The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) Spring Open Studios is a three-day exhibition of international contemporary art. The 36 artists and curators from 20 countries currently in residence present work in their studios. The studio is a generative space – part production site, office, laboratory and situation – and it can be argued that it is more significant today for artistic process than ever before. Open Studios invites the public to 36 “studio visits” to experience art in its place of origin and to share conversations with artists and curators from all over the world. Visitors will have access over the three days to international contemporary art practices in a studio setting as well as through an exhibition of moving image by artists from China.
About Maura Biava
APRIL 01, 2014 – JUNE 30, 2014
Maura Biava employs analytic geometry to achieve her artistic ends. Working with a mathematician who translates equations into graphic representations, she searches for forms that resonate or evoke specific emotional or pneumonic responses. She then names that form, combines that form with others, to produce concrete, semantic/poetic objects, drawings, photographs and installations. Artists have long been attracted to the hidden geometries in nature. Biava starts with the geometries and generates strange, new and compelling natural forms.
Maura Biava (born 1970, Reggio Emilia, Italy) is based in Amsterdam. She graduated in 1992 from the Academy of Brera in Milan, then in 1999 from the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam. Biava has exhibited all over the world including Cooling Out, Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel; Going Dutch, Museum of New Art, Pontiac; New Photography from the Netherlands Cornerhouse, Manchester; Chronos & Kairos, Museum Fridericianum, Kassel; Drawing Typologies, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; A’dam & Eve, De Appel, Amsterdam; Museo Zauli, Faenza; Doride/Ultramarine, Photo Museum Amsterdam andOn the Edge of Vision, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.
About Melanie Bonajo
JANUARY 01, 2014 – DECEMBER 31, 2014
Melanie Bonajo examines the paradoxes inherent in ideas of comfort. Through her videos, performances, photographs and installations, Bonajo examines subjects related to progress that remove from the individual a sense of belonging and looks at how technological advances and commodity-based pleasures increase feelings of alienation within the individual. Captivated by concepts of the divine, she explores the spiritual emptiness of her generation, examines peoples’ shifting relationship with nature and tries to understand existential questions by looking at our domestic situation, ideas around classification, concepts of home, gender and attitudes towards value.
Melanie Bonajo’s work has been exhibited and performed in international art institutions, such as De Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam; Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw; The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; The Moscow Biennial; National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul and PPOW Gallery, New York and her films have played in festivals such as IDFA: International Documentary Film Festival and Berlinale. In 2012 she initiated the collective Genital International which tackles subjects around feminism, participation, equality, our Earth, ‘Politics beyond Polarity’ and ‘Revolution through Relaxation.’ She wrote for several art magazines, was creative editor of Capricious magazine and curated shows such like the QQC performance festival about pop music in visual arts at the Paradiso, Amsterdam. She published several books including: a.o Modern Life of the Soul, A Room with Everything, and Spheres and Furniture Bondage. In 2013 she released an album with her band Z▲Z▲Z◎Z◎ called Inua. Her work as alter ego MatrixxBotanica has been spotted in urban and rural spaces.
About Anouk Kruithof
OCTOBER 01, 2013 – MAY 31, 2014
Anouk Kruithof considers photography as a starting point of infinite possibilities. Her method is interdisciplinary and mostly idea based. Through social interactions such as encounters with strangers, she analyzes, shapes and imagines her work practice. Research in the form of interviews, temporary installations and performative interactions with unknown people and space form the basis of her photographs. She then uses these photographs as material, which she transfers across different surfaces and spaces into minimal installations and tactile artist books.
Anouk Kruithof is a Dutch artist born in 1981 in Dordrecht, the Netherlands. In 2011, she moved from Berlin to New York City. She has presented solo exhibitions at Boetzelaer I Nispen, London; Galerie Adler, Frankfurt; Museum het Domein, Sittard and FOAM, Amsterdam. Her work also includes the group exhibitions The Feverish Library, Capitain-Petzel Gallery, Berlin; Super Positions / The New Wight Biennal, University of California – Los Angeles;The Daegu Photo Biennal, Daegu; Crossroads, Kunst Im Tunnel, Düsseldorf; Quickscan #01 at Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam and has shown at Australian Center for Photography, Sydney; Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Liege; Temporare Kunsthalle, Berlin; The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Dutch Culture Center, Shanghai and Kunstraum Niederosterreich, Vienna. In 2011 she won the Grand Prix Jury as well as the Photoglobal Prize at THE Festival International de Mode et de Photographie, Hyères, and In 2012 she was honored with an ICP Infinity Award from the International Center for Photography, New York. Kruithof writes for 1000 Words magazine, Wanderingbears, PhotoEye and Photoq and has lectured at TATE Modern, London; Leeds College of Art; Hartford Art School; Officine Fotografische, Rome; Deichtorhallen Hamburg and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.