Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Samah Shihadi

Born in Sha`ab, Palestine in 1987. She graduated from Oranim College in 2012 with a BA in art and an MFA from Haifa University in 2015. Shihadi is a Haifa-based artist, she had solo exhibitions at the gallery of modern art gallery in Umm Al Fahem and Machanaim art gallery. In addition, her works have been exhibited in many galleries and art fair “Galilee Paint 2”, where she won promising artist. In addition, Shihadi won prizes and awards from Pais Culture Council, The Culture and Sports and Ismail Shammout award in fine art. Samah’s works are in important private collections in Israel and abroad. 
Sameh Shihadi captures the annual rituals in which whole families would take part – regularly – before their expulsion in 1948. The infamous national Palestinian symbol of the cactus is a reminder of both dispossession and survival. Cactus plants used to demark plots of land plots belonging to village residents. These unique hedgerows are often the only visible reminder of the many hundreds of villages that were destroyed and ethnically cleansed in 1948. Shihadi’s paintings often depict the elderly of the village engaging in the harvest, while children innocently play in the emptiness of the land. Her tranquil and dreamlike scenes are often underpinned by painful memories and ongoing family trauma.

Friday, March 26, 2021

Lisa Weeda, Aleksandra

Lisa Weeda is a Dutch-Ukrainian writer, literary program maker, screenwriter, audiofan and virtual reality director. Text is always the basis of her work, but form is free. Ukraine, her grandmother's motherland, is often central to her work. Aleksandra is her debut novel. (In Dutch)

With astonishing storytelling pleasure and with all the literary style tools at her disposal, Lisa Weeda tells an exceptional family history, which begins with her grandmother Aleksandra. In 1942 she is deported from Ukraine and put to work in the war industry in Germany. Her granddaughter Lisa later travels to her grandmother's hometown and, on the wings of her imagination, meets her great-grandfather Nikolaj, who has been waiting for his daughter for nearly three quarters of a century. Together with him, she searches for traces of her cousin, who was murdered during the recently flared conflict in Eastern Ukraine. Aleksandra is the story of a family between East and West who just can't get away from an area that never seems to find peace. Lisa Weeda found the form and the voice to tell this poignant story in a grandiose way. 

Met verbluffend vertelplezier en met alle literaire stijlmiddelen die tot haar beschikking staan vertelt Lisa Weeda een uitzonderlijke familiegeschiedenis, die begint bij haar grootmoeder Aleksandra. In 1942 wordt zij vanuit Oekraïne gedeporteerd en in Duitsland in de oorlogsindustrie tewerkgesteld. Haar kleindochter Lisa reist later naar haar grootmoeders geboorteplaats en ontmoet, op de vleugels van haar verbeelding, haar overgrootvader Nikolaj, die al bijna driekwart eeuw op zijn dochter zit te wachten. Samen met hem gaat ze op zoek naar sporen van haar neef, die tijdens het recentelijk opgelaaide conflict in Oost-Oekraïne is vermoord. Aleksandra is het verhaal van een familie tussen Oost en West die maar niet loskomt van een gebied dat nooit rust lijkt te vinden. Lisa Weeda vond de vorm en de stem om dit indringende verhaal op een grandioze manier te vertellen. 

Thursday, March 04, 2021

Panayot Panayotov Paneto

About my father-in-law

The first time I met Panayot Panayotov - Paneto in Bulgaria 27 years ago, there was an immediate   click. What a personality! I gave him a catalogue of the Documenta 7 as a present. Immediately he came up with a story about those artists. He knew their works very well! I did not speak Bulgarian, but thanks to Lilly (his great love and support) it became an exciting dialogue. After a number of Rakia's translation was almost unnecessary. We met many more times in the following years. The 10 guilder banknote designed by Jaap Drupsteen was not unknown to him. "Look at the Iris print Dolf!", he said. But in his studio, all that work! Each object in the studio had its own history. A great artist, a true Master has passed away, what a loss! Lilly, family and friends, a lot of strength! Pani, I hope you are well on your journey to the unknown.  

De eerste keer dat ik in Bulgarije Panayot Panayotov - Paneto ontmoette 27 jaar geleden was er meteen een klik. Wat een persoonlijkheid! Ik gaf hem een katalogus van de Documenta 7 cadeau. Onmiddellijk kwam hij met een verhaal over deze kunstenaars. Vele van hen kende hij! De taal Bulgaars beheerste ik niet maar dankzij Lilly (zijn grote liefde en en steun) werd het een spannend dialoog. Na een aantal Rakia's was vertaling bijna niet meer nodig. Wij ontmoette elkaar velen malen meer de jaren daarop. Het 10 gulden bankbiljet ontworpen door Jaap Drupsteen was niet onbekend bij hem. Kijk naar de iris druk Dolf ! zei hij. Maar zijn atelier, al dat werk! Elk object in zijn atelier was omgeven met een verhaal. En onderbouwd. Er is een groot kunstenaar Meester heengegaan wat een verlies! Lilly, familie en vrienden heel veel sterkte! Pani, het gaat je goed op reis naar het onbekende. LINK panayotpanayotov-paneto

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Artembassy (Kunstambassade)

The Kunstambassade Rotterdam is online, the first virtual studio building in the Netherlands. Made by Rotterdam artists, for enthusiasts, collectors, people interested in art and for other artists, who can still show their work with this in the times of Corona. From today you can wander through the online studios, watch the work process of the artists and trace their mutual relationships read more (Dutch). 

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Alexandra Nikolaewna Pauw-Temnikowa

@ I ♥ Dordt, Dordrechts Museum

I ♥ Dordt. Learn about nearly 400 artifacts that tell the story of our 800-year-old city here. This exhibition was made for and by people from Dordrecht. All objects have been brought in or presented by themselves. All stories have been told by themselves. Click on an item and you will see the corresponding story and who submitted it. Be surprised by beautiful, moving and fun anecdotes from Dordrecht. Via the menu on the right you can watch a short film about the realization of this exhibition. In the film, people from Dordrecht tell about their precious objects and their love for the city. And don't forget to come and see the exhibition in person, as soon as the museums are allowed to reopen. The exhibition can then be seen in the Dordrechts Museum until august 15 2021.

Saturday, January 09, 2021

The Glass Room

The Glass Room Misinformation Edition

The Glass Room Misinformation Edition consists of a series of interactive apps, short films and visual elements that can be hosted in public or private spaces anywhere in the world. The exhibits explore how social media and the web have changed the way you read information and react to it. Learn why spotting “fake news” is not as easy as it sounds, and how the term “fake news” is as much a problem as the news it describes. Dive into the world of deepfakes, which are now so realistic that they are virtually impossible to detect. Find out why social media platforms are designed to keep you hooked, and how they can be used to change your mind. The Glass Room Misinformation Edition also includes a Data Detox Kit, which features simple steps and practical tools to reduce your digital traces and help you take control of your digital life. LINK the glass room