In 2013, I was the initiator and guest curator of the exhibition In Kritieke Staat (In Critical State), in cooperation with and on location at Kunstenlab Deventer.
The exhibition In Kritieke Staat (In Critical State) deals with the political climate in the Netherlands (2013) in which the artist lives and works.
Internationally, we often see that the more art and artists are compromised, the more intense their reactions and criticisms are. In this exhibition, I asked myself whether this also applies to the Dutch artist; whether the Dutch artist has not been ‘pampered’ too much by the funding system.
To clarify this question, work by international artists was shown in a separate room in the exhibition, via art prints, internet, films and projections; supplemented by statements by these artists. Some of them are invited and other images and films of works and artists deal with artists who are persecuted, arrested and physically attacked in their own country and work that is banned because it criticizes a regime.
Participating Dutch artists:
Jos Deenen, Martijn Engelbregt, Mo Fazel, Willum Geerts, Stijn Peetersand Robert Pennekamp.
Participating International artists:
Jack Addis, ATYL – Alexandra Lee, Paul Clay, Paul McCormick, Mad For real – Cai Yuan and jj Xxi, Harley Price, Sophie Sanders, Maria Sevastaki, Madeleine Strindbergen Frank Williams.
The exhibition was opened on Sunday 24 February at 4 pm by Dr. Kiene Brillenburg Wurth, assistant professor of Literature. At the time, she was doing research on (the function of) satire at Harvard University (www.powerofsatire.org). Also a lecture by British artist Paul Mc Cormick and a performance by Robert Pennekamp.
4 April/19.30 pm
Hosted by Rob Smolders, there will be an artist talk with me as guest curator and two of the participating artists, Mo Fazel and Willum Geerts.
Alexandra Lee, Maria Sevastaki e.a.
Kunstenaars die vervolgd /bedreigd/opgepakt en gemolesteerd worden voor hun kunstuitingen.
Lezing Paul Mc Cormick en Dr. Kiene Willenburg