The Measurement of Presence: debate in run-up to Venice Biennale
Hosted by: The Black Archives & Mondriaan Fund
This spring sees the opening of the 58th edition of the Venice Biennale, where the Dutch Pavilion will offer a presentation with new work by Remy Jungerman and Iris Kensmil. Under the heading of The Measurement of Presence, their work is brought together by curator Benno Tempel (director of Gemeentemuseum Den Haag).
In the run-up to this presentation, the artists and the curator, together with The Black Archives and the Mondriaan Fund, organized a debate on Saturday 23 February. During an extensive programme, a group of international artists, writers and curators will take different points of view, while aiming to shed light on the meaning of transnationalism for the artistic practice. They talked about the diaspora and the paths of particular forms and motifs, the gaps in knowledge of history, black feminism, the meaning of the invisible and the role of the ritual in contemporary art.
Watch the video of the afternoon program here:
Afternoon program (2.30 PM - 6 PM):
- Sonia Boyce (artist, researcher, professor at the University of the Arts, London)
- Paul Goodwin (director of TrAIN, London, professor at the University of the Arts, London, curator)
- Mirjam Westen (senior curator of contemporary art at Museum Arnhem)
Evening program (7.30 PM - 10 PM):
- Charl Landvreugd (visual artist, curator, writer)
- Wayne Modest (head of Research Center of Material Culture, Leiden, professor of Material Culture and Critical Heritage Studies at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam)
- Nancy Jouwe (lecturer of Visual Culture at Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, researcher at Utrecht University)
Saturday 23 February
3 – 10 PM (the venue is open from 14.30 hrs.)
Between 18.00 and 19.30 there is the possibility to have dinner.
Adres: Zeeburgerdijk 19, 1093 SK Amsterdam
The Black Archives is a historical archive with various collections of books, documents and artifacts concerning the work and heritage of black writers, movements and thinkers. The library contains more than 5,000 works about themes such as race issues, (de)colonization, gender, and feminism. Based on the collection The Black Archives develops exhibitions, debates and other educational and artistic events and products. During the event the pop-up exhibition 'Onze * Tori' will be open for visitors.
Dutch pavilion 58th Venice Biennale
Commissioned by the Mondriaan Fund
Click here for more information about the Venice Biennale Dutch Pavillion and the work of Iris Kensmil and Remy Jungerman.
Remy Jungerman and Iris Kensmil selected for the Dutch Pavilion
Work of visual artists Remy Jungerman (1959) and Iris Kensmil (1970), brought together by Benno Tempel for a joint presentation, has been selected as the Dutch contribution to the 58th edition of the Venice Biennale, that is to take place in 2019. The selection of this exhibition, entitled ‘The Measurement of Presence’ has been made public by the Mondriaan Fund, that was advised in that regard by an international jury.
The jury has chosen a clear and conscientious plan, which centres around the art in a presentation that offers new perspectives on the notion of national identity. Curator Benno Tempel (director of the Gemeentemuseum, The Hague) brings together the work of Remy Jungerman and Iris Kensmil in a presentation that has developed as a tribute to conceptual artist stanley brouwn, who passed away last year. The way in which brouwn looked at the world and how he handled his art strategically form an inspiration to generations of young artists. Jungerman and Kensmil, too, use their work to go into the necessity for artists to position themselves and to take the proper measure of the world.
Together with Jungerman and Kensmil, Tempel has developed a plan in which they present us with different visions of the notion of identity, in a presentation that offers room to reflect on our relation to the other. The jury appreciates the way in which the three artists relate to these valuable themes and considers the exhibition in the Dutch Pavilion as an appropriate recognition of their work.