Zhana Ivanova – Carnivalesque


Zhana Ivanova Carnivalesque


Zhana Ivanova’s practice involves rearranging and reconfiguring daily patterns and systems to which we have grown accustomed. The manners in which we relate to one another are of central interest. Her mostly performative works usually feature elaborate scripts, which when enacted produce situations where social and power relations fluctuate.

With the works included in Carnivalesque, Ivanova concentrates on notions of intimacy within the familiar mode of communications online. As mediation expands to comprise a large part of all meaning and experience, it is interesting to consider the effects on personal identity, the body and sexuality. Internet forums, comments, chat websites, vloggers’ diaries – all contribute to a daily polyphony, where singular voices interplay and shape a constant, overflowing narrative. A vast scenario, where unlikely characters interact and where anonymity allows for transgression to thrive without consequence.

Carnivalesque features an exploded script of sorts – a display of commentary, where a scene comes into being, solely in the words of others; some exercises in euphoric sensory response and a sporadic dialogue.

Zhana Ivanova (1977, BG) lives and works in Amsterdam. She graduated from the Queen Mary University College, London and DasArts, Amsterdam before attending the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam (2012/2013). Her recent exhibitions include: Kunsthalle Basel (2015/16), Centre Pompidou, Paris (2015), David Roberts Art Foundation, London (2015), Foundation Galeries Lafayette, Paris (2014), Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam (2014), Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (2013). Upcoming exhibition: Mendes Wood DM, Sao Paulo (2016).

21 May — 2 July 2016

21 May 2016, 5 – 7PM

Thanks to Celine Wouters, Lot Meijers, Joel Galvez

Dolores | Nina Djekić – The Most of It


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“The Most of It” is a solo exhibition by choreographer and artist, Nina Djekić. The presentation takes as a starting point the body’s relationship to artworks in exhibitionary settings. Evoking subtle cues from popular media, through the use of sculptural-installation, text and video, The Most of It delves into the many notions of the choreographic that oddly enough, could just as well be curatorial.

A friend once advised me to watch a film of which he particularly fondly recounted a specific scene in which Catherine Deneuve, wearing a beige trench coat, is in a museum meeting a stranger.

In this scene the equivocal power of perambulation was to be brilliantly choreographed. Footsteps on the marble floor, those of Catherine and the ones of the stranger, alternating pauses, acceleration and deceleration along rooms and corridors; eyes touching the curves of white heroes and goddesses, attentively avoiding the eyes of each other.

However, a while after I received an email from him saying: “I couldn’t find this moment again in that movie. It had never been in that movie. Our eyes know something we don’t.”

The exhibition is part of The Festival of Choices, organised by the Fine Arts department, Sandberg Instituut.

Nina Djekić (Slovenia) graduated with a bachelor in choreography from School for New Dance Development (SNDO) and is a graduating MFA student at Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam. Mostly time-based, her work currently revolves around the notion of exhibitionary movements and explicit/implicit choreographies within an art space.

The Most of it |15.06.2016 – 02.07.2016 
Opening | 15.06.2016 18:00-21:00 hrs
Festival of Choices | 15.06.2016 – 19.06.2016


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