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WdKA Fourth Year Students at Venice Biennale

Willem de Kooning Academy
Mon 20 May

In May 2019, WdKA has received an invitation to participate in “Personal Structures - Identities" show, organised by European Cultural Center (ECC) in the context of the 58th edition of the Venice Biennale.

As WdKA fourth year's students Naomi de Wit, Kerem Akar, Angelika Voitenko, Anouschka Pessy, Falkona Rexhepi, Syree Palm, Nohely Simon, Is van Leest, Lili Ullrich, Ferize Durmush and Eady van Acker state on the project's website:

"As graduate students from the (de)Fine Arts department at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, we received the chance to exhibit during the 58th edition of the Venice Biennale.
'Tenderfoot', curated by Josephine Baan, is a part of 'Personal Structures - Identities' at the European Cultural Center (ECC) opening May 8th. You can find our play on the second floor of Palazzo Mora.
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From left to right: Naomi de Wit, Kerem Akar, Angelika Voitenko, Anouschka Pessy, Falkona Rexhepi, Syree Palm, Nohely Simon, Is van Leest, Lili Ullrich, Ferize Durmush and Eady van Acker.

We’re a group of eleven artists from the WdKA Fine Arts graduating year, researching what it means to live and work together and what an anti-hierarchical space can be. For our exhibition at the ECC, we have devised a conceptual framework within which to present ourselves individually and collectively, using the principle of generosity as a point of departure. By transforming the exhibition space into a setting for a ‘play,’ we focus on the democratic process of collective making as the work itself. The play is used as a structure to incorporate time and space as crucial points in collaborative artistic production.

By making a fluid artwork centred around knowledge production, research, and interaction with the public, we aim to question traditional hierarchies. By inviting other students, locals and artists for collaboration over the course of the five-month exhibition, we will bring together various groups from the European context to facilitate a platform for cultural exchange. The play is defining a space where the individual and collective can co-exist and nurture each other."


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