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Functions of Myth – Graduation Show at Club Solo, Breda

with work by Laleh Firoozi, Alexandros Kaklamanos, Yukari Matsumoto, Paulina Mellado and Dimitris Rentoumis. Curated by Thomas I’Anson

The final exhibition of graduating artists from the MFA AKV/St.Joost represents two years of research and development by the participants culminating in this common point of departure. It includes performances, readings, discussions and screenings that take place across the duration of the exhibition (19-29 June). Please refer to  ClubSolo’s website for more information regarding these activities


Laleh Firoozi

Laleh Firoozi (IR) utilizes  many traditional skills, as well as writing and performance, has created her own mythology in the project There was a little bit of devil in her angel eyes. Through her characters, she boldly explores her sexuality with pornographic detail provoking questions not only for the audience but also herself.

2. There was a little bit of devil in her angel eyesperformance : There was a little bit of devil in her angel eyes

1. (left) Bloody ocean_ (middle) Land of devil-angels _(right) Land of dream and sex(left) Bloody ocean (middle) Land of devil-angels  (right) Land of dream and sex


Alexandros Kaklamanos

Alexandros Kaklamanos (GR) presents three video works, two of which are formed from personal narratives, mythological symbols and current socio-political issues. Alex uses his body, immediate surroundings and found footage to create these works. They are both hauntingly familiar in their scenery yet dream like in their execution

4. full circle  (video installation)video installation of the short film full circle

1. MiCROCOSM (video still 1)video still of the short film MiCROCOSM


Yukari Matsumoto

Part of Yukari Matsumoto’s (JP) work encapsulates an extensive body of research surrounding the history, hearsay and folklore of one of the largest and oldest trees in the Netherlands. Exploring this subject she has created a new frame of reference for the tree as a cultural marker and elucidated and expanded upon a field of research of social, cultural and artistic significance which transcends its own site-specificity.

1. De Linde van Sambeek #2, Inner Garden (Collective) De Linde van Sambeek #2, Inner Garden (Collective)

3. WereldboomInterview / Stichting Wereldboom


Paulina Mellado

Paulina Mellado (CL) presents works from an ongoing investigation that creates a convergence between natural and artificial forms. Using painting, drawing, sculpture and installation, forms emerge that approach a proximity to nature that entwine these realities into a quintessential view that is both surreal and enchanting.

2.(right) groningenv-(left) stationsweg(left) Groningen     (right) Stationsweg

1. Blind faithBlind faith


Dimitris Rentoumis

Described by Dimitris Rentoumis (GR) as ‘hybridic projections with a provisional effect’, his installations, such as what is shown in the exhibition, engender a feeling of familiarity through pattern and repetition that combine the use of drawing and computer software to arrive at something ambiguous in both form and concept.

1. DripDrip

2. Appearances Appearances


In September to celebrate this exhibition, a publication by designer Stefano Faoro(IT) and external advisor Thomas I’Anson (GB) will be presented in relation to the exhibition and the show’s prevalent themes


texts by Thomas I’Anson

George Korsmit – Sending Out The Gods

George Korsmit, Tutor at the MFA AKV/St.Joost is presenting his work at Ellen de Bruijne Projects in Amsterdam.

Exhibition: 28 June – 02 August 2014
Opening : 28 June 2014, 3-5 pm
Informal artist talk with slides & video: 3 July 2014 at 8pm

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Ellen de Bruijne Projects is proud to present Sending Out The Gods, an exhibition of new work by George Korsmit.

In the autumn of 2013 George Korsmit left for Seoul to work with several female South Korean shamans (mudang) and in large part hand his artistic decision-making over to them.
In his work Korsmit usually reduces his role of author to that of intermediary. His part in the creation of the work is limited to establishing a set of rules to follow, using dice to determine the dimensions of the colour fields and a blindfold to select the colours. The outcome is unknown and unpredictable.

