December 24, 2021

Exhibitions: Material Context: Master Fine Art 2020/2021 graduation exhibition: Piet Zwart Institute

Art & Education

Junghun Kim, Geological meditation: Interconnective layers for another perspective, 2021. Natural objects, fruits, vegetables, plants, and acrylic on panel, dimensions variable. Photo: Studio Wolphi.

Halla Einarsdóttir, We’ve Come Back From Always Ladybird, 2021. Installation view. Mixed media, dimensions variable. Photo: Studio Wolphi.

Annabelle Binnerts, Gardener’s Monologue (Stuck in a Sentence), 2021. Hand-painted mural, dimensions variable. Photo: Studio Wolphi.

Olga Hohmann, I am your roadkill, 2021. Performance, 30 minutes, Photo: Marta Hryniuk.

Lucia Bayon Mendoza, I, Stubborness, 2021. Denim cloth and interlining. Photo: Studio Wolphi.

Bruno Neves, Reflecting alongside Aztec image-making (detail), 2021. Oil on canvas, 120 × 150 cm. Photo: Studio Wolphi.

Steven MayburyThree Photography Plants, 2021. Installation; Tree, 2021. Silicon wafer, steel, and lemon juice; Shrub, 2021. Resistors, steel, and rust; Creeper, 2021. Silicon wafer, copper with patina, and fertilizer; Wall work, 2021. Silicon carbide on paper, 200 × 150 cm. Photo: Studio Wolphi.

Josie Perry and Daphne Simons, Salon at the Centre of the Earth, 2021. Colored pencil on paper, 29.7 × 42 cm. Photo: Studio Wolphi. 

Art & Education presents “Material Context,” the Piet Zwart Institute Master Fine Art 2020/2021 graduation exhibition, on Exhibitions.

Material Context: Master Fine Art 2020/2021 graduation exhibition: Piet Zwart Institute
The Piet Zwart Institute Master Fine Art celebrates the graduates of 2020 and 2021 with an exhibition of their recent works.

Through lockdowns and uprisings over the last year, artists have had to question how to engage artistic practice and life within both turbulence and monotony. Art practices have had to renegotiate new awarenesses of health, safety, grief, and isolation. Meanwhile, movements for social justice seeking recourse to historic injustices weigh on our everyday consciousness. Notwithstanding the current emergent contexts of our time, the artists in this exhibition have been tasked with carrying the particularities of their own aesthetic and relational concerns into a field that is rapidly transforming around them. Together, the 2020 and 2021 graduates of the Piet Zwart Institute Master Fine Art represent two ends of a very long year. The conditions that have marked us all in different ways continue to influence the many and varied directions taken by these makers, doers, and organizers.

The location of this exhibition, the former Rotterdam city archives, provided an architectural framework and a space to project through layers of history. As a storehouse for data and documentation of a city through the span of several decades, the archive, now emptied of its contents, was an appropriate space for framing this collective endeavor. What materializations, documents, or remnants serve as useful indications of shared histories? How do singular images represent not only themselves but perhaps also stand in for communal narratives and even global paradigms?

This exhibition includes Piet Zwart Master Fine Art graduates of both 2020 and 2021. Their works, as singular as they may be, also stand as markers for an ongoing shared experience: not only of pandemic and social transformation but also of the smaller movements of everyday life. There is a general sociality between these works as they came into being around each other. The mutual influence of the conditions of the Piet’s shared studio spaces, collaborations, and solidarities might also inform how we engage with this exhibition through curiosity, attention and care.

“Material Context” was organized by Danny Giles (Course Director, Piet Zwart Institute Master Fine Art), Nathalie Hartjes (Director, MAMA), and Kim de Haas (Daily Manager, MAMA).

Participating artists: Diana Al-Halabi, Guillem S. Arquer, Emma Astner, Ayo, Annabelle Binnerts, Linus Bonduelle, Dagmar Bosma, Antonia Brown, Jake Caleb, Petter Dahlstrom Persson, Pascale de Graaf, Aimilia Efthimiou, Halla Einarsdóttir, Olga Hohmann, Peter Horneland, Jamie Kane, Jonghun Kim, Bruno Machado das Neves, Steven Maybury, Lucia Mendoza, Lukas Meßner, Christian Ovesen, Josie Perry, Daphne Simons, Yanik Soland, and Berglind Tryggvadóttir.

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