Pierre Houcmant (1953-2019)

The Rijksakademie regrets to announce that artist/photographer Pierre Houcmant passed away on Sunday 18 August.

Pierre Houcmant, born in Pepinster (BE) in 1953, studied in the seventies at the L'école supérieure des arts Saint-Luc de Liège.

In 1987 he started his residency at the Rijksakademie.

In the early 1990s, he became interested in the image of the body, which he fragmented. At the same time, he produced a series of 50 portraits of Belgium writers, assembled under the title Faces of the Written Word. These portraits have been the subject of exhibitions and a book, published under the same title.

Shiu Jin (1975-2019)

We are saddened by the news that on Friday 16 august 2019 artist Shiu Jin and his partner Joungmin Yi have passed away.

Shiu Jin was resident at the Rijksakademie in 2011 and 2012. In addition to his practice as an individual artist, he was founding member of Okin Collective, a three-member artist collective founded in 2009. Okin Collective focused its work on social issues
associated with urban development in South Korea.

Shiu Jin’s individual work began with scattered words or sentences written in his notebook. They seemed to trace daily life, but unlike a diary the words didn’t have a distinct relation, nor do they followed linear time. When these ‘performative fragments’ were shaped into an imaginary narrative, they became an episode. In this process of conversion through experimental arrangements – creating drawings, photography, film or installations – he found a way to express the variable links between his words and his work.

Our hearts are with their families and friends.
(Former) residents, advisors and staff of the Rijksakademie.

Call for applications Masterclass Art Mediation RijksakademieOPEN 2019

The Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam is looking for candidates for the seventh edition of the Art Mediation Masterclass that will be offered in English this year.
Art Mediation is an active form of mediation between work of art and audience, an approach that revolves around an open dialogue with the audience instead of passing down information.

Art mediators 'mediate' between the work of art and the viewer. They are very knowledgeable about art and communicating knowledge, and are able to use the best techniques to deepen the visitor’s experience.
Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten
The Rijkskademie is an international artist residency programme that fosters a unique environment for the development of contemporary artistic practices. Residents develop their work over two years, which gives them the time, space and means to deepen their practices with the support of local and international artistic advisors who help them to expand their horizons. Its production facilities, which include ceramics, plastics, electronics, audio visual, print, metal, wood, print and sound, and the highly collaborative approach of the technical advisors, enable artists to test out new methodologies and to develop innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to art making.
RijksakademieOPEN (21-24 November 2019) is held annually: all studios, project spaces and technical workshops are accessible to the public. Visitors can view works for the first time, which are later presented internationally in leading collections, exhibitions and biennales.
Art Mediation Masterclass
After six successful previous editions, the Rijksakademie is organizing another Art Mediation Masterclass. The class devotes attention to a range of art mediation techniques as well as the actual artist practice and the Rijksakademie’s operating method. The masterclass covers eight full days in which participants acquire innovative art mediation techniques, practice these techniques with each other, and formulate their own activities with the public. Knowledge exchange and enrichment are an important element of the masterclass.
What makes this masterclass so special is the personal interaction with the artists. The art mediators develop their knowledge and methods in part by entering into a dialogue with the makers.
If the Masterclass is completed successfully, the participant will be invited to engage in the developed activities for the public during the RijksakademieOPEN 2019 weekend. A fee is available for performing these activities (€ 35 excluding VAT per activity).
We offer:
• A comprehensive program with contributions from experts in the field of art mediation and public guidance, with extensive teaching and training in a range of theories and techniques
• Personal coaching in your development as an art mediator
• Enrichment in talent development and artist practice, among other things by Martijntje Hallmann (head of Rijksakademie Residency) and the technical experts of the Rijksakademie
• An exclusive 'look behind the screens' at the Rijksakademie: you will visit the Rijksakademie in the phase prior to RijksakademieOPEN and study the work of the resident artists. You will meet the artists and learn how the Rijksakademie operates
• You will develop activities for the public
• Special RijksakademieOPEN preview
• Access to an international network of contemporary art professionals
• If the masterclass is completed successfully, you will put the knowledge acquired into practice for the public at RijksakademieOPEN
• A fee for each guided tour/public activity (€35 excluding VAT per activity) 

Please note: The Art Mediation Masterclass is offered in English this year! Guided tours can be offered in English or Dutch.
We are looking for enthusiastic and ambitious beginning art mediators who:

• Have some experience with guided tours or the implementation of activities for the public
• Are familiar with contemporary art and interested in the practice of contemporary artists
• Have good communication skills (Dutch/English)
• Are available from 21 through 24 November (RijksakademieOPEN) and 8 days in October and November (dates to be determined). 

