Exhibitions: Material Context: Master Fine Art 2020/2021 graduation exhibition: Piet Zwart Institute

Exhibitions: Material Context: Master Fine Art 2020/2021 graduation exhibition: Piet Zwart Institute

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December 24, 2021
Exhibitions: Material Context: Master Fine Art 2020/2021 graduation exhibition: Piet Zwart Institute
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Art & Education presents “Material Context,” the Piet Zwart Institute Master Fine Art 2020/2021 graduation exhibition, on Exhibitions.

Material Context: Master Fine Art 2020/2021 graduation exhibition: Piet Zwart Institute
The Piet Zwart Institute Master Fine Art celebrates the graduates of 2020 and 2021 with an exhibition of their recent works.

Through lockdowns and uprisings over the last year, artists have had to question how to engage artistic practice and life within both turbulence and monotony. Art practices have had to renegotiate new awarenesses of health, safety, grief, and isolation. Meanwhile, movements for social justice seeking recourse to historic injustices weigh on our everyday consciousness. Notwithstanding the current emergent contexts of our time, the artists in this exhibition have been tasked with carrying the particularities of their own aesthetic and relational concerns into a field that is rapidly transforming around them. Together, the 2020 and 2021 graduates of the Piet Zwart Institute Master Fine Art represent two ends of a very long year. The conditions that have marked us all in different ways continue to influence the many and varied directions taken by these makers, doers, and organizers.

The location of this exhibition, the former Rotterdam city archives, provided an architectural framework and a space to project through layers of history. As a storehouse for data and documentation of a city through the span of several decades, the archive, now emptied of its contents, was an appropriate space for framing this collective endeavor. What materializations, documents, or remnants serve as useful indications of shared histories? How do singular images represent not only themselves but perhaps also stand in for communal narratives and even global paradigms?

This exhibition includes Piet Zwart Master Fine Art graduates of both 2020 and 2021. Their works, as singular as they may be, also stand as markers for an ongoing shared experience: not only of pandemic and social transformation but also of the smaller movements of everyday life. There is a general sociality between these works as they came into being around each other. The mutual influence of the conditions of the Piet’s shared studio spaces, collaborations, and solidarities might also inform how we engage with this exhibition through curiosity, attention and care.

“Material Context” was organized by Danny Giles (Course Director, Piet Zwart Institute Master Fine Art), Nathalie Hartjes (Director, MAMA), and Kim de Haas (Daily Manager, MAMA).

Participating artists: Diana Al-HalabiGuillem S. Arquer, Emma Astner, AyoAnnabelle BinnertsLinus BonduelleDagmar Bosma, Antonia Brown, Jake CalebPetter Dahlstrom PerssonPascale de GraafAimilia EfthimiouHalla EinarsdóttirOlga Hohmann, Peter Horneland, Jamie KaneJonghun KimBruno Machado das NevesSteven MayburyLucia MendozaLukas MeßnerChristian OvesenJosie PerryDaphne Simons, Yanik Soland, and Berglind Tryggvadóttir.

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