Apprentice Master #5: A Softer Space
8 April @ 7:30 pm - 2 May @ 5:00 pm
Apprentice Master exhibition #5
8 April 2021 – 2 May 2021
Kunstpodium T, Tilburg
Julius Thissen (master)
During their time in the Apprentice Master project at Kunstpodium T, Megan Auður, Eugenie Boon, Elisa Klabbers, Wanda Tiersma and Julius Thissen based their work on tender conversations around notions of care and softness. This resulted in the group-exhibition titled A Softer Space. Within this exhibition, the five artists propose softness and community as a central and crucial aspect of creating artistic work. What constitutes an act of (self)care? Can vulnerability among artists, rather than competitiveness, allow for communal growth? Within A Softer Space the artists aim to connect, to heal, to fail, to play, to rest, and to debate.
In the fifth exposition of the Apprentice Master season 2020/2021 Apprentices Wanda Tiersma, Megan Auður, Elisa Klabbers en Eugenie Boon will be exhibiting with Master Julius Thissen. The exhibition is on show from Thursday 8 April to until Sunday 2 May 2021 at Kunstpodium T in Tilburg. Due to the lockdown, this exhibition takes place as a window exhibition and is on show 24/7.
About the artists:
Megan Auður (1994, Iceland) In her work Megan Auður seeks to question how the world finds itself in the state it is today by rejecting and redeveloping institutionalised realities. Auður’s works are not just the end result of long research trajectories, they are also part of the artist’s ongoing research. As such, her works are propositions towards dialogue and intervention, hoping to create a more equitable existence for all.
Eugenie Boon (1995, Curacao) lives and works in The Hague. Her multidisciplinary works revolve around her upbringing on the island of Curacao and the island’s historical relation to the Netherlands. In a shamanistic , playful, poetic yet still critical way, her projects question social-political issues and cultural vs institutional structures in which the spectator is challenged to recognise themselves and perhaps reflect on their own position.
Elisa Klabbers (1995, Belgium) Lives and works in Utrecht. Elisa researches safety, intimacy, gender and sexuality in the spaces created by memories, stories and interactions, theirs and from others, real and fictional. Their work is research based, developing into non-linear, fragmented storytelling in the form of installations, performances, short videos and text.
Wanda Tiersma (1990, the Netherlands) lives and works in Nijmegen. Besides her art practice, she engages in multiple art projects. She is also a trained and passionate Art Mediator. Through her work she investigates the realm of physical intimacy and the connection that we hold towards one another, purely on the base that we all have a pulsing, breathing, throbbing body. Regarding human beings as something more than a collection of features and qualities, she wants to cross the borders that divide us and bring people closer together.
Julius Thissen (1993, the Netherlands) lives and works in Arnhem. His works investigate notions of community and representation, masculinity, sports and competition. With the work Thissen aims to create narratives that investigate the fine line between performing and failing. These relations are strongly linked to contemporary performance driven culture and the influence of social expectations on our behaviour.