The fee for participation in the Art Mediation Masterclass (including all lectures and workshops, lunch and coffee, membership of the Rijksakademie library and two tickets for RijksakademieOPEN) is € 500 to be paid before the masterclass starts.
If you are interested, please send your short motivation letter and resumé to Virág Szentkirályi before 25 August. The maximum number of participants in the masterclass is 8. The selection procedure may include a personal interview.

Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten announces its residents for 2020-2021

Julian Abraham Togar (ID)
Daniel Aguilar Ruvalcaba (MX)
Razia Barsatie (SR/NL)
Verena Blok (NL)
Simnikiwe Buhlungu (ZA)
Ali Eyal (IQ)
Robert Glas (NL)
Saemundur Thor Helgason (IS/NL)
Hannah Dawn Henderson (GB/NL)
Penelope Koliopoulou (GR)
Wouter van der Laan (NL)
Sungeun Lee (KR)
Tessa Mars (HT)
Polina Medvedeva (NL/RU)
Claudia Pagès Rabal (ES)
Hend Samir (EG)
Ratu Saraswati (ID)
Silke Schönfeld (DE)
Tomasz Skibicki (PL/NL)
Takanori Suzuki (JP)
Anh Tran (NZ/VN)
Werker Collective (NL/ES)

The Rijksakademie’s artist community has a unique ecology, which is highly international, multi-disciplinary, experimental and critically engaged. Artists are supported with a studio, a stipend, by a wide range of artistic and technical advisors, including artists, curators and thinkers, and have access to well-equipped workshops, a library and discursive engagement.

Out of 2150 applicants, 23 artist residents have been selected to join the programme in 2020, for two-year residencies. Half of the residents are Dutch, or living in the Netherlands, and the other half are international. Practices range from painting, sculpture and installation to film, video, sound, digital, virtual reality, social, performance and publishing.

The jury process involved a range of Rijksakademie advisors and professionals from the contemporary art field, including Mounira Al Solh, Sepake Angiama, Rossella Biscotti, Ansuya Blom, Stéphane Calais, Xinyi Cheng, Isabelle Cornaro, Ade Darmawan, Yael Davids, Femke Herregraven, Aernout Mik, Melvin Moti, Gabi Ngcobo, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Emily Pethick, Sawang Yawnghwe and Tirdad Zolghadr.

Rijksakademie director, Emily Pethick, comments on the selection, “The Rijksakademie supports artists who want to challenge themselves and what art can be and do in the world today. After an extensive selection process, we are thrilled to be welcoming such a diverse group of new residents into our artist community. Each impressed us with vibrant and compelling practices, and their courage and commitment to take risks, experiment and sustain highly inventive independent practices. In many ways, these artists invited us to keep reimagining the transformative power of art.”

Melvin Moti, jury member and Rijksakademie advisor comments on how the jury process offers, “… an insight into what artists are thinking of and working on at the moment: what’s on their minds, what’s on their radar, what are current tendencies and topics. It gives a very clear overview of what’s in the air at this very moment, socially, politically and artistically. The enormous number of applicants enables the Rijksakademie to constantly rediscover what artists need and how the institute can best facilitate and challenge their practice. Each year, the group of residents is slightly different from the previous, and each year the Rijksakademie finds itself within a new community of artists that keeps it in constant motion.”

Launch 'Bodies in Resistance and Rebellion in times of War and Death'


Resident Aldo Esparza Ramos presents "Bodies in Resistance and Rebellion in times of War and Death"

Thursday 20 June 2019
17:00 - 19:00, doors open at 16:45
Rijksakademie Reading Room

Admission is free, reserve your seat here.

