the group exhibition Currents 11

Coming from different cities – Berlin, London, Beirut, and Warsaw – and working in different fields, the members of this year’s curatorial team met at the Jan van Eyck Academy. Lucas Odahara (left), Harriet Middleton Baker (center left) and Nadim Choufi (center right) are visual artists. Their artistic practices show a common research interest in historical power structures and alternative futures. Writer and curator Michał Grzegorzek (right) focuses on queer theory in the visual and performative arts.

The curator team was selected through an open call.

From left to right: Harriet Middleton Baker, Michał Grzegorzek, Nadim Choufi en Lucas Odahara.
Photo: Ugo Woatzi

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Open Call for curators Currents 11

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Currents #10: Loran van de Wier, Organic Materials
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Open Call
Curator team Currents
1 – 14 Febr 2024

This Open Call has now closed

In 2024, Marres Maastricht and Jester in Genk (BE) jointly present the exhibition Currents 11. For this exhibition, we are looking for a team of curators (minimum two persons). Apply as a team!

Currents is a recurring group exhibition, showcasing works by recently graduated artists from art academies in Belgium, Germany, and the southern Netherlands. The exhibition will be embedded in a broader guidance trajectory in which training, networking and professionalisation are central.

With Currents, Marres, House for Contemporary Culture, acts as a platform for emerging artists and curators to contribute to an international infrastructure for talent development. Jester, house for contemporary art in Genk, also pursues this same objective. 

After 10 editions, Currents is an established platform for young artists and curators. Over the past years, 150 artists from different academies have exhibited their work, have given presentations and participated in workshops. By participating in the project, 25 promising international curators have given their careers a firm boost.

Requirements
We are looking for a curator team that:

  • enjoys working closely with young artists;
  • has a good feel for production work;
  • has a keen eye on logistics and planning;
  • has good writing skills;
  • has the time in June and July 2024 to visit all the graduation shows in the Euroregion.

An honorarium and reimbursement for travel expenses will be provided. To reduce travel and accommodation costs, candidates with a residence address in the Netherlands or Belgium are preferred.

Interested?
Please send your personal resumes and motivation letters as a team to currents@marres.org.
Subject: curators Currents 11
Deadline: February 14, 2024
Interviews will take place between February 19 and 23, 2024

Currents 11
21 september – 3 november 2024

Currents #1: Wild Horses & Trojan Dreams

Currents #1: Wild Horses & Trojan Dreams
Juan Pablo Plazas, Girls, signs and evidences, 2013 (Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij)

For Wild Horses & Trojan Dreams, curators Laura Herman and Pieter Vermeulen selected artists that offer new perspectives on current forms of authorship, subjectivity, knowledge and artistic research.

Curatoren: Laura Herman en Pieter Vermeulen

The participating artists challenge the boundaries of artistic freedom and explore the value of art today.

During the conception of the exhibition, curators Laura Herman and Pieter Vermeulen kept a blog.

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Participating Artists

Fabian Altenried, Nima Bahremand, Lou Benesch, John Bijnens, Christophe Clarijs, Rens Cools, Lisa Decavel, Sven Dehens, Kipras Dubauskas, Sibe Duijsters, Daan Gielis, Laetitia Jeurissen, Ekaterina Kaplunova, Jóhanna Kristbjörg Sigurðardóttir, Saori Kuno, Astrid Mingels, Juan Pablo Plazas, Sanne Vaassen, Jelena Vanoverbeek, Charles-Henry Sommelette.

Participating academies

Academie voor Beeldende Kunst Maastricht, Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten Gent, KASKA Antwerpen, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, MAD-Faculty Hasselt, PXL Universiteit Hasselt, Sint-Joost Den Bosch, Sint-Lucas Antwerpen, Sint-Lukas Brussel, Sint-Lucas Gent, The Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts Liège.