10489873_903543809672182_8736601095425954793_n For this exhibition George Korsmit has relinquished his authorship to the shamans who conduct their rituals and ceremonies on Mount In Wang in Seoul. The shamans use attributes such as coloured flags, costumes and knives to make contact with spirits of ancestors and gods. Colour plays an important part in these shamanistic rituals, signifying messages from the spirits. The shamans themselves are merely intermediaries in the process. Korsmit asked the South Korean shamans for advice and invited them to choose colours for him, instead of making his usual blind selection.10502500_903543936338836_605022617844510913_nFor two weeks Korsmit worked on Mount In Wang. He felt a kinship with the shamans in his own ritualistic experience as an intermediary between the uncertain and the concrete physical work. As with the Korean shamanistic ceremonies, the procedure of executing his rules involves endurance and accuracy, requiring a dedication and concentration that is at least as important as the final result.
The role of the artist here is not as the prosecutor of meaning but as the witness of phenomena – waiting, listening and accepting the uncertain outcome. Meaning emerges as he follows the plan. 10509560_903543876338842_8068037626741065976_n

The works in the exhibition breathe this concentration on process. On viewing the work you become mesmerized. Whether you look at the round drawings, the video, or sculptures based on previous paintings, the image is elusive, disorienting and impossible to remember. The work involves the viewer, who is caught up in an experience that is difficult to pinpoint. It generates a sense of irrationality, irreducibility and inscrutability. No formal or meaningful analysis makes sense; the colours and shapes captivate the viewer, constantly revealing new relationships. There is no rationale for their configuration. Any contest between form and process, form and anti-form or reason and madness seems ultimately irrelevant. Korsmit’s work allows us the pleasure of participating in a delirium, a deadening of the reasoning faculties, a loss of ‘self’ in the Western sense of the term.


for more details: http://georgekorsmit.com/

QUADRATO – Bologna, Italy

Giulia Cenci , first year student of the MFA AKV/ST.Joost is participating in the following exhibition

INTERNO4 presents:
Giulia Cenci, Giovanni Copelli, Nicola Melinelli, Vincenzo Simone

Opening Friday 24 January 2014, from 21.00 to 01.00
Saturday 25 January 2014, from 12.00 to 00.00
Sunday 26 January 2014, from 12.00 to 20.00
Strada Maggiore 42, Bologna (IT)

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INTERNO4 is an independent organisation founded in Bologna, where it had its exhibition place for about two years. From its very beginning, INTERNO4 intended to be a place for interaction, in a first moment as living and working space of 5 artists and in a second moment when its started working with other young Italian and International artists, bringing their experience in the city of Bologna.

Over two years INTERNO4 has realized twelve events, working with more than thirty Italian and International artists, which ranged from visual arts to experimental music.

At the moment all the components of the original project continue to work in different Italian and International Institutions or independently.

In the course of the last months, the four members of the group, had different kinds of experiences. This motivated the desire of meeting each other again, both in a physical and an experimental way, and share the new knowledge and stimuli that each of them has gained.

To meet a life and project partner through new eyes, equipped of new modalities of practice; all these factors led to QUADRATO, an event that aims to bring together the different energies of INTERNO4 under a new light.

Each person of the group will bring in the exhibition the result of their work, combining it with the one of the others. The theoretical and practical work of every single component will become the construction material of one big installation. Quadrato is a container, opened and flexible, which will not remain a single event, but it aims to be a new step for INTERNO4, a further prototype of event and tool of research.

Quadrato is a project by Giulia Cenci (Cortona 1988, lives and works in Den Bosch, NL), Giovanni Copelli (Correggio 1989, lives and works in London, UK), Nicola Melinelli (Perugia 1988, lives and works in Bologna, IT), Vincenzo Simone (Seraing 1980, lives and works in Bologna IT), and it will be hosted by VID (VISUAL INSTITUTE OF DEVELOPMENTAL SCIENCES).


Palletical / W-O-L-K-E , Brussels

Giorgos Kontis, a former student of our program, is participating in the following exhibition.

18 Dec –  21 Dec 2013
W-O-L-K-EVaartstraat 45 rue du Canal, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

The exhibition is built around the simple concept of storage. More precisely every participant will receive a pallet on/with which to work, also there will be a pallet-lifter to arrange and rearrange the pallets within the space.
The idea is to have a mobile exhibition where different compositions can be made during the course of the exhibition, by the participants and their visitors.


Florence Aigner & Luca Moltmann, Carine Altermatt, David Bergé, Mathie Claeys & Annabelle Demey, Bridget Currie, Franziz Denyz, David De Buyser, Korneel Devillé, Britt Hatzius, Salome Schmuki & Theo Cowley, Giorgos Kontis, Gwendolyn Lootens, Ludovic Ledent, Hana Miletic, Koen Moerenhout, Clare Noonan, Berno Odo Polzer, Céline Prestavoine, Walt Van Beek, Sara van der Zande, Floris Verbeeck, Jan Verbruggen, Susanne Weck/Répondeur Automatik





Club Solo / Art Initiative in Breda

Club solo is a proposal to re-launch the Breda initiative Lokaal 01. The plan is developed by a group of artists with as main leaders:
Thomas Bakker (Tutor of the Mfa Akv StJoost)
Laurent Malherbe


Comrades of Time | Comrades of Time

One of the tutors of the AKV / St. Joost MFA, Bas van den Hurk, is featured in the following group exhibition.