This event is part of the Rijksakademie Public Programme and was initiated by Rijksakademie resident artist Aldo Esparza Ramos and Teresa Maria Diaz Nerio.


Inspired by and in conversation with dialogical and decolonial methodologies and feminist and indigenous epistemologies, Other Practices of knowledge(s) as a collaborative and autonomous publishing praxis also constitutes an example of epistemic freedom within (and despite of) colonial patriarchal academia (Icaza 2018). The IV volume of this publication-praxis titled Bodies in Resistance and Rebellion in times of War and Death is been launched in different venues across Germany and the Netherlands. The volume features contributions from indigenous, afro-descendant, mestizo, black, trans, anti-racist feminists academics, activists and artists based in the Americas, the Caribbean and the Netherlands who reflect upon their embodied and enfleshed/encarnada resistance in the margins of academia that provide vocabularies and praxis that highlights ways of cultivating knowledge aiming at overcoming epistemic violence (de Jong et. al. 2018, Motta 2018).

This event is in collaboration with Weaving Realities.
About the Speakers

Professor Xochitl Leyva

CIESAS, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico.
Xóchitl Leyva Solano is a political activist and academic researcher, who studies power relations and social movements through the lens of political anthropology. Within recent years she dedicated special attention to the indigenous Zapatista-movement, following a collaborative approach with marginalized groups, revealing "otros conocimientos" ('other knowledge') and at the same time questioning language, theories and paradigms of western academia.

Professor Patricia Botero
Patricia Botero has a PhD in Social Sciences, Child and Youth from Universidad de Manizales and CINDE, Colombia. She is teacher and researcher at the Center for Independent Studies and Autonomous Publishing House "Color Tierra". This center and publishing house is a collaborative project that involves Collective Weavings of Universidad de la Tierra, Manizales-Caldas, the South-West Colombian, the Campaign "Pacific Otherwise" is Possible and the Group “Academics Defending the Colombian Pacific, Gaidepac. Her work focuses in narrative research and research processes from the perspective of collective action and decolonization.
Dr. Christiane Stephan

Christiane Stephan currently works as post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Geography at the University of Bonn. She is at the same time active as an activist working on topics of women's rights and dignity in various spaces around Germany, Mexico and Kenya. Since the formulation of a topic for her PhD research, she has gained practical experience in doing research not as an "atomized, individualized" researcher but in "co-labor", which since then has been a constant point of reflection, hope and challenge. Using visual methods and various sensory methods, she tries to discover new ways of co-creating and communicating research together with a network of friends, research partners and colleagues. In a new research project, she looks into arts and media "imaginations of the future".
Paulina Trejo Mendez
I am a decolonial feminist and artist writing and resisting from my body. I am currently doing a PhD at the International Institute of Social Studies part of Erasmus University Rotterdam, in the Netherlands. My academic work focuses on forms of resistance to the violence of colonility specifically on resistance to epistemicide (erasure of ways of knowing) and to femicide (erasure of racialized-gendered-feminized bodies). It considers these while looking at the politics of knowledge within the field of development studies from a decolonial lens. I am part of Comalli Collective focused on creative projects on art and healing and write on decolonization in my blog https://encounteringdecoloniality.wordpress.com/ and about autonomous health and healing from a feminist perspective in my blog in Spanish https://lacatartica.wordpress.com/
About Weaving Realities
Weaving Realities is a collaboration among three artists, namely Teresa Maria Diaz Nerio, Yuchen Li and Aldo Esparza Ramos, who are all based in Amsterdam. The intention is set around the concept of ‘sentipensar’ which is thinking through feeling and also the concept of ‘practical decolonization’ which aims to re-educate us all into a living in harmony with each other and with nature.
With series of public programs, we are re-educating ourselves by bringing other cosmologies into our practices and by founding our thinking in the doing in everyday life.

