A fortress: a hard concrete structure set up for military defense and control, usually surrounded by a much softer looking piece of nature.
Taking this fact as a starting point, Leonardiansyah Allenda and Serena Lee created a series of site-specific spatial installations for the Kunstfort, playing with notions of force, resistance, tension and balance. Integrating sculptural, video and audio elements, Licking Thread, Hearing Everything puts the physical presence of the fort into dialogue with qualities of yinyang. These are essential to taijiquan, a martial arts form practiced as defense and as maintenance for whole body health. The works carry traces of an artistic search for embodied knowledge and the question of how artistic practices are shaped by familial histories of migration and diaspora.
Festive opening on Sunday, 24 July, 15.00h. Word of welcome at 15.30h, followed by drinks, snacks and a performance. Everyone is welcome!
• At the Genieloods: Sarah Naqvi – Testimonies of othering and their impossibly possible futures
• On and around the peninsula: interventions by Joakim Derlow, Alban Karsten and Pablo Lerma (in collaboration with IHLIA – LGBTI Heritage and guest co-curator Jim van Geel)
• External: Kunstfort at Grazende Zwaan festival (9–11 of September, Landgoed Kleine Vennep)
This Kunstfort exhibition was curatorially initiated by former director Zippora Elders.
‘Licking Thread, Hearing Everything’ is a collaboration between Amsterdam-based artist Leonardiansyah Allenda (ID) and Vienna-based artist Serena Lee (CA). These works were made possible thanks to the support of the Stokroos Foundation, the Mondriaan Fund, Canada Council for the Arts and FWF – Der Wissenschaftsfonds (Austria).