Afra Eisma and Paul de Jong

13 May - 26 July 2019
Location: Hogewal 1-9, The Hague
Open: Monday to Friday: 11-17 hrs; Saturday and Sunday: 12-17 hrs

Closed: 30 May (Ascension Day); 9 and 10 June (Pentecost)

Now on view in the former Ondertussen space in Stroom: a joint presentation by Afra Eisma and Paul de Jong that will evolve over time. It takes place in concurrence with the Invest Week (17 to 21 June 2019), in which both artists participate. The Invest Week is an intensive program of a.o. studio visits by foreign curators for artists from The Hague who received the Invest or Premium subsidy in the previous year.

Afra Eisma and Paul de Jong have joined forces for the occasion, at the invitation of Stroom. However, they will work within separate frameworks. The working method is open and experimental, focused on exchange and interaction. It is not based on a clearly defined plan. The focus is more on the creative process, the cooperation and the choices that are made.

Both artists will meet in the Ondertussen space on a weekly basis to see what the next step might be. It is therefore a presentation that can unfold further, and in which the space becomes a place for production, research and experimentation.

With their presentation Afra Eisma and Paul de Jong usher in a new phase of former Ondertussen presentations, the program that took place here until recently with the aim of highlighting the wealth of ideas and the scope of Stroom's subsidy scheme.

The artists' approach is in line with Stroom's wish and need to review its own activities, based on the notion that the introduction of new working methods may lead to new insights and experiences that are enriching for all parties involved.

For the upcoming presentations in this space, we have done away with a number of conditions and frameworks that were so self-evident and offered a clear structure. A presentation does not necessarily have to be linked to one specific space, one project, one applicant, one defined period of time. We abandon the idea that a presentation has to report, look back or justify something. Instead, we opt for a period of trying out, doing and thinking, action and reflection.


Archive Ondertussen presentations (2007-2018)

Afra Eisma and Paul de Jong
photo: Myung Feyen, courtesy Stroom Den Haag
Afra Eisma and Paul de Jong
photo: Myung Feyen, courtesy Stroom Den Haag
Afra Eisma and Paul de Jong
photo: Myung Feyen, courtesy Stroom Den Haag
Afra Eisma and Paul de Jong
photo: Myung Feyen, courtesy Stroom Den Haag
Afra Eisma and Paul de Jong
photo: Myung Feyen, courtesy Stroom Den Haag
Afra Eisma and Paul de Jong
photo: Myung Feyen, courtesy Stroom Den Haag
Afra Eisma and Paul de Jong
photo: Myung Feyen, courtesy Stroom Den Haag
Afra Eisma and Paul de Jong
photo: Myung Feyen, courtesy Stroom Den Haag
Afra Eisma and Paul de Jong
photo: Myung Feyen, courtesy Stroom Den Haag