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Artist Pecha Kucha

The Artist Pecha Kucha took place on 18 December 2013 at Lumière Cinema Maastricht. The afternoon lasted from 10:30 – 17:00. After the presentations there will be an informal meeting with drinks and snacks at the atelier of Maastricht-based artists and designers Valentin Löllmann and Fabian von Spreckelsen and writer Guus van Engelshoven.

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Currents #2: Rumour Has It

Currents #2: Rumour Has It
Carolin Eidner, Untitled (Party Delay 2), 2013–14 (Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij)

Marres Currents #2: Rumour Has It is the second episode of the annual exhibition series titled Marres Currents.

Curators: Hélène Webers and Mels Evers

With this series, Marres presents recent graduates from art academies in the Southern Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. While offering emerging artists and curators a platform, Marres also aims to build an international infrastructure for talent development.

Rumour Has It was curated by Hélène Webers and Mels Evers and presented a selection of contemporary art practice, featuring the work of inspired, young artists from the regions around
Maastricht. It was an impressive selection, with works by nineteen emerging artists, who, after their time at the academy, were now exhibiting their work to a wider public. These works were statements, each with its own execution and themes, which challenged the audience to view the work not as an irrefutable end product, but as a layered means of expression. In relation to current tendencies in contemporary art, the selected artists’ works were both surprising and convincing. They’ve taken flight from the art academies, with their sights firmly set on crossingborders. At the time of this exhibition, their work saw the light of day, it represented a contemporary current within the visual arts.

Rumour Has It was a proposition for searching and finding, both for the artists and the visitor. Amidst environments brimming with stories, shapes, colours, and performances, both met somewhere in the middle.

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Participating Artists

R’m Aharoni, Laura van Biervliet, Oliver Blumek, Polien Boons, Jerome Daly, Lydia Debeer, Thorben Eggers, Carolin Eidner, Timo van Grinsven, Hanne Haesevoets, Tom Hallet, Evelien Mattheij, Tessa van der Meeren, Mike Moonen, Griet Moors, Vincent Vreeke, Moritz Wegwerth, Simon Weins and Arnold Wittenberg.

Participating academies

Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten Maastricht, Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten Ghent, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, MAD-Faculty Hasselt & Genk, AKV|St.Joost Den Bosch & Breda, Sint-Lucas Antwerp, Sint-Lukas Brussels, Sint-Lucas Ghent.

Curators

Hélène Webers (1987) graduated in Museology at the Reinwardt Academy and Art History at the University of Amsterdam. She is involved in artists’ collective SERVICEGARAGE in Amsterdam. She also works as an independent curator. Before, she was assistant curator at SMART Project Space in Amsterdam.

Mels Evers (1987) graduated as a museum curator at the University of Amsterdam and specialized in performance art. He conducted research for the performance program of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and worked as a guest curator for various galleries. He is now program associate for the Friday Evenings of the Van Gogh Museum.

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Public program

MEET THE ARTIST

January 4, 2015
Tom Hallet & Polien Boons

February 1, 2015
Mike Moonen

February 8, 2015
Vincent Vreeke and Griet Moors

FINISSAGE
February 12, 2015

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Currents #3: Sightseeing

Currents #3: Sightseeing
Roel Neuraij, We weren’t lovers like that, and besides it would still be all right (Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij)

Marres Currents #3 is the third edition of the annual exhibition series titled Marres Currents.

Curators: Agata Jaworska, Ina Hollmann, Eva Jäger and Guillemette Legrand

With this series, Marres presents recent graduates from art academies in the Southern Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. While offering emerging artists and curators a platform, Marres also aims to build an international infrastructure for talent development.

Agata Jaworska is invited as guest curator for this year.

Jaworska teaches at the Sandberg Instituut, the Design Academy Eindhoven and the ArtEZ Institute of the arts. As a curator she created several exhibitions. Her outstanding exhibition In No Particular Order during the Dutch Design Week last year showed work of young designers. For Marres Currents #3, Jaworska gathered a team of curators around her. Ina Hollmann, Eva Jäger and Guillemette Legrand, (former) students of the Design Academy Eindhoven.