Rijksakademie Public Programme #5 - Miguel A. López

Please join on us on Thursday, May 16 from 19:00- 21:00 for a talk with writer, researcher, and curator Miguel A. López: Dissident Fictions in the Land of Misogyny and Homophobia

Doors open at 18:45, tickets are available here


This talk will reflect on diverse practices that create a dialogue between history, memory, and feminist politics in Latin America. Within this context, López will share ideas related to the Museo Travesti del Perú [Transvestite Museum of Peru] in Lima, founded by the late Peruvian philosopher, drag queen and queer activist Giuseppe Campuzano in 2003. The museum, halfway between performance and historical research, proposed a critical reviewing of history from the strategic perspective of a fictional figure Campuzano called the 'androgynous indigenous/mixed-race transvestite'. There, transgender, transvestite, transsexual, intersexual and androgynous figures were posited as the central actors and main political subjects for any construction of a history. In relation to this, López then will speak about TEOR/éTica, a non-profit visual art organization founded in 1999 by artist and curator Virginia Pérez-Ratton. Its mission is to contribute to the research and diffusion of contemporary art practices in Central America and the Caribbean in dialogue with global realities. Their recent curatorial projects of Central American artists who use diverse strategies of self-fashioning and image-making to explore the political representation of gender. The affinities that emerge in their works underscore the fact that art is an important place in which to reclaim the right to self-determination of our names, lives, and bodies.

Miguel A. López (b.1983) is a Peruvian writer, researcher, and co-director and chief curator of TEOR/éTica, a center for exhibitions, research, and publications on Central American and Caribbean contemporary art in San José, Costa Rica. His work investigates collaborative dynamics and transformations in the understanding of and engagement with Latin American politics and feminist re-articulations of art and culture in recent decades.
His texts have been published in journals such as Afterall, Artforum, E-flux Journal, ramona, Art in America, Art Journal, and Manifesta Journal, among others. He has curated Cecilia Vicuña. Seehearing the Enlightened Failure at Witte de With, Rotterdam, 2019; Social Energies/Vital Forces. Natalia Iguiñiz: Art, Activism, Feminism (1994-2018) at the ICPNA, Lima, 2018; Balance and Collapse: Patricia Belli, Works 1986-2016 in TEOR/éTica, San José, and Fundación Ortiz Gurdian, Managua, 2016-2017; Teresa Burga: Structures of Air (with Agustín Pérez Rubio) at MALBA, Buenos Aires, 2015; and the God is queer section for the 31st São Paulo Biennial, 2014, among others. He has recently published the books Ficciones disidentes en la tierra de la misoginia (Dissident Fictions in the Land of Misogyny; Pesopluma, 2019); and The Words of Others: León Ferrari and Rhetoric in Times of War (together with Ruth Estévez and Agustín Diez Fischer, REDCAT and JRP-Ringier, 2017). He is a co-founder of Bisagra, an independent space active in Lima since 2014. In 2016 he was awarded the Independent Vision Curatorial Award, given every two years by Independent Curator International.

This talk is part of the Rijksakademie Public Programme, developed in collaboration with Witte de With, Rotterdam, where Miguel A. López is guest-curator of the Cecilia Vicuña retrospective, opening on 26 May 2019.

Giuseppe Campuzano, Letanía [Litany], 2012 Digital collage and silkscreen on paper, 50 x 30 cm. Courtesy Giuseppe Campuzano Archive Giuseppe Campuzano, Letanía [Litany], 2012 Digital collage and silkscreen on paper, 50 x 30 cm. Courtesy Giuseppe Campuzano Archive

Funda Gül Özcan wins the Volkskrant Beeldende Kunst Prijs 2019

On 18 April, during a broadcast of the radio programme Opium, it was announced that the Rijksakademie alumna Funda Gül Özcan (RA 16/17) is the winner of the 12th edition of the Volkskrant Beeldende Kunst Prijs.

"Her installations can be experienced as a roller coaster in which all kinds of things happen simultaneously with the viewer. Her dioramas are rich, fascinating and both enigmatic and technically astonishing'", according to the jury that unanimously chose Funda Gül Özcan.

Her work and that of the other two nominated artists Neo Matloga and Lonneke van der Palen will be on display at the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam until 16 June.

Listen to the broadcast of Opium here.


