Ondertussen: Alexandra Martens Serrano

1 September - 28 October 2018
Location: Hogewal 1-9, The Hague
Open: Monday - Friday: 11-17 hrs; Saturday and Sunday: 12-17 hrs


In May 2018 Alexandra Martens Serrano had a one-month residency period at Deltaworkers in New Orleans (USA), a nomadic space initiated and run by Dutch curator Maaike Gouwenberg and curator/artist Joris Lindhout. Within this residency her artistic research focused on the concept of ‘domesticated objects': objects/images which are physically and mentally reclaimed and disciplined to perform in new ways through long term relationships with humans. The research and newly produced work reflected on the possibilities of artefacts to become vessels of information and knowledge beyond human authority. Ideas belonging to ‘non-rational' systems of thought were explored in relation to the unique colonized history of New Orleans, and its current mixture of cultures and languages. The research took place within Alexandra Martens Serrano's underlying interest in the ways in which forms of communication, knowledge and belief systems develop and manifest through cultures.

This exploration taps into Martens Serrano's long term collaborative project Dragged Ways of Knowledge with Finnish curator Jussi Koitela in which they attempt to generate the conditions to exhibit and discuss artworks which are not dependent on conventional scientific and human models of information exchange and understanding.

In Ondertussen Martens Serrano presents a series of works, consisting of images, sculptures, word plays and objects. They are the result of her residency at Deltaworkers and a research journey that she made earlier in 2018 through El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico.

In 2018 Alexandra Martens Serrano received a PRO research grant for her working period at Deltaworkers.

LINKS
www.alexandramartens.nl

Ondertussen
The Ondertussen space links Stroom's exhibition program to its enabling policy for artists. This policy aims to strengthen and improve the visibility of The Hague's artistic climate. Presentations in Ondertussen are usually the result of subsidies provided by Stroom, but can also show the results of mediation by Stroom or of other stimulating activities. The presentations are intended to illustrate the diversity of the grant applications and the positive effect of our enabling policy for artists. The presentations can vary from (interim) reports of (research) projects and residencies to network presentations. The Ondertussen presentation is the responsibility of the applicant.

Archive Ondertussen presentations

Ondertussen: Alexandra Martens Serrano
photo: Myung Feyen, courtesy Stroom Den Haag
Ondertussen: Alexandra Martens Serrano
photo: Myung Feyen, courtesy Stroom Den Haag
Ondertussen: Alexandra Martens Serrano
photo: Myung Feyen, courtesy Stroom Den Haag
Ondertussen: Alexandra Martens Serrano
photo: Myung Feyen, courtesy Stroom Den Haag
Ondertussen: Alexandra Martens Serrano
photo: Myung Feyen, courtesy Stroom Den Haag
Ondertussen: Alexandra Martens Serrano
photo: Myung Feyen, courtesy Stroom Den Haag