DIALOGUE WITH THE NEIGHBOURHOOD
KadS 2011 [Kunst aan de Schinkel]
The first edition of KadS [Kunst aan de Schinkel/Art at the Schinkel], a cultural event in the Schinkel neighbourhood, will take place from 18th September till 30th October 2011 in south Amsterdam.
Simone Kukenheim, the Chairman of the Culture Committee, south Amsterdam, will open the exhibition on Sunday 18th September at 15:00 hrs at the Soledad Senlle Gallery.
A group of twenty national and international artists reflect, from their respective art disciplines, on the neighbourhood and its inhabitants. Young artists at the beginning of their careers as well as established artists, who have already made their mark, will show their work, which has been specifically created for the public space alongside the river Schinkel.
With this art project, initiator Marisol Ferradás, of Soledad Senlle Gallery, aims to create social cohesion in the neighbourhood. Emphasising local aspects of this neighbourhood through contemporary art has led to a variety of surprising views on the neighbourhood. Not only does the history of this neighbourhood get a look in, but also contemporary, everyday life. Art unsettles, it astonishes and makes something, which was invisible, visible. It offers the visitor a different perspective on the daily reality of life along the Schinkel. The distinction between art and life fades away and brings people together, something, which is essential for a lively neighbourhood.
The artistic interventions take on various forms and vary from performance art, installations, a musical act and workshops. Interaction with the public is an important function in this event. Helen Morse Palmer has worked with local community groups, collecting questions and answers, which she has incorporated into her performance. The legendary Nederlandsche Cocaïnefabriek [Dutch Cocaine Factory] stood along the Schinkel at the beginning of the 20th century. Go Eun Im has made an artwork referring to this factory, a building, which we now cannot imagine having ever existed. The other artworks are spread across various locations along the Sloterkade and Schinkelkade.
The Soledad Senlle Gallery functions as a central point for the event, where the catalogue and further information will be available. Here, in the framework of this event, is also a solo exhibition from Saskia Noor van Imhoff, in which she presents a careful selection of fragments from Kunst aan de Schinkel artworks.
Margit Aba, Maze de Boer, Jasper van den Brink, Peter Cleutjens, Go Eun Im, Saskia Noor van Imhoff, Marisol Ferradás, Jasper Griepink, Christina Della Guistina - Cees de Boer, Doina Kraal, Joanneke Meester, Alberto De Michele, Helen Morse Palmer, Hester Oerlemans, Natasha Rosling, Theo Tomson, Mischa Rakier and Peter Vink.
Oorbeek, a collective of theoreticians, artists and musicians, will festively usher in the event’s opening.
During this Arts and Culture event, special places in the Schinkel neighbourhood will be brought to the public’s attention, such as the Huis te Vraag cemetery, a historic cultural monument, which is an artwork in itself.
KadS is accessible to the public and free of charge.