When going out once night has fallen, like a vampire, each precious drop of adrenaline makes me feel immortal and moves me away from mediocrity. This quest for the Holy Grail took me ever further, a little deeper still, from Paris to Moscow, from the grave to Heaven: searching for unique and fragile moments in time. - Honet, www.aventuresextraordinaires.fr 

MAMA wraps up 2009 with a solo exhibition, Het Kabinet (The Cabinet) , by Honet. Honet is one of the finest graffiti writers / artists of our time. He enjoys massive credibility amongst an extensive group of artists and graffiti writers.


Honet’s journeys around the world and wanderings through the Parisian catacombs lead him, in his own words: “from the grave to heaven”. A collection of drawings, photographs, texts and films constitute his documentary. Thus Honet constructs his exhibition in the mould of a modern cabinet in collaboration with colleagues and friends Gues and Allergy.


The World As Stage
Graffiti is a way to investigate the world. Honet not only documents his tags in the hundreds of photos he produces, he also depicts daily life encountered on his journeys. In MAMA Honet creates a photo-strip, based on a journey from Beijing to Moscow via Kazakhstan ( Beijing – Urumqi – Almaty – Astana – Moscow ).



In Paris, his place of birth and residence, Honet is involved with the catacombs that lie beneath the centre of the city. The catacombs are a famous funeral ground in the shape of a large network of underground chambers and galleries. The total system of tunnels is more than 300 kilometres long and in it lie the remains of approximately six million Parisians. Here, out of reach of any kind of authority, Honet organizes underground parties and wanderings.

In Het Kabinet the atmosphere of the catacombs becomes palpable and in this Honet produces a complete installation of photos, drawings and films. Also drawings and texts by Gues and video’s by Allergy are part of the installation. ‘Dutch Pride in Vandalism Country’ Jeroen Jongeleen writes an accompanying statement for Het Kabinet.


Extra event: 30 October Opening performance by Allergy!

Curated by Gerben Willers with the contribution of Honet, Guess, and Allergy

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HOME is the leitmotiv by which we encourage conversation about conceptions regarding belonging, representation and identification. HOME is a fundament, the place you return to and anchorpoint for the journey onward. HOME (offline as well as online) is the start of feeling connect to others. Under the name HOME we also present exhibitions in the showroom of MAMA. In collaboration with young makers we express interpretations about HOME | IN REAL LIFE | NETWORKS.


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