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

© Villa Next Door 2018

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

Bertus Pieters

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