The eighth edition of Currents, titled And Me, Streams of You, brings together 14 young 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 embody the diverse streams between subjectivity and context. They pursue a movement from an ‘I’ to an ‘us’, through contemplation on their own various identities, heritages, and forms of expressions through language.
The diverse works often seem to speak in tune, others complement each other, swelling and overflowing into the next work. Some of the artists are guided by lived experiences, some investigate historical tropes of cultural meaning or mythology through their relevance in a contemporary context and others propose a highly personal take on systems of language.
Currents #8: And Me, Streams of You brings together the different perspectives of recent graduates, in this annual group exhibition.
Manon Clement (LUCA, Ghent), Günbike Erdemir (KASK, Ghent), Puck Kroon (St Joost, Breda), María Morales Arango (LUCA, Brussels), Anthony Ngoya (La Cambre, Brussels), Hilde Onis (KASK, Ghent), Marios Pavlou (Kunsthochschule für Medien, Cologne), 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, Cologne).
Artist's video portraits
Currents #8 | Manon Clement
Currents #8 | Günbike Erdemir
Currents #8 | Puck Kroon
Currents #8 | Nilz Källgren & Wilf Speller
Currents #8 | María Morales Arango
Currents #8 | Anthony Ngoya
Currents #8 | Hilde Onis
Currents #8 | Marios Pavlou
Currents #8 | Daniel Vorthuys
Currents #8 | Eugen Wist
Currents #8 | Karen Zimmermann
Currents #8 | Helena Julian & Tim Hollander
Marres and Z33 in Hasselt jointly develop Currents, a platform for starting artists and curators, in order to foster an international infrastructure for talent development. Currents consists of workshops and presentations, culminating in a group exhibition with a program for the public. This year, the two curators are Helena Julian and Tim Hollander. Over the last few years, more than 100 artists from 15 academies have taken part.
Helena Julian (BE) 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 (NL) 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.