“We are interested in the way young artists position themselves in society and in their ideas about what an art practice can be”, says Jaworska. “Marres Currents offers artists the opportunity to think about emerging trends in the region and in broader discussions with artists, teachers, collectors, curators and the public”.

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Marres aan de Maas

Marres Currents #3 takes place at a different location. Address: De Griend 2 Maastricht. We are calling this location Marres on the Maas. The Marres Currents #3 exhibition is open from 17.12.2015 until 5.2.2016.

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Participating artists

Carlos Alfonso, Darcey Bennett, Maud van den Beuken, Jan van den Bosch, Asieh Dehghani, Stef van den Dungen, Mirte van Duppen, Ivo van den Elzen, Bauke Evers, Alessandra Ghiringhelli, Mikaël Groc, Fanny Hagmeier, Anja Kempa, Eva L’Hoest, Denis Maksimov, Claudia Mann, Thomas Min, Roel Neuraij, Renan Schulze & Eline Kersten, Charlotte Smet, Skye Sun, Giuditta Vendrame en Gladys Zeevaarders.

Participating academies

AKV|St.Joost Den Bosch & Breda, Fine Arts Royal Academy Liege, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, La Cambre Brussels, Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design Maastricht, Media, Arts & Design Faculty Hasselt, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp & Ghent, Sint-Lucas Beeldende Kunst Ghent, Sint-Lukas Brussels, St Lucas School of Arts Antwerp.

Guest Academies

Design Academy Eindhoven, Royal College of Art London, Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam, The Bartlett School of Architecture London.

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Sightseeing in De Brakke Grond Amsterdam

Part of the exhibition Marres Currents #3: Sightseeing was shown in Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond in Amsterdam from 19.02.2016 – 1.04.2016.

Public program

During the exhibition Marres Currents #3: Sightseeing, Marres and De Brakke Grond organised two debates.

Marres Dialogues took place on 3 February 2016 in Marres. The subject was ‘The paradox of objective representation’. Philippine Hoegen (artist, professor at AKV|St Joost) moderated the dialogue between Paula van den Bosch (curator hedendaagse kunst Bonnefantenmuseum), Chris Keulemans (writer and journalist) and Agata Jaworska and Guillemette Legrand (curators Marres Currents #3: Sightseeing).

On August 3 2016, De Brakke Grond organised a debate about: The Fiction of Discovery: Curating academies. With Agata Jaworska and Guillemette Legrand (Curators Marres Currents #3: Sightseeing), Annelies de Vet (designer, initiator and curator based in Brussels), Karen Verschooren (contemporary art and design curator based in Belgium), Jeroen Boomgaard( art historian and art critic based in Amsterdam).

Education program

For the exhibition Marres Currents #3: Sightseeing Marres has developed a special education program. This program can be downloaded and used as lesson material at schools.

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Currents #5: I Spy, I Spy a little lie

Currents #5: I Spy, I Spy a little lie

We see, we hear, we read, we exchange, and we get lost.

Curators: Isabel van Bos and Evelyn Simons

I Spy, I spy a little lie arose in response to growing frustrations regarding access to information and the valuation of knowledge. Recent events such as the Brexit referendum, undemocratic constitutional referendums in Poland and Turkey, and the presidential election of Donald Trump (which sparked the widespread usage of the term “fake news”), as well as the chaotic reception of the Catalan independence movement, created political turmoil and left the Western world perplexed and polarised. We ask: is it still possible to protect the truth in our contemporary democratic society? And, for that matter, has it ever been possible?

By re-examining the tools we use to communicate with one another, the works in this exhibition addressed how information and knowledge are shared today. In this era of digitalisation, virtualisation, and hyper information, reality exists on levels which seem to surpass our immediate perception. In extent, cyberspace or what we might call the “virtual world” is characterised by a continuous flux of information, facilitating the transfer of our ideas as well as the production of knowledge. In this context, online communities not only access and create content but also assess and regulate its quality. Are we able to protect ourselves from echo chambers, filter bubbles, covert political propaganda, and fake news within this self evaluating system?