7 Nov 2013 to 22 Dec 2013

at Cell Project Space in London

Comrades of Time Comrades of Time features emerging and established contemporary artists whose work re-negotiates modernism from a renewed position of globalisation, technological advancement and high-speed communication.

Artists: Gabriele Beveridge • Paul Cowan • Bryan Dooley • Koen Delaere • Matias Faldbakken • Nikolas Gambaroff • Wade Guyton • Bas van den Hurk • Marlie Mul • Magali Reus
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‘ SEE YOU WHEN YOU GET THERE ‘ – Bas van den Hurk at Hopstreet Gallery

‘SEE YOU WHEN YOU GET THERE’                                                                        02.11.2013 – 21.12.2013

Bas van den Hurk, one of the tutors of the AKV / St. Joost MFA , is having his solo exhibition at the Hopstreet Gallery in Brussels.

The title of the exhibition stems from the Coolio song featuring 40 Thevz ‘See You When You Get There’, which is based on Johann Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major. It was released in 1997 as the first single from the album My Soul. For Van den Hurk the title refers to the possibility of organising along lines of sensibilities and becoming each other’s witnesses. “I guess, I’ll see you when you see me” sings Coolio at the end; this experience of breaking open a dimension which would not be accessible if it was not possible to share a reality by becoming mutual witnesses, a dimension that is only accessible through a caesura in time and understanding, is at the core of his practice.

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www.basvandenhurk.com             www.hopstreet.be

XOHOUILLE – opening 29/11/2013 from 7.30pm – WOLKE – Brussels

xoAn exhibition by the master students of MFA AKV|St. Joost Academy from Breda and s’Hertogenbosch, in conversation with curator Emmanuel Lambion. The exhibition is presenting works developed during the last two weeks of residency at W-O-L-K-E.

Participating artists:
Danni van Amstel (NL), Katrein Breukers (NL), Katherina Heil (DE), Maarten Spons (NL), Giulia Cenci (IT), Mohadesheh Rahimitabar (IR), Tyas Leeuwerink (NL), Maud Oonk (NL), Laleh Firoozi (IR), Yukari Matsumoto (JP), Paulina Mellado Neely (CL), Alexandros Kaklamanos (GR), Dimitrios Rentoumis (GR), Marieke Slump(NL)

You are most welcome on November 29th from 7.30 pm at W-O-L-K-E , Vaartstraat 45, Rue du Canal , 1000 Brussels


30.11.2013 – 19.01.2014 | SELF-TITLED SPACE | Tilburg , The Netherlands

Park-Tilburg-800x656 thomasThomas Bakker , one of the tutors of the MFA AKV/St.Joost is featured in the following exhibition. SELF-TITLED SPACE is Park’s second exhibition, and first with an outside curator – Colin Huerter Participating artists: Thomas Bakker [NL] , Jan van den Dobbelsteen [NL] , Andreas Greiner & Armin Keplinger [DE], Nan Groot Antink [NL], Simon Kentgens [NL], John Knuth [US], James Krone [US/DE], Antonia Low [UK/DE], Flavio de Marco [IT/DE] , Alexander Skorobogatov [RU/DE], Colin Snapp [US], Evi Vingerling [NL], Jonas Wijtenburg [NL]

For more details : http://www.park013.nl/en/

In conversation with Emmanuel Lambion

Emmanuel Lambion, founder of the Bn PROJECTS , was today our guest on the 11th floor at W-O-L-K-E . After presenting his practice as curator and as ‘artworker’, he had individual conversations with the master students about initial ideas and works in progress.S1160015 S1160019 S1160027

Residency at W-O-L-K-E – Brussels, Belgium

From the 18th of November until the 1st of December our master students will be working at W-O-L-K-E , in Brussels.

