Discover contemporary art in Utrecht
PRESENT! offers the Utrecht audience the unique chance to discover the city’s wide range of contemporary and critical art in 2012. During the Uitfeest, Academiegalerie, BAK, Casco, Expodium, FOTODOK, and Impakt—the six institutions in the Beeldende Kunst Netwerk Utrecht (BK-NU)—present themselves and their programs together for the first time. Discover the diverse and experimental in Utrecht: from design to fashion; from visual art to media art; and from documentary photography to art in the public space.
Academiegalerie shows a work by Utrecht fashion designer Winde Rienstra, BAK looks ahead to the exhibition How Much Fascism? with a body of work by Jonas Staal, and Casco presents the sitcom Our Autonomous Life? as part of the project The Grand Domestic Revolution. From its long-term project locatie: KANALENEILAND, Expodium shows work by Susana Pedrosa and Informal Strategies. FOTODOK presents work from Verzamelplaats, Verhalen uit het Utrechtse Landschap and Impakt sets the stage for the upcoming Impakt Festival with a work by Foundland on Internet propaganda in Syria.
After the Uitfeest, PRESENT! is on view until 7 September. Throughout the presentation BK-NU invites groups to participate in guided tours (in Dutch or English) focusing on the mission and vision of the institutions and on their autumn programs. (for group reservations, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Impakt looks forward to the Impakt Festival – No More Westerns (24 – 28 October 2012) with work by Foundland about internet propaganda in Syria. Foundland is a young, multidisciplinary collective from Amsterdam. The piece entitled ‘Simba, the last prince of Ba’ath country’ is part of their study into propaganda images created by the Syrian Electronic Army that supports Assad. These images are often Western images manipulated to lend them new meaning. The Syrian opposition utilises comparable strategies. The images are primarily disseminated through Facebook and other social media.
More Information (in Dutch): www.bknu.nl
The Foundland exhibition at PRESENT! is made possible by the generous support of Hivos