On Your Own; Haagse Kunstkring, The Hague

Maja Pop Trajkova; in the background Katarina Juricic

Thirteen artists who graduated this year from different departments of the Royal Academy in The Hague (KABK) are exhibiting their work at Haagse Kunstkring (HKK).

Katarina Juricic
Katarina Juricic

They were free to make their own exhibition co-operatively and (as it looks like) in full respect for each other’s work.

Katarina Juricic
Filippo Maria Ciriani
Filippo Maria Ciriani

It has become a well staged, even quite coherent show.

Filippo Maria Ciriani
Stella Hyunji Kim

That in itself is quite surprising considering the very personal content of some the works.

Stella Hyunji Kim
Stella Hyunji Kim
Catherine Ostraya

The works on show vary from the relatively simple intervention by Maja Pop Trajkova, which creates, amongst others, a special space for Katarina Juričić’s work, to the sophisticated machinery by Louis Braddock Clarke of which, admittedly, i personally understand not even half, but which gives listening to the world quite another dimension.

Sophia Wester
Sophia Wester

Two artists are as lucky as to have a single space for their own.

Sophia Wester
Pien Kars
Pien Kars

Catherine Ostraya has the rarely used attic to show her performance (as i was a bit early only a countdown for the action was on show) and Linhuei Chen has the gallery’s kitchen and part of the staircase where she gives a compelling account of the constantly changing position of an artist and a mother raising a family in a foreign country.

Pien Kars
Erik van Schaften

Technically speaking the back space of the gallery is probably the most challenging as it contains more or less monumental and very different works by four artists.

Erik van Schaften
Erik van Schaften
Suzette Bousema

There are the stereoscopic encounters with nature by Sophia Wester, the colourful altars for the feminine by Pien Kars, the omnipresence of the giant hogweed by Erik van Schaften and the cyanotypes (a technique which seems to gain popularity again amongst artists) of plastic waste from the sea by Suzette Bousema.

Suzette Bousema
Linhuei Chen

Of course all four works have something to do with nature and archaeology but still the results are quite distinct.

Linhuei Chen
Linhuei Chen
Louis Braddock Clarke

The combination is however quite successful.

Louis Braddock Clarke
Louis Braddock Clarke

One could even claim the works by both Filippo Maria Ciriani and Stella Hyunji Kim are about archaeology, the first photographing the small mining town of Kelmis in German speaking eastern Belgium (just south of Dutch Vaals) and its surroundings, a mining place where they are prospecting again for riches, and the latter looking for what seemingly destructive burning can in fact recreate out of what we once owned.

Huaxin Zhang
Huaxin Zhang
Huaxin Zhang

Both Huaxin Zhang and Moe Kim are trying to create a new kind of authenticity, Zhang extracting a kind of softness from local carpentry in textile, and Moe Kim in a more individual way with her familiarity with artificial light of the high tech world she is used to, processed in textile.

Moe Kim
Moe Kim

I didn’t visit the show with the intention to make a report about it, but the young artists made such a wonderful effort that i couldn’t resist showing you some aspects; if you want to see the real thing however, you have to hurry, as next Sunday is the last day of the show (it was opened yesterday).

Moe Kim

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to the artists and Haagse Kunstkring, Den Haag.

Bertus Pieters

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A Foreign Affair; Helena van Doeverenplantsoen 3, The Hague

Sophie Beerens

The midterm presentation by the last year’s fine arts students of the Royal Academy of Arts (KABK) in The Hague takes place this weekend (today until 6 pm.)

Sophie Beerens
Sophie Beerens

The show is in the former school where Billytown  and Stichting Ruimtevaart have settled down recently.

Miriam Schreiner
Sara Bouwens
Sara Bouwens

This is clearly a good environment for arts students to present their work.

Nils Addink
Alexander Webber
Alexander Webber

In spite of the enormous variety of voices, ideas, styles and disciplines they seem to have co-operated well in sharing the space.

Andrea Ball
Nanhee Kim
Zahar Bondar

That doesn’t mean the different spaces and rooms are ideal; especially the lighting is problematic in many places.

Zahar Bondar
Athina Yannoukaki
Athina Yannoukaki

However, as the students are still in a stage of development for their graduation show this kind of improvisatory space may work inspiring.

Søren Nellemann
Alfons Nauw
Jinbin Chen

I especially missed some performances as i always seem to be too early or too late for them, but the whole show can easily be seen in a relatively short time.

Boris Windmeijer
Boris Raugul
Boris Raugul

Quite a few works are clearly in a state of development, but then any work of art is a development, even if it looks finished.

Linhuei Chen
Linhuei Chen
Linhuei Chen

When i visited yesterday, one of my best experiences was a completely unphotographable work by Yukari Nakamichi in which the concentration of making is transferred very closely to the visitor, although i think the experience is best when entering Nakamichi’s work on your own, without company.

A Foreign Affair 25 Michelle-Ann De Coeyere
Michelle-Ann De Coeyere
Nadja Nevina Temper
Sonja Steiner

The whole show is an excellent appetiser for next year’s graduation show, and as such shouldn’t be missed.

Simon Fitskie

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Content of all photographs courtesy to the artists and the KABK, Den Haag

Bertus Pieters