Foto: Omar Imam
Marres Maastricht and Z33 Hasselt invited Marian Cousijn (1987, NL), Bertan Selim (1980, NL/MK) and Anne Ruygt (1988, NL) as curators of Currents #6, devoted to works by graduates from art academies in the South of the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Currents #6 takes place from 12 December 2018 until 10 February 2019 at Marres, House for Contemporary Culture in Maastricht.
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. After graduating 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, where she presented the talk show Artfest. Last year Marian worked as a Mondriaan Fund Curatorial Fellow at Tate Modern, where she contributed to the exhibitions Giacometti and Modigliani.
Bertan Selim (1980) is a manager, editor and consultant in the arts, specialized in international grant making, photography and visual arts. His work in the past has centered on educational/mentorship-based programs related to documentary photography and visual arts ranging from the Middle East and North Africa to Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. In 2017 he curated his first solo exhibition Humanness (Sexyland, Amsterdam). 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. Between 2010 and 2016 she was part of the curatorial team at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. She curated various collection displays with modernist icons such as Erwin Blumenfeld and Man Ray and contemporary artists including Rineke Dijkstra and Wolfgang Tillmans. In 2016 she published an anthology of Dutch photography criticism, in collaboration with Frits Gierstberg and nai010 publishers. Last year she analyzed the collection policies of Tate and Museum Boijmans van Beuningen and worked as interim curator at FOMU, Antwerp. Currently, she works on Ad van Denderen’s latest documentary project with producer Paradox, she hosts a talk show on photography and writes for art magazines including Metropolis M and EXTRA.
In 2018, Marres Maastricht and Z33 Hasselt jointly present the exhibition Currents #6, an annual 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 professionalization are central.
With Currents, the House for Contemporary Culture of Maastricht, Marres, acts as a platform for up-and-coming artists and curators to contribute to an international infrastructure for talent development. Z33 – House for Contemporary Art in Hasselt also pursues this same objective in its operations. With Z33 Talent, Z33 aims to be a driving force for talent development.
After five editions, Currents is a secure platform for young artists and curators. Over the past years, 95 artists from 12 academies have exhibited their work, have given presentations, and participated in workshops. By participating in the project, 12 young international curators have given their careers a considerable boost.
The sixth edition of Currents #6 opens on Wednesday 12 December 2018 at Marres Maastricht. Currents #7 will be on view at Z33 in Hasselt in December 2019.