The artists in Spacequake share a positive approach to the world, driven by personal fascinations, almost as if the artists had arrived in another dimension.

Room for a fresh vision in curatorial practice, that is what is on offer through MAMA’s Mr Miyagi Curator Programme. A project that gives young artists and curators the chance to learn through practice. An international panel of curators guided the six participants, helping them to create an exhibition of works by graduates of 2005. They present their selection in the thematic exhibition, Spacequake.

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Although the media is dominated by news items on terror threats, war and natural disasters, The graduates hardly refer to these events. The artists in Spacequake share a positive approach to the world, driven by personal fascinations, almost as if the artists had arrived in another dimension. Like Alice in Wonderland, armed with curiosity and attentiveness, they explore the concept of space from a personal point of view. But what do these spaces look like?

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Spacequake highlights three aspects of space:
Boyspace, where boys chase and cherish dreams. They are in charge, have total control, even if it’s only over their toys. They imagine themselves as cowboys, pilots and other powerful figures.
Constructed Nature,nature is a source of inspiration in the creation of a new natural world, ruled by an entirely different set of laws.
Individual Territory, the borders are the starting point; where individual territory is questioned and the outside world is ‘taken in’.

These themes form a three-dimensional whole within the leitmotif of exploring space. There is, for example, a mural, specially created for Spacequake, which shows boys’ fantasies becoming reality. You can wander through a forest of felt or lose yourself in a room where only hearing is reliable. You may be spied upon or challenged to retain the boundaries of individual territory.

The works clash, search, fuse, repel, stretch out and implode again. A force 10 Spacequake on the Richter scale.

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Boris van Berkum, senior curator MAMA (NL), Ken Pratt, freelance curator (UK), Bettina Carl, artist and co-director Capri Project Space Berlin (DE), Jeanne van Heeswijk, artist (NL)


Ann Demeester, director W139 (NL), Sue-An van der Zijp curator Groninger Museum (NL)

The work of Jonmar van Vlijmen included in Spacequake has been made possible with the kind support of Outsign BV, full survice XXXL printing for all in- and outdoor promotion with a maximal impact.

Curated by Rudy Nacken, Carolien van den Akker, Gerben Willers, Sandra van Dongen, Yasser Ballemans and Karina van Bezooije with the contribution of Adriaan van der Ploeg, Joep Overtoom, Roel Klungel, Ola Vasiljeva, Steven A. Leijen, Judith Hofland, Veronique Driedonks, Rob Donkers, Jonmar van Vlijmen, Golie Talaie, Bliss

About HOME

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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