An allusion made to ‘I spy’ (a game in which children are given clues of colour or shape in order to guess objects and thus develop their ability to categorise information) introduced the concept of play to the exhibition. What might have seemed like an innocent title at first glance, I spy, I spy a little lie evoked the idea that mere recognition of a dominant discourse does not grant access to truth, since such information is manipulated according to political policies, racial biases and consumerist agendas. Both individual and collective agency must be encouraged in order to refuse a passive citizenship where we would be reduced to the role of apathetic spectators.

For this project, the notion of play was activated through a scenographic intervention by the Italian collective Parasite 2.0, the graphic design by Roxanne Maillet (ERG Brussels), and further mediated in an educational program by Aurélie d’Incau.

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Participating artists

Henry Andersen (KASK Ghent), Felix Breidenbach (Kunstakademie Düsseldorf), Alejandro Cerón (Dutch Art Institute Arnhem), Nicholas Hoffman (Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste Städelschule Frankfurt am Main), Aurélie d’Incau (MAFAD Maastricht), Jesuus, (AKV | St. Joost Den Bosch), Tim Löhde (Kunstakademie Düsseldorf), José Montealegre (Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste Städelschule Frankfurt am Main), Ektor Ntourakos (AKV | St. Joost Den Bosch), Johanna Odersky (Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste Städelschule Frankfurt am Main), OJAI (Gary Farrelly (Sint-Lukas Brussels) & Chris Dreier), Nadia Perlov (Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste Städelschule Frankfurt am Main), Maria Gil Ulldemolins (PXL MAD School of Arts Hasselt), and Remko Van der Auwera (Sint-Lukas Brussels).

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Henry Andersen

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Performances during opening

During the opening of the exhibition and on special performance evenings, there were special performances that were part of the exhibition: Colonial Cocktails by Alejandro Cerón, Office for Joint Administrative Intelligence (Gary Farrelly and Chris Dreier) and Word of Daucus, World of Doubt by Nicholas Hoffman

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Currents #6: Good Intentions

Currents #6: Good Intentions
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Good Intentions, brought together personal stories and political statements dealing with identity, youth and cultural traditions.

Curators: Marian Cousijn, Bertan Selim and Anne Ruygt

From twerking to vlogging children, from the French Revolution to drone warfare and from pickling chestnuts to selling your soul for an ice cream.

Many of the selected artists moved to the Euregion from different parts of the world. Through their work they reflected on society and contemplated belonging in today’s established socio-political order. The artists treated subjects ranging from happiness to alienation; from controversial histories to the perversity of the internet. Their works question morality and focus on the tension that occurs between cultural appropriation, conformism and individualism.

Good Intentions combined photography, video, installation, performance, print and sculpture. Centering on the artists’ personal perspectives and experiences, it illustrated the complexity of self-definition in today’s world.

The exhibition presented the work of 17 emerging artists who recently graduated from Belgian, Dutch and German academies, and is part of the annual Currents series, organised by Marres and Z33.

The works of Pavel Balta and Nasrin Tork consisted partly of performances. During the exhibition they were present a few times in Marres to perform. The audience could for example sell their soul to Balta for an ice cream made of ceramic.

Curators

Marian Cousijn (1987) studied art history at the University of Amsterdam, followed by a Master’s degree curating art and cultures and a traineeship at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. She worked as a gallery manager at Upstream Gallery, a project assistant at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and as an art editor for the Dutch online platform The Correspondent. Last year Marian worked as a Mondriaan Fund Curatorial Fellow at Tate Modern.

Bertan Selim (1980) is a manager, editor and consultant in the arts, specialized in international grant making, photography and visual arts. Bertan currently works as head of Grants and Collaborations at the Prince Claus Fund in Amsterdam.

Anne Ruygt (1988) is an art historian and curator. She was part of the curatorial team at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. In 2016 she published an anthology of Dutch photography criticism, in collaboration with Frits Gierstberg and nai010 publishers. Anne writes for art magazines including Metropolis M and EXTRA.

