Maria Barnas and Caterina Silva

Jolly Joker, Amsterdam

structure platform for upcoming international artists / an interdisciplinary think and work space for the collaborative intersection of art and other fields of knowledge / the project was started for interdisciplinary sharing, communion production and exhibiting opportunities / cultural research and debate / a non-profit space dedicated to contemporary art practices / from artists for artists / international art discourse and exchange / interdisciplinary partnerships, presentations, and panel discussions / an independent project space run by a group of cultural workers / defines itself as an independent space for art production / a curatorial program and a non-for-profit exhibition space / the project started as a response to the lack of exhibition possibilities for emerging artists / a platform to expand on various interests in relation to current culture and artistic practice / encouraging collaborations with artists that share our ambition to reclaim independence and selfempowerment / the projects are the result of our international network and multidisciplinary collaborations / dedicated to build support structures for artists and open possibilities for long-term dialogues between artistic, curatorial, research and other modes
of knowledge production / to create networks with other art spaces worldwide / a curatorial initiative that is committed to the problematics of the networked era and the artists who address it […] form in between / an environment that exists between the conventions of an artist-run space and a commercial gallery / another formula / combining an exhibition space with a residency studio / the exhibition space as an integral component of the building / laid on the shared exploration of current developments / contextualization of contemporary artistic practice in urban space / to discover the politics, communities and narratives of our surroundings and to facilitate artistic and interdisciplinary projects to investigate, involve, intervene in and reinterpret these neighbourhoods is an important aim / studio grant for women artists and the studio program for young cultural producers who engage in conceptual, critical and investigative approaches / like in a laboratory, forms of presentation are tested, documented and presented to the public / located in a private ground floor apartment, which becomes
an exhibition space at regular intervals / decided to work without a fixed space to be able to react upon differing situations, sites and contexts / the committee selects a team in charge of the programme / a gallery without a fixed base creates a flexible vessel and a dynamic environment for projects to materialize within / an experiment in how an art space can be conducted […] purpose to bring together cultural practitioners in a space with a non-hierarchal structure / it intends to be a space where anyone is free to go and make their own research / “showing” here is understood as a non-ideological gesture sans economic pressures / artistic experimentation in the fields of painting, sculpture, photography, video, etc. beyond the confines of curatorial concern and limitation / supports international contemporary artists to make new work and develop new ideas / it is important to refocus on the art and its surrounding space / without being restrictive or final, always keeping the freedom of the beholder in view – that is how opportunities are made / support structure for artists and opens room for long-term dialogues between artistic, curatorial, research and educational practices / aims to install and uphold a collaborative, process-related, informal platform for open thought, information exchange, spatial experiments / gives the possibility to engage collaboratively and gain deeper understanding of different approaches to artistic work and curatorial processes / it is interested in this direct involvement of the urban environment outside the gallery, incorporating this relation / experimental context / exploring the progressive fusion of real and virtual space / the fundamental point of the art space is to promote young artists at the beginning of their artistic careers who haven’t had the opportunity
to be adequately presented to the local public / an essential part of the mechanistically run art business / without medium restriction, the shows are conceived as a response to the room’s characteristics in close collaboration betweentheartistsandthehosts /theprogramhasafocusonsoloexhibitionsofemerginginternationalartists and provides a platform of visibility / in the space and on the website / a statement character / it aims to set up different formats of exchange / this includes both exhibition topics as well as curatorial methods and formats that facilitate multi-directional dialogue between artists, curators, audiences, countries, ideas and spaces / also presented are archival and research-based exhibitions with a focus on new methods of knowledge production and preser- vation / aims at promoting contemporary art and culture which dedicate themselves to the research and promotion of experimental, interdisciplinary artistic and cultural practices in the international context / artist-run spaces are places of utopia, of the anti-canon, of an independently formulated symbolic realm / a refuge, a protective cell, where the institutional narrative about art & life is ruptured, supplemented and rewritten / far from the inscrutable logics of sterile art trades and cultural branding / the place of a new conception of art / anti-spaces / on-going discourse about current questions on contemporary art / it is the place where scripts for history are written […]

text by special guest: Gislind Köhler 2016


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Caterina Silva – Calcutta 2015 – 2016, detail view: acrylic and fire on textile, hangers 140 x 200 cm


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Installation view


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Caterina Silva – Calcutta, 2015 – 2016, acrylic, oil, water-soluble oil, rain, pencil and earrings on canvas/ overpainted shoes, ca.140 x 200 cm


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Caterina Silva – Calcutta, 2015 – 2016, installation view: acrylic, oil, water-soluble oil, rain, pencil and earrings on canvas/ acrylic and fire on textile, hangers/ overpainted shoes, ca.140 x 200 cm


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Maria Barnas – Planet O 2016, dry ice and words, size variable courtesy Annet Gelink Gallery


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Maria Barnas – Planet O 2016, dry ice and words, size variable courtesy Annet Gelink Gallery


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Maria Barnas – Planet O, 2016, detail view: dry ice and words, size variable courtesy Annet Gelink Gallery


Jolly Joker
Maria Barnas and Caterina Silva