Shortlist Prix de Rome Visual Arts 2019 announced

Rijksakademie alumni Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen (RA 16/17) and Femke Herregraven (RA 17/18) have been nominated for the Prix de Rome 2019, together with Esiri Erheriene-Essi and Rory Pilgrim.

Each artist will receive a working budget and will be given the opportunity to create new work during a five-month period. The work will be exhibited at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam from 19 October 2019. 

The winning artist will receive 40,000 euros and a residency at the American Academy in Rome.

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Shortlist Preis der Nationalgalerie 2019

Rijksakademie alumni Pauline Curnier Jardin (RA 15/16) and Katja Novitskova (RA 13/14) are among the four shortlisted artists for the Preis der Nationalgalerie 2019.

Statements from the jury:

Pauline Carnier Jardin convinced the jury with her transgressive artistic practice adopting visual and narrative elements as much from the theatre tradition as from narrative cinema. Her often humorous works are the outcome of an individual approach towards historical situations and the collective repertoire of stories, religious and cultural traditions, and mythologies by transposing them into a contemporary experimental language. The jury was especially drawn to her approach towards gender roles, diversity of identityand queerness*, addressed from the position of a "precarious feminism".

One of the pioneers of an artistic language that became known as 'post internet art', Katja Novitskova convinced the jury with the virtuosity and complexity with which she brings together images of nature and technology. Her immersive sculptural environments address the transformation of organic bodies into digital data and attempt, so to speak, a re-materialization of our extensively virtual world. Capturing the process of transformation, she creates futuristic landscapes and maps of information and exemplifies the growing inadequacy of the division between the real and the virtual.

A joint exhibition of the artists’ work will be shown from August 16, 2019 to January 12, 2020 at Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin. The prizewinner will be chosen on 12 September, the award consists of a solo exhibition with a catalogue at one of the institutions of Berlin’s Nationalgalerie in the fall of 2020.
Pauline Curnier Jardin, 'Grotta Profunda Approfundita', 2017, installation-film, installation view, 'Viva Arte Viva, Arsenale, 57th Venice Biennale (photo Daniele Zoiko) Pauline Curnier Jardin, 'Grotta Profunda Approfundita', 2017, installation-film, installation view, 'Viva Arte Viva, Arsenale, 57th Venice Biennale (photo Daniele Zoiko) Katja Novitskova (photo Lutz Leitmann) Katja Novitskova (photo Lutz Leitmann) Katja Novitskova, Pattern of Activation (eyes of the world), 2017, installation, sculpture, sound, various media. From solo exhibition for Estonian Pavilion for the 57th Venice Biennale, 2017. Courtesy of the artist, Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin (photo Anu Vahtra) Katja Novitskova, Pattern of Activation (eyes of the world), 2017, installation, sculpture, sound, various media. From solo exhibition for Estonian Pavilion for the 57th Venice Biennale, 2017. Courtesy of the artist, Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin (photo Anu Vahtra)

Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber


Sharjah Biennial 14
Leaving the Echo Chamber
7 March  - 10 June

Programme Opening Week & March Meeting

The 14th edition of the Sharjah Biennial (SB14), Leaving the Echo Chamber, explores the possibilities and purpose of producing art when news is fed by a monopoly of sources, history is increasingly fictionalised, when ideas of ‘society’ are invariably displaced, when borders and beliefs are dictated by cultural, social and political systems.

Curators Zoe Butt, Omar Kholeif and Claire Tancons, who have collaboratively conceived the SB14 theme, present three distinct exhibitions bringing together a range of experiences and works to create a series of provocations about how one might re-negotiate the shape, form, and function of the "echo chamber" of contemporary life, towards a multiplying of the echoes within, such vibration representative of the vast forms of human production —its rituals, beliefs and customs.

Participating Rijksakademie alumni:

Journey Beyond the Arrow
- curated by Zoe Butt -

Anawana Haloba
Meiro Koizumi
Mark Salvatus

Making New Time
- curated by Omar Kholeif -

Otobong Nkanga
Pamela Rosenkranz
Kemang Wa Lehulere

Look for Me All Around You
- curated by Claire Tancons -

Meschac Gaba
Matthew Lutz-Kinoy


publication date 20-12-2018

Tushar Joag (1966-2018)

We are saddened by the news that on Tuesday 18 December 2018 artist-activist and Rijksakademie alumnus Tushar Joag passed away unexpectedly.