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MUHKADEMIE – Museum of Contemprorary Art, Antwerp

Participation of the master students in the workshop and lecture of Michelangelo Pistoletto and Cittadellarte. Participating Alexandros Kaklamanos , Dimitris Rentoumis, Paulina Mellado Neely and Yukari Matsumoto



What happens when the messy Academy invades the pure white rooms of the M HKA museum of contemporary art? When the cradle and the Valhalla of art come face to face? A temporary no-man’s-land comes into existence, that’s what, offering us an
opportunity to raise questions about both institutions. The artist Nico Dockx and the art historian Johan Pas have invited a range of artists and artlovers, lecturers and students, thinkers and doers to consider the roles of both the Academy and the museum in a changed, post-institutional art world.

To that end, the three exhibition rooms on the top floor of the M HKA become a temporary branch of the Academy. The three spaces take on the functions of archive, assembly hall, and project space and are linked with each other by a flexible, transparent, site-specific structure by the visionary architect Yona Friedman (born in 1923). This structure provides a setting for conversations, classes, workshops, discussions, and presentations over a period of three months.

MUHKADEMIE is a temporary laboratory in which the boundaries between artistic practice, education, and research can be explored. Alumna Ina Leys invited alumni of the Academy to present new works (MUHKALUMNI), while a variety of works of art and documents from the M HKA’s collection are introduced as ‘sparring partners’. During the day, visitors to the museum can observe projects, seminars, and workshops; every Thursday evening there will be public conversations with artists about the interfaces between the museum and the Academy, art and education, practice and reflection.

MUHKADEMIE includes documents, works, interventions, and/ or contributions by, a.o., James Lee Byars, Marcel Broodthaers, Jacques Charlier, Jean-Baptiste Decavèle, Luc Deleu & TOP-office, Extra-Academy, Robert Filliou, Yona Friedman, Jef Geys, Ina Leys, Gustav Metzger, Louise Osieka, Panamarenko, Michelangelo Pistoletto & Cittadellarte, and students and staff of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. The activities are being documented and some will appear, along with other contributions, in book form early in 2014 under the title Pro-Positions. Art and/as Education 2013–1963 (published by Mer, Ghent).


New Future | Palazzo Poggi Museum | Bologna, Italy


New Future

January 18th – February 17th, 2013 | Palazzo Poggi Museum | Bologna, Italy

One of the most important goals fixed lately by BJCEM is to decrease the distance between the young contemporary artistic production and the art market, creating and establishing a contact between an audience of professionals and collectors and emerging artists of interest.

The exhibition New Future is a further step in this direction (started with the participation to the Art Fairs Swab and The Others), gathering a selection of artists that we’ve presented last september in Nottingham, on the occasion of the World Event Young Artists. The artists are: Jessica Lloyd-Jones (UK), Zoe Giabouldaki (Greece), Alexandros Kaklamanos (Greece), Martin Vongrej (Slovakia), Muna Amareen (Jordan), Karmil Cardone (Italy), Giulia Manfredi (Italy), Laura Skocek (Austria), Akram Al Halabi (Syrian), Fabrizio Cotognini (Italy), Tzion Abraham Hazan (Israel), Igor Bošnjack (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Moussa Sarr (France).

Organized by the Association Visioni Future, the Museum of Modern Art of Bologna (MAMbo) and BJCEM, curated by the young Manuela Valentini, the exhibition will be hosted from January 18th to February 17th, 2013 at the Museum of Art and Science of Palazzo Poggi in Bologna. The event is part of ArtCity Bologna, the cultural program of exhibitions and institutional initiatives organized at Art Fair 2013.

The artists have worked on site-specific interventions made especially for the occasion and their works want to establish a dialogue with the history of the building. Since 1711 Palazzo Poggi has turned into a very efficient center for research, production and dissemination of scientific knowledge, thanks to the efforts of General Luigi Marsili (1658-1730). Nowadays its rooms, frescoed by some of the great painters of the past (among which Pellegrino Tibaldi and Prospero Fontana) host many cabinets that hold specimens of extinct animals species, archaeological finds and the equipment that scientists used for their scientific and anatomical studies.

The exhibition – which is sponsored by the Italian Ministry of Heritage and Culture, the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education,Arts and Culture and the Basilicata region – is at the “piano nobile” of Palazzo Poggi. The antique collections will share their space with contemporary works, realized with modern materials: a show within a show, that encourages the visitor to move freely through the rooms in a sort of “treasure hunt” of unexpected work to be found in unexpected places.

New Future
January 18th – February 17th, 2013
Palazzo Poggi Museum

Curated by Manuela Valentini