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.”