August 2021

Live Alone, Die Together: Master Institute of Visual Cultures 2021 Graduation Show

St. Joost School of Fine Art & Design

Karla Paredes de Krentel, Sensing Matters, 2021. Installation with sculpture, video, paintings, and sound, dimensions variable.

Laura Hospes, No Man’s Land, 2020. Video, 21 minutes 11 seconds.

Bregje Horsten, Living Sculpture, 2021. Agar and body bacteria, 25 x 15 x 7cm.

Jiaojiao Li, Wedding Spectacle, 2021. Live performance and video installation.

Michele Bazzoli, Sketches of Transition, 2021. Wood, foam, plasticrete, sawdust, and putty, dimensions variable.

Hussel Zhu, Intimate Collections, 2019–20. Mixed-media installation, 250 x 300 x 150cm.

Annie Riga, Dream Cartographies, 2021. Acrylic and oil on canvas, 155 x 250cm.

Julie-Anne de Galan, Bodies of Refusal, 2021. 3D rendering.

Fatemeh Heidari, Becoming Abstract, 2021. Mixed media, 35 x 25 x 13cm.

Freek van Zoest, The Portal to Fire, 2021. Ceramic and oak, 30 x 18 x 25cm.

Yasmila van Vliet, Copying Hiding through Showing, 2021. Chalk pastels on rice paper, 170 x 97cm.

Soha Asadi, Andaruni, 2021. Performance, video, and installation.

Ye Xu, Gayuan: Life in the mountains, 2021. Video, photographs, animation, illustration, design, and voiceover.

Sadra Bagheri, Dispossetion, 2021, Video and photo installation with website.

Ananya Panda, Self-sufficient nodes, 2021. Video, collage, and weaving.

Salvis Slavišens, Morph, 2021, Handwoven and welded metal.

Farah Shretah, A Perception of Reality, 2021. Cinematic virtual reality experience.

Francisco Borges-Rivera, A Life Lived, 2021.

Giovanna Ciannella, Preservation, 2021.

Megan Jade Macaulay, Unboxing My Traumatized Self, 2021.

Nick Bromann, American Landscapes: Views from the Slow Road, 2021.

Yannan Pan, My Epidemic Diary, 2021.

Olgu Tosun, Tree of Seduction, 2021.

St. Joost School of Art & Design Master Institute of Visual Cultures is pleased to present the 2021 graduation show “Live Alone, Die Together” on Organized during times of uncertainty, the quality of being dangerously likely to fall or collapse marks our exhibition.

“Live Alone, Die Together" refers to the feeling of fragility that lingers beneath our human structures, calling into question our grand plans for prosperity, progress, and permanence. It is no longer possible to ignore that humanity is connected to a broader ecosystem that is increasingly unbalanced, making many of us question what really matters, togetherness. “Live alone" suggests the condition of loneliness that we experience as we are atomized within the cells of our homes, living through the two-dimensional, virtual world during the pandemic. Yet, beyond Covid-19, the exhibition’s title refers to our contemporary life, the privatization and bounded individualism of capitalist and technological accelerationism in which collectivity and shared spaces are no longer a given. “Die together” stresses the importance of shared bonds through turbulent times. It is a promise that as a collective we can face the inevitable, even until the very end.

The practices of graduates from the visual art and post-contemporary practices and situated design courses range from painting and sculpture to moving images. Some question the boundaries between each other, creating ecosystems of entangled trails and unruly queer bodies subsumed by growing organic matter, while others explore the friction that arises between their own and others’ cultural identities. Regardless of the versatility of the practices, all critically engage with the pre-established ways of looking at the world. The work is about destabilizing the stable, revealing the turbulence, and staying with the trouble of the present to open new ways of seeing.

Dive deeper into the works of Master Institute of Visual Cultures graduates by visiting the online exhibition on

Participating Artists

Soha Asadi
Sadra Bagheri
Michele Bazzoli
Francisco Borges-Rivera
Nick Bromann
Giovanna Ciannella
Julie-Anne de Galan
Fatemeh Heidari
Bregje Horsten
Laura Hospes
Jiaojiao Li
Robert Lombarts
Megan Jade Macaulay
Tra Nguyen
Yannan Pan
Ananya Panda
Karla Paredes de Krentel
Annie Riga
Salvis Slavišens
Farah Shretah
Olgu Tosoun
Yasmila van Vliet
Freek van Zoest
Ye Xu
Hussel Zhu

The Master Institute of Visual Cultures (MIVC) is part of St. Joost School of Art & Design, part of the Avans University of Applied Science. We offer two Master programs: Master of Animation and Master of Fine Art (MA FAD) and Design, housed close to the heart of the city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands.

We place emphasis on the role of the artist and designer in society and on modes of criticality, to navigate, rethink and transform the complexity of contemporary life. Highlighting the societal ramification of creative work, we see it as our civic responsibility to be a thought leader, demonstrating the value of creativity to society, and to contribute to an increased awareness and understanding of the importance of art and design as a field of knowledge.

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