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Sjoerd Houben

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Nimrod Karmi

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Susanne Khalil Yusef

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Yorgos Maraziotis

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Kim Nuijen

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Eric Patel

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Pati Petrykowska

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Constance Proux

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Anna Rubbens

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Alexey Shlyk

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Bert Snaterse

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Nasrin Tork

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Joris Verleg

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Thanks to

Grensverleggers – supports cultural collaborations between parties in Flanders, the Province of Noord-Brabant, the Province of Limburg and the Province of Zeeland, Mondriaan Fund – he public cultural funding organization focusing on visual arts and cultural heritage and FLACC, which offered a residency to four participating artists.

Currents #4: Running Time

Currents #4: Running Time
Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij

Similar to cinema, where running time indicates the full length of a film, Currents #4: Running Time offered indispensable time to a generation of artists who are interested in storytelling, myth, fact and fiction.

Curators: Barbara Cueto and Bas Hendrikx

The participating artists shared an interest in unravelling stories, whether true or fictionalised, and their work referred to narrativity, and cinematic time. The exhibition played with the cycles of knowing and becoming, and Marres Currents #4: Running Time acted as a framework for their stories to be continued.

The title ‘Running Time’ referred to the moment before an idea solidifies – the occasion that ignites the creative process. In current times of information overload, creative time is scarce. Yet it is this spare time in which a thought becomes a valuable idea, where a gut-feel or an afterimage triggers our attention. Running time is needed for the mind to associate freely, to let latent ideas surface.

Marres Currents #4: Running Time was a group-exhibition with artists who recently graduated in Belgium, the Ruhrgebiet in Germany, and the south of the Netherlands.

Currents #4: Running Time

Curators

Barbara Cueto (ES) is curator of Vesselroom Project in Berlin. Before that, she worked as a curatorial fellow of Bétonsalon in Paris and guest curator at Mönchengladbach Open House. Bas Hendrikx (NL) is associate curator at P//////AKT. His forthcoming projects include The Queer Series for Framer Framed and Skulptur Bredelar (DE). He has previously worked for Galeria Plan B in Berlin, and Hotel Maria Kapel in Hoorn. Cueto and Hendrikx worked before as a team for the project Your Time Is Not My Time at De Appel arts centre Amsterdam and the Impakt Festival 2016 in Utrecht (NL).

Participating artists

Caroline Bosc (La Cambre, Brussels), Tim Bruggeman (KASK Ghent), Ralph Collier (Sint Lucas Antwerp), Nathalie De Corte (Académie des Beaux-Arts Liège), Ties van Dijk (MAFAD Maastricht), Kiki Goossen (MAD-faculty Hasselt), Miriam Gossing & Lina Sieckmann (KHM, Cologne), Tessa Groenewoud (KASK Ghent), Romee van Oers (AKV St. Joost Breda), Camille Picquot (KASK Gent), Allan Rand (Kunstakademie Düsseldorf), Miriam Sentler (MAFAD Maastricht), Puck Vonk (Sint Lucas Antwerp), Reinier Vrancken (AKV St. Joost Den Bosch) and Thomas Wachholz (Kunstakademie Düsseldorf).

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Currents #4: Running Time
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Currents #4: Running Time
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Currents #4: Running Time
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Currents #4: Running Time
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Currents #4: Running Time
Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij
Currents #4: Running Time
Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij
Currents #4: Running Time
Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij

