Crooked Elbow, Serpent Brain: Piet Zwart Institute Master Fine Art Graduate Exhibition

Connie: Can you close the door?
Eothen: It feels like the first day of the school year [laughs].
Connie: Yeah.
Dan: I’m still afraid of all of you.
[group laughs]
Viktor: That’s a good starting point.

—from "Still afraid of all of you. Conversation recorded on May 22, 2017, at the Piet Zwart Institute" in the publication Crooked Elbow, Serpent Brain, edited by Nathalie Hartjes and designed and produced by Yin Yin Wong at Publication Studio Rotterdam.

Crooked Elbow, Serpent Brain is the 2017 Piet Zwart Institute Master Fine Art graduate exhibition and performance program, and a collaboration between the graduating artists and staff of the PZI MFA and Showroom MAMA, Galerie Kromme Elleboog, and Worm_UBIK. Crooked Elbow, a translation of Kromme Elleboog, refers to the infamous alleyway in the cultural heart of Rotterdam; Serpent Brain hints at our reptilian instincts of fear and survival.

Featuring: Connie Butler, Angelica Falkeling, Tor Jonsson, Ash Kilmartin, Anni Puolakka, Nicholas Riis, Erika Roux, Eothen Stearn, Viktor Timofeev and Daniel Tuomey.

Guided by: Marloes de Vries (curator, MAMA), Charlien Adriaenssens (programmer, WORM_UBIK), and Nathalie Hartjes (director, MAMA).

Crooked Elbow, Serpent Brain is accompanied by a publication designed by Yin Yin Wong, produced at Publication Studio Rotterdam. It contains contributions by the graduating artists, MAMA director Nathalie Hartjes, PZI MFA tutors Liesbeth Bik, Bernd Krauß, Katarina Zdjelar, and PZI MFA course director, Vivian Sky Rehberg.

All photos by Sol Archer 2017.

Participating artists