Tushar and his wife Sharmila Samant were both residents at the Rijksakademie in 1998 and 1999. After returning to Mumbai, they founded the artist-led initiative 'Open Circle', one of the first platforms of the Rijksakademie Artists Initiatives Network (RAIN). Open Circle (1999-2008) was an artist collective that sought to engage with contemporary socio-political issues via an integration of theory and practice.

Tushar described himself as a public intervention artist. He founded the Public Work Cells, an organisation that worked “to create works of art that seek to make interventions in the urban space, by designing and producing objects that while being functional and aesthetic bring into focus the various concerns of the immediate situation”.

In recent years he taught at Shiv Nadar University of Arts in Greater Noida, where he and Sharmila set up the Masters of Arts programme.

Over the past few weeks, Tushar had been helping to assemble a forum called Artists Unite, which recently issued a statement signed by 450 painters, writers and filmmakers warning that “democracy is not a majoritarian project to identify enemies and enforce uniformity of language, behaviour and culture”. It added, “Democracy is the celebration of a collective will for peace, of living together with dignity and equality.”

Our hearts are with Sharmila, his children Kattyayani & Kashyap, and his family and friends.
Tushar Joag in 2016 (photo www.ficart.org) Tushar Joag in 2016 (photo www.ficart.org)

publication date 4-10-2018

Shortlist Future Generation Art Prize 2019

Rijksakademie alumni Monira Al Qadiri (RA 16/17) and Yu Araki (guestresident in 2018) are shortlisted for the fith edition of the Future Generation Art Prize.

The Future Generation Art Prize is a biannual global contemporary art prize open to all artists aged 35 or younger from anywhere in the world, working in any medium. Shortlisted artists will be commissioned to create new works on view in exhibitions at the PinchukArtCentre in Kyiv (1 February - 14 April) and the Venice Biennale (9 May - September 2019).

The Future Generation Art Prize 2019 Award Ceremony will take place in March 2019.

publication date 6-3-2018

Em’kal Eyongakpa receives Henrike Grohs Art Award

Rijksakademie alumnus Em’kal Eyongakpa (born 1981 in Mamfe, Cameroon) is the first recipient of the Henrike Grohs Art Award, conceived by the Goethe-Institut and the Grohs family. He will be awarded with a € 20.000 cash prize on 13 March 2018 in Abidjan.

The jury states: “The jury unanimously awards the inaugural Henrike Grohs Art Award to Em’kal Eyongakpa for his poetic, subtle and subjective approach. His work expresses universal concerns of humanity. The multidisciplinary stance of his practice that includes knowledge derived from science, ethnobotany, magical realism, experimentation and utopia, aptly responds to the core values of the Henrike Grohs Art Award.”

The Henrike Grohs Art Award is a biennial prize dedicated to artists who are living and working in Africa and practicing in the field of visual arts. It recognises the lifetime achievements of the former Head of the Goethe-Institut in Abidjan, Henrike Grohs, who was killed on 13 March 2016 in a terrorist attack in Grand-Bassam, Côte d’Ivoire.

Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, President of the Goethe-Institut: “We have not only lost a highly esteemed and beloved colleague in Henrike Grohs but also a person who carried hope into the world with her beliefs and actions. Therefore, it is of particular importance to link the memory of Henrike Grohs to a viewpoint that reflects her work and desires. This has come to fruition in the prize, as it promotes the cause of Henrike Grohs: To support African creative artists and make a contribution towards international dialogue. I would like to congratulate the first prize winner Em’kal Eyongakpa with whom, after an intensive selection process, the judges have made an excellent choice.”

Jury members

- Koyo Kouoh (Artistic Director, RAW Material Company, Dakar)
- Laurence Bonvin (artist and representative of the Grohs family, Berlin)
- Raphael Chikukwa (Chief Curator, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare)
- Simon Njami (Curator, Paris)

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Em'kal Eyongakpa
Henrike Grohs Award