Videos participating artists

Currents #4: Running Time-Goossen

Currents #4
Kiki Goossen

Currents #4: Running Time-Sentler

Currents #4
Miriam Sentler

Currents #4: Running Time-Corte

Currents #4
Nathalie De Corte

Currents #4: Running Time- Vonk

Currents #4
Puck Vonk

Currents #4: Running Time-Collier

Currents #4
Ralph Collier

Currents #4: Running Time- Vrancken

Currents #4
Reinier Vrancken

Currents #4: Running Time- van Oers

Currents #4
Romee van Oers

Currents #4: Running Time-Collier - Groenewoud

Currents #4
Tessa Groenewoud

Currents #4: Running Time- Wachholtz

Currents #4
Thomas Wachholz

Currents #4: Running Time- van Dijk

Currents #4
Ties van Dijk

Currents #4: Running Time- Bruggemans

Currents #4
Tim Bruggeman

Public program

During the opening, special evenings and the finissage of the exhibition participating artists did a number of performances.  The film Oceans Hill Drive by Miriam Gossing & Lina Sieckmann was also screened. A recording was made of Puck Vonk’s performance The Neologism of the Female Voice. La Loba, a performance installation by Caroline Bosc was performed once in Marres. During the events Thomas Wachholz and Nathalie de Corte performed as well.

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Currents #7: Birds of a Feather

In his ‘Mal d’Archives’ (1995), the French critic and philosopher Jacques Derrida describes the archive as an entity that absorbs, protects, conceals, but also reveals the things that connect us.

We alternatingly desire or fear the flood of information with which we are confronted daily. In the eye of this visual and textual storm, the physical, mental or digital archive appears to offer a moment of repose. The same goes for the artists who test their collection of images, symbols and stories against that mass culture. It is this shared exploration that connected their work in this exhibition. Or as the English proverb has it: birds of a feather flock together.

Curators: Melanie Deboutte & Louis-Philippe Van Eeckhoutte

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Participating artists

Birds of a Feather presents works by seven recent fine arts graduates: Myrthe Baptist (BE), Justine Court (FR), Jonathan De Maeyer (BE), Jonas Dehnen (DE), Leroy Meyer (BE) and Naama Roth (IL). Each of them attempts to grasp a strange and confusing reality. The result is a confrontation of seven separate but harmoniously interwoven stories in a cross-over of painting, installations, sculptures, ceramics, photography, film, and graphic design.

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Currents #7: Birds of a Feather
Photo: Kristof Vrancken
Currents #7: Birds of a Feather
Photo: Kristof Vrancken
Currents #7: Birds of a Feather
Photo: Kristof Vrancken
Currents #7: Birds of a Feather
Photo: Kristof Vrancken
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FLACCGrensverleggers and the Dutch Embassy in Belgium.

Currents #8: And Me, Streams of You

The eighth edition of Currents, titled And Me, Streams of You, brought together 14 young recently graduated artists from Belgium, Southwest Germany, and the Southeast Netherlands, in a network of stories, experiences, and viewpoints.

In a variety of forms, from installation to textile, and from video to performance, the selected artworks embodied the diverse streams between subjectivity and context.

Some of the artists were guided by lived experiences, some investigated historical tropes of cultural meaning or mythology through their relevance in a contemporary context and others proposed a highly personal take on systems of language.

For the first time since the start of Currents in 2013, due to the corona pandemic, a (targeted) open call was used to select artists. This gave graduating artists the opportunity to present their work to the curators, as many graduation shows had been canceled or postponed. The talent development process was also different from previous years. The training day, on which in previous years all artists gathered at Marres to present their work to each other and to network, took place online.

The exhibition was part of the long-running project Currents, which is a co-production by Marres and Z33.

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Artists

Manon Clement (LUCA, Gent), Günbike Erdemir (KASK, Gent), Puck Kroon (St Joost, Breda), María Morales Arango (LUCA, Brussel), Anthony Ngoya (La Cambre, Brussel), Hilde Onis (KASK, Gent), Marios Pavlou (Kunsthochschule für Medien, Keulen), Hannah Sakai & Maria Smit (Werkplaats Typografie, Arnhem), Wilf Speller & Nilz Källgren (Dutch Art Institute, Arnhem), Daniel Vorthuys (ArtEZ, Arnhem), Eugen Wist (Städelschule, Frankfurt), Karen Zimmermann (Kunsthochschule für Medien, Keulen).

