On the last day of Unfair Amsterdam 2016 the theme is International Collaborations. In this programme we’ll focus on how young artists position themselves in the global art world.
We’ll discuss international collaborations of Dutch artists and the diversity of international artists in the Netherlands. What is the position of the Dutch art climate in the global art context? We will talk to Dutch artists working in non-western countries and foreign artists that ended up in the Dutch art sector. What is the motivation for these artists to go beyond their own borders? What is the position of the young creator of today and tomorrow in the international and global arts sector?
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Jan Hoek has photographed amateur models, mentally ill homeless people in Africa, a girl with no arms and legs, a heroin addict who dreams of being a model, or people he has simply found in advertisements on the internet. The photo shoot is never what he expected, model and photographer always have different expectations. The model actually wants sex while Jan Hoek wants to shoot the dog. The model tries to be as glamorous as possible, while Jan wants to picture the decay. Photographing is not just about the image but also the relationship between the photographer and the model. How far can you go with your models? In the accompanying film, Me & My Models, Jan talks about the nasty, funny, painful or touching things that happen around photographing people.
I believe there is always a certain degree of ethics involved in photography. It is almost impossible to take photographs of people without consciously, or unconsciously, crossing boundaries and with things happening that you don’t want or expect. I feel this is often covered up in photography, while I would like to show it
The second guest of Unfair Utopia #3: International Collaborations is Berthe Schoonman. Berthe worked in international affairs at the University of Utrecht for many years. Currently she is the owner of gallery SANAA in Utrecht. Thanks to this career move she is able to combine her two loves: art and Africa. Gallery SANAA is a gallery for contemporary art of African and Dutch artists. Their vision: art doesn’t have boundaries. According to Berthe, the most exciting art arises from intercultural contact. SANAA wants to be a platform for intercultural exchange of artists.
Lauren Alexander (Cape Town, 1983) obtained a Masters degree in Design (Sandberg Institute, 2008) and an MFA from the Dutch Art Institute (2011). In 2009 she co-founded Foundland with Ghalia Elsrakbi, a multi-disciplinary art and design practice based in Amsterdam.
Foundland initiates research-based projects investigating political imagery with focus on social media trends in the Middle East uprisings. Foundland has exhibited at Kadist Foundation, Paris (2012), Impakt Festival, Utrecht (2012) Townhouse Gallery residency, Cairo (2013) and ISCP, Brooklyn New York (2014) Lauren teaches Interactive Media Design (3rd year) as part of Graphic Design bachelor programme at the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague.
Svetlana Kharchenkova is a PhD candidate in sociology at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam. In her PhD thesis, Kharchenkova explores how China’s market for contemporary art, which started forming only about two decades ago, has been emerging and how it functions. Kharchenkova’s PhD research is part of the large-scale project “The Globalization of High Culture: How Markets for Contemporary Art Develop in Brazil, Russia, India, and China” funded by the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO). She works under supervision of the project’s principal investigator dr. Olav Velthuis. Previously, she conducted research on China’s publishing industry.
Tickets for the fair not only give acces to Unfair Utopia #3: International Collaboration but also to the extensive programme of Unfair Amsterdam 2016, with solopresentation from over 40 upcoming artists, a performance programme and a live, on-site, radioshow. They are available online and at the entrance of the fair.