September 16, 2020

Advanced Master of Research in Art and Design 2019–20
Rather raw but turning softer

St Lucas School of Arts Antwerp

Tunde Toth, Conditions for Y Commons, 2020

Anna Housiada, Following the thread from food and taste to identity and the relationship with the Other. What kind of storytelling can be found in a dish?.., 2020

Alicia Jeannin, Quand ils parlent, 2020

Lucy Cordes Engelman, Nehalennia is Awake (still from film), 2020

Anne Marie Sampaio, Words are Actions, 2020

Risk Hazekamp, Versatile Relationality (video still), 2020

Paz Ortúzar, I am the Breadth of It All, 2020

Simona Da Pozzo, Hacking Monuments, 2020

Felipe Muhr, Ballads, 2020

Kaat Van Doren, Conversation Piece #3 06082020 12:26u (variable dimensions), from the research series "Com-Post Romantic Order / Between Bitumen and Sunlight", 2020


Agata Jastrzabek Filarowska with Juliette Lacroix, rain is rain, 2020

Pierre-Antoine Vettorello, Wearable willow and linen structures (model: Rahim Lone), 2020

Rather Raw But Turning Softer is an exhibition platform to share the outcome of our artistic research. Here you’ll find twelve different projects with common ground uniting them all. This common ground was woven by multiple hands, little by little, in an effort to reflect on how artists and designers can engage with their practice in an active and critical way—while situating themselves and reacting to past and ongoing injustices, inequalities and standards. We believe that every act of research is an open ended process. You are welcome to contact the artists-researchers for more details, and to engage in conversation with them.

Coming from more than twelve different places all over the world and with diverse backgrounds, we met as participants of the 2019–20 Advanced Master of Research in Art and Design within a Social-Political Context at Sint Lucas School of Arts Antwerp (Belgium). For the past year, we have been committed to our individual research projects and multiple collective exchange moments, with the support of tutors and guest tutors. Based on agreements of reciprocal care, engaged listening, and keeping our relations as horizontal as possible (within the limits of an art education institution), we were enriched by each other’s work as we were introduced to different research methods, theoretical concepts, and practical tools, to artistically question and challenge today’s power relations.

In March of 2020, Covid-19 arrived in Europe, and AdMa19-20 was shaken to its core. Between the fear and confusion that the pandemic brought, we had to adapt to new ways of being together, sharing as a group, and caring for the world. We would have loved to be physically close now at the close of this program; presenting our research, exchanging ideas, sharing food.. And we would have loved to meet you in person. However, health measures make that we cannot be togerher and to share as broadly as possible we choose this virtual medium. Rather raw but turning softer is here for us to meet, to get inspired, to reflect, and to share. Please reach out; we would love to hear from you!

Agata, Alicia, Anna, Anne Marie, Felipe, Kaat, Lucy, Paz, Pierre-Antoine, Risk, Simona and Tunde

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