Written by Darrel Ronald

Knowing Nothing of Agility: The PZI end-of-year show @ Tent Gallery

Knowing Nothing of Agility: The PZI end-of-year show by Darrel Ronald

Jeremie Boyard, A Sense of Deja Vu, 2007
© Jeremie Boyard, A sense of déjà vu, 2007, courtesy of Tent Gallery

Of the many end-of-year shows around Rotterdam, we are especially excited for this Thursday’s opening of Knowing Nothing of Agility at the Tent Gallery, Rotterdam. It is the graduating exhibition for Master of Fine Arts students from the Piet Zwart Institute, part of the Willem de Kooning Academie here in Rotterdam.

Opening Event: 12 July 2007 @ 20.00.
Exhibition Runs: 12 July 2007 – 19 August 2007

Students showing: Alexis Blake [US], Jérémie Boyard [FR], Ruth Buchanan [NZ], Angeline Dekker [NL], Deirdre M. Donoghue [FI/IE], Rafael F. Mendieta [PE], Ruth Legg [UK], Lieke Snellen [NL], Niels Vis [NL]

Ruth Legg, Light Switch

© Ruth Legg, Light Switch, 2006, courtesy of Tent Gallery
Alexis C Blake, The facade that bit yesterday’s promise
© Alexis C Blake, The facade that bit yesterday’s promise, 2007

More info for the Tent Events here.

Press Release – Anke Bangma [course director MA Fine Art]:

Knowing Nothing of Agility presents the graduates of the Master of Fine Arts course at the Piet Zwart Institute, the post-graduate course of the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam.

Ruth Legg [UK] deliberately works with artistic materials or ideas that seem exhausted — used up, like a joke that has been told too often. She explores ways of restaging these cliché materials, such as cardboard boxes or newspaper images, and finding potential in their exhausted condition.

Ruth Buchanan [NZ] engages in intimate, often humorous, negotiations with the artistic legacies that also influence her own work and position as an artist. She searches for ways in which the works, documents and characters of a different era can be taken as a point of orientation, and inherited artistic approaches and meanings can be received and reanimated.

Deirdre M. Donoghue [FI/IE] is interested in memory, as an act that unfolds in the here and now of a social encounter. For her video work Becomings, she brought together family members that had not seen each other for over twenty years, and directed a setting that activated a process of remembering and negotiation of personal, collective and official histories, between three remarkable women.

By using different elements from hip-hop culture, such as sampling and breaking, Alexis Blake [US] engages with the ways in which people put forward and experience their selves within the structures of society. Working with hip-hop artists from the Rotterdam HipHopHouse, she explores the paradoxes of how one develops one’s own self-image and creates a space of one’s own in a subculture that has, by now, become commercialised and institutionalised.

The work of Rafael Freyre Mendieta [PE] springs from his experience of being a migrant. Moving between autobiography and fiction, he develops narratives of his journey of transition. There are narratives of nostalgia, where memories of home resonate in the landscape of his new environment, but there are also critical narratives, where Europe appears not to be the promised paradise of a free and nomadic subjectivity.

Over the past year, Jérémie Boyard [FR] has been roaming the city of Rotterdam, gathering a large collection of photographs. Persistently looking down, at the micro-level of the pavement, he finds leftovers, incidents, and accidents, with which he traces the utopian idea of a city under continuous de- and reconstruction, and speaks about its people without ever showing them directly.

Angeline Dekker [NL] sees buildings as organisms, subject to time and change, even to mortality. Often she works with abandoned buildings, wresting doors and floorboards from the already derelict architectural skeleton, with which to create a precarious sense of equilibrium; but she also manages to produce instability in seemingly stable settings, like in TENT..

Lieke Snellen [NL] is concerned with the relationships between the human body and functional objects and environments. She works on location in semi-public spaces, such as a school or an office, setting up exercises involving people and sculptural elements to explore how these spaces choreograph the movement of the people within them. She presents her findings through documentation as well as by translating them into interventions in the exhibition space.

Niels Vis [NL] has been fascinated by the technologies with which we produce images of reality, and by how these technologies expand our experience of time and space. While some of his works have explored the mechanisms of the camera obscura, his recent work is concerned with contemporary virtual spaces, like Second Life. How do we interrelate with physical and fictional spaces when the borders separating them seem to be disappearing?

Update: I have added some pictures of the exhibition to our photo section. Or use the flash Viewer below:

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