From cold Amsterdam, wishing all Imazighen, wherever you are, a good New Year – Assegas Amegaz, Azul Ay’Imazighen for 2967 with lots of love and warmth
EEN – Albert Cuypmarkt, 12 januari 2017
Herman Divendal Award – nomination
In honor of Herman Divendal (1948- 2015), In den vreemde, will be holding a yearly award ceremony on February 8, starting from the year 2017, two years after Herman Divendal’s death. Herman Divendal was a big support for persecuted, refugee artists, an inspiring personality and a passionate and tireless bridge builder with sincere commitment, humanity and solidarity.
The award will be given to one of the twenty people that are featured on the longlist. The nominees are artists or cultural media who are working from the Netherlands, and, in a similar way as Herman Divendal has been doing during his life, are visibly active and committed as bridge builders between people with different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. To be amongst the twenty people that have been nominated this year, to me already is an award in itself.
In this time of growing intolerance I feel the need to speak up in my own way. By showing the people in Amsterdam, my city. Anonymously. Not mentioning their names, nationality, religion and what’s not. Just showing their humanity. This drawing project will have my focus during the upcoming year. I am hoping to find a bigger platform so this work can really make a difference.
You can follow the process through instagram (#AmsterdamseMensen) or by looking at this album on flickr. #WeAreOnePeople #AmsterdamseMensen
WG Kerst Sale 2016
If you happen to be in Amsterdam this upcoming weekend, here’s your chance to buy wonderful art for only €100. More than 100 pieces of art by more than 100 artists. Photography, painting, ceramics, collage, sculpture, you name it. The idea is that one can buy art for a relatively small amount of money, even if €100 can be a lot of money for some people.
My contribution: three photos from my project ‘Stadstuin – City Garden’, 60x80cm, c-prints, mounted on mdf wood (black, 1cm) and ready to be placed on the wall. (Click to enlarge).
While My Guitar Gently Wheeps
Amazigh Festival Rotterdam
Last week I attended two festival evenings of the Amazigh Festival Rotterdam. Both with poetry, literature and music. On the first evening, Woorden zonder Hoofddoek! (Words without Headscarfs!) I had a small sketchbook with me and I made some spontaneous sketches. The people were so happy about it they invited me to come back to Rotterdam on the closing music night: Grenzen Voorbij (Beyond Limits) at Podium Grounds.
Here’s a small selection of the drawings, featuring the poets, writers and musicians that were performing on both nights. Please click to enlarge.
Queens of Sardines – design contest
This collage is my entry for a sardines packaging competition organized by Queens of Sardines (in collaboration with Fish Tales and Talkin’Food).
Éphémère in China
My one minute video “Éphémère” (Amsterdam, 2014) was one of the 25 nominated videos for The One Minutes China Contest 2016. It didn’t win, but, all nominated videos have been broadcasted by Shanghai Dragon Television on november 17th.
Shanghai Dragon Television is a provincial satellite TV station covering most of China (e.g. Macau, Hong Kong, Taiwan), and, overseas: North America, Japan, Australia, Europe and more.
THE UNKNOWN KNOWN
Foldable cd – cover
Paintings and graphic design by me.
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After an extension of two more weeks, today will be the final day of the exhibition ‘TWIZA’ at Huis de Pinto in Amsterdam. If you would like to be able to enjoy the book at home, there are still copies left of this limited edition art book. Please have a look at this short video to get an impression of the content. You can find the order information below.
TWIZA is a limited edition full color art book, printed on five different kinds of paper, with drawings, photos and video stills I made during her artist residency in Morocco and the poetry, essays and short stories (in Dutch) by Asis Aynan, Shida Boukhizou, Maria van Daalen, Leo Divendal, Jos van Hest, Chaib Massaoudi, Nisrine Mbarki, Frenk Der Nederlanden, Mustafa Stitou and Sandra de Weijze.
TWIZA, signed and numbered (from 1 – 150) costs €20; postage inside the Netherlands is €2,92 and outside €6,25.
If you like to order the book: send me an email at email@example.com
It is also possible to pay through PayPal.
More information about the project can be found in previous posts on this website as well as on the Green Olive Arts blog.