Curators

Helena Julian (Belgium) is a curator and writer. She studied Art History and Critical Theory at the University of Antwerp. She writes for artists, institutions and magazines and teaches at the Sandberg Instituut. She was an assistant curator for If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution and organized solo exhibitions for bologna.cc.

Tim Hollander (The Netherlands) is an artist, curator, scenographer and designer. He earned his Bachelor Fine Arts at the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht in 2014 and in attended the residency program at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht 2016-2017. He works in a variety of media including installation, sculpture, drawing and self-published books.

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Currents #8: And Me, Streams of You
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Currents #8: And Me, Streams of You
Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij
Currents #8: And Me, Streams of You
Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij
Currents #8: And Me, Streams of You
Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij
Currents #8: And Me, Streams of You
Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij
Currents #8: And Me, Streams of You
Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij
Currents #8: And Me, Streams of You
Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij
Currents #8: And Me, Streams of You
Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij
Currents #8: And Me, Streams of You
Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij

Artist’s video portraits

Current #8 Manon Clement

Currents #8 Manon Clement

Currents #8 Günbike Erdemir

Currents #8 Günbike Erdemir

Currents #8 Puck Kroon

Currents #8
Puck Kroon

Currents #8 Nilz Källgren & Wilf Speller

Currents #8
Nilz Källgren & Wilf Speller

Currents #8 | María Morales Arango

Currents #8
María Morales Arango

Currents #8 | Anthony Ngoya

Currents #8 Anthony Ngoya

Currents #8 | Hilde Onis

Currents #8
Hilde Onis

Currents #8 | Marios Pavlou

Currents #8 Marios Pavlou

Currents #8 | Daniel Vorthuys

Currents #8
Daniel Vorthuys

Currents #8 | Eugen Wist

Currents #8
Eugen Wist

Currents #8 | Karen Zimmermann

Currents #8
Karen Zimmermann

Currents #8 | Helena Julian & Tim Hollander

Currents #8 Helena Julian & Tim Hollander

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Currents #9: Mother(Land)

Currents #9: Mother(Land)
Theresa Weber, Coded (Photo: Selma Gurbuz)

Ten recent graduates focus on their own family tree.

Curators: Fenne Saedt (NL) and Lieneke Hulshof (NL).

In Mother(Land), the artists showed that your identity is shaped by your personal history and the places where that history took place. When we look at our parents, and their ancestors, the land they walked on, the cities they lived in, the work they did or the struggles they fought, we come across stories that still inhabit us somewhere deep within. Those stories are now lived; crawl through your skin, feed your taste and define your outlook. They form a family tree: an idea that permeated all the works in this group exhibition. Sometimes literally, sometimes in the form of religions that characterized their childhood, the country of origin that no longer exists or old friendships that have come to feel like a family. An exhibition showing an array of art forms. From sculptures to costumes, from photography to ceramics.

Participating artists

Anne Arndt (GDR), Sigurrós Björndóttir (IS), Emilia Chinwe Brys (BE), Lou Cocody-Valentino (MQ/FR), Doris Kolpa (NL), Telma Lemarchand (FR), Denys Shantar (UA/CH), Seppe Vancraywinkel (BE), Joppe Venema (NL) and Theresa Weber (DE).

Currents #9: Mother(Land)
Photo: Selma Gurbuz

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Theresa Weber, Coded (Photo: Selma Gurbuz)
Currents #9: Mother(Land)
Lou Cocody-Valentino, Archipel (Photo: Selma Gurbuz)
Currents #9: Mother(Land)
Doris Kopla, When the curtain falls (Photo: Selma Gurbuz)
Seppe Vancraywinkel, Within The Bubble of Surroundings (Photo: Selma Gurbuz)
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Joppe Venema, Retain, Restrain, Refrain (Photo: Selma Gurbuz)
Currents #9: Mother(Land)
Denys Shantar, Motherland (close up) (Photo: Selma Gurbuz)
Currents #9: Mother(Land)
Installatiezicht Currents #9: Mother(Land) (Photo: Selma Gurbuz)

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Currents #9: Mother(Land) in Z33
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Currents #10: Choose Your Own Story

Currents #10: Choose Your Own Story
Haevan Lee, Welcome to the Buffer Zone (Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij)

On Dec. 18, 2022, the anniversary edition of the annual group exhibition Currents opened. A young trio of curators curated the exhibition, which showed work by recently graduated artists from academies in Belgium, North Rhine-Westphalia and the southern Netherlands.

When it seems impossible to create an environment that can nurture our basic needs and social communities, we tend to do the opposite: constantly tinkering with the layers by which we build our identities. The sometimes hyperreal expectations of our society can overwhelm us, turning every experience into a staged reality. Somewhere between fiction and reality, individual and community, public and private, the artists in this exhibition turned the tables and wrote the script for their own narrative. From their different points of view, they showed us how they experience the world.

We often teach that there is always only one right answer for every situation, but for everything there is always more than one answer. Different routes represent different outcomes of the same story. For this exhibition, visitors were invited to wander, or to choose the next step by following one of the proposed storylines. In this way, the audience could discover a new generation of artists by choosing their own path to navigate in this plotted field at Marres.

Currents #10: Choose Your Own Story
Tara-Eva Kuijpers Wentink, Song of a Source
(Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij)

About the curators

This year’s selected team of curators included three curators working in Brussels: Déborah Claire, Erell Hemmer and Zeynep Kubat. Claire and Hemmer, founders of Dis Mon Nom, are both photographers and curators. In addition, Hemmer is also a graphic designer. Dis Mon Nom is a nomadic curatorial platform, residency site and public forum for little-heard voices in photography, activism and art. They were assisted in their role as curators of Currents #10 by Zeynep Kubat. She is an art historian, works as an independent curator, writer and editor for a range of art journals.

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Participating artists

Anna De Sutter, Johann Husser, Haevan Lee, Michal Luft, Luna Mahoux, Camille Poitevin, Loïs Soleil, Brahim Tall, Luca Tichelman, Tara-Eva Kuijpers Wentink en Loran van de Wier.

Currents #10: Choose Your Own Story
De curators & artists of Currents anniversary edition

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Currents #10: Choose Your Own Story
Luca Tichelman, This is us (Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij)
Currents #10: Choose Your Own Story
Anna De Sutter, How Low Can You Go? (Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij)
Currents #10: Choose Your Own Story
Brahim Tall, Tukuleur (Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij)
Currents #10: Choose Your Own Story
Camille Poitevin, Récit Glissant (Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij)
Currents #10: Choose Your Own Story
Haevan Lee, Welcome to the Buffer Zone (Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij)
Currents #10: Choose Your Own Story
Luna Mahoux, 2 strong for 2 long (Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij)
Currents #10: Choose Your Own Story
Michal Luft, Full of Potential (Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij)
Currents #10: Choose Your Own Story
Tara-Eva Kuijpers Wentink, Song of a Source (Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij)
Currents #10: Choose Your Own Story
Loïs Soleil, Tinder Robot (Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij)
Currents #10: Choose Your Own Story
Loran van de Wier, Organic Materials (Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij)
Currents #10: Choose Your Own Story
Johan Husser, The place to be happy, Proposal for a City (photo: Gert Jan van Rooij)

Platform

Marres initiated this Euroregional talent development project in 2013, which offers participants not only a stage but also a broader mentoring path with training, networking and professionalization. In 2018, Z33, House for Contemporary Art, Design and Architecture, in Hasselt, BE, joined this platform for professionalization as a co-producer. Jester is a partner. Marres and Z33 have been alternating annually as organizers ever since. In recent years, 140 artists from twelve academies participated and a much larger number of young artists benefited from workshops, fund days and activities. Also, 25 young curators gave with the compilation of Currents their careers a solid boost.

Currents #10: Choose Your Own Story
Design: Inès Collin

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