Stroom Invest Week 2020

21 - 25 september 2020
Stroom Den Haag, Hogewal 1-9, The Hague
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The PRO Invest grant supports young artists who recently graduated from the art academy. The grant enables artists to develop their work, among other things through their active involvement in The Hague's art world. The annual Stroom Invest Week offers of a program of studio visits, a public evening of talks, visits to places for contemporary art in The Hague and a number of informal meetings. The goal of the Invest program is to stimulate their artistic practice by reflecting on the work and giving the artists the opportunity to build a national and international network.

Interviews on Jegens & Tevens
The curators, critics and artists participating in the Stroom Invest Week 2019 will be featured on art blog Jegens & Tevens. Click on the titles in the lists of Participating Artists and Participating Curators and Critics below to read the interviews.

The artists participating in this year's Invest Week received a  PRO Invest (or Premium) grant in 2019 (in alphabetical order).

Alex Andropoulos
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Jegens & Tevens, 21 August 2020
>> Stroom Invest interview / artist Alex Andropoulos

Eline Benjaminsen
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Kim David Bots
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Márton Kabai
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Jegens & Tevens, 28 July 2020
>> Stroom Invest Interviews / artist Márton Kabai

Minsook Kang
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Jegens & Tevens, 16 June 2020
>>Stroom Invest Interviews / artist Minsook Kang

Brigitte Louter
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Alexandra Martens Serrano
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Jeannette Slütter
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Jegens & Tevens, 12 August 2020
>> Stroom Invest interviews / artist Jeannette Slütter

Gabey Tjon a Tham
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Jegens & Tevens, 22 June 2020
>> Stroom Invest Interviews / artist Gabey Tjon a Tham


(in alphabetical order)

Youri Appelo
Jegens & Tevens, 3 September 2020
>> Stroom Invest interviews / curator Youri Appelo
Youri Appelo (1991, NL) is a curator, advisor and mediator based in Arnhem, the Netherlands. With a background in Arts Education (BA) and Museology (MA) his curatorial endeavours deal with a wide-span of activities, formats and subjects. He engages with subjects within ecological, economic, social and political domains, whereby he pursuits open questions about how we could shape our (possible) futures. With an interest for artistic practices that translate complex notions into poetical, investigative, discursive and critical works of art, Appelo aims to bring these works to the forefront and with that examines the value of art for our contemporary societies. He currently is artistic director and curator for Expoplu in Nijmegen, he works as advisor for the Mondriaan Fund, he is a member of the program committee of VHDG and board member of RUIS. Appelo was also former curator-in-residency of Schloss Ringenberg and curator of The Day of the Young Artist 2018.

Melchior Jaspers
Jegens & Tevens, 14 September 2020
>> Stroom Invest interview / curator Melchior Jaspers
Melchior Jaspers (1987) studied Art History (MA) and Business Administration (MA). He now works as an independent exhibition curator and as an art consultant for the Rijksbouwmeester (Floris Alkemade). In that capacity, he advises on the implementation of art in buildings of the Dutch government. He supervises the artist from the commissioning phase to the completion of the work of art. The percent-for-art regulation has existed for a very long time and is a great opportunity for artists to create a large work of art in (semi) public space. Artists who will soon be completing work include: Anne de Vries, Kasper Bosmans and Nicole Eisenman. Recent artists on the longlist include Francis Upritchard, Lubaina Himid and Ibrahim Mahama. In 2019 he curated exhibitions at W139 in Amsterdam with a.o. Thomas Hirschhorn, Meschac Gaba and Aernout Mik and (with Julia Mullié) at Nest in The Hague featuring Wim T. Schippers and Daniel van Straalen. Early 2020 he organized an exhibition with Dan Zhu, Sarah Ksieska, Anne Fellner and Zofia Paluchaat at Galerie Tobias Naehring in Leipzig. At the moment he is preparing two exhibitions for the C.o.C.A. commission in Rotterdam, and a show in Kunstfort Vijfhuizen with Carel Visser and Agata Ingarden. He is also preparing group exhibitions at Galerie Tobias Naehring and at Fragile, both in Berlin.

Nomaduma Rosa Masilela
Jegens & Tevens, 18 September 2020
>> Stroom Invest interviews / curator Nomaduma Masilela
Nomaduma Rosa Masilela is an artist, writer, and curator currently based in Berlin. Her work and interests center around collective work and strategy; public and performance art; ideas of the uncanny, the absurd, the dissonant; and the ambivalent natures of authenticity, history, and identity production. She holds a master's in art history and philosophy from Columbia University in New York City. Previous years of research focused on collective and performance art practices in Dakar, Senegal, and her writing and curatorial practice have generally worked in service of critically supporting the work of queer and femme-identifying artists from the Global South and its diasporas. She has written essays for various exhibition catalogues and publications, including but not limited to: Blackness at MoMA (US, 2019), We don't need another hero (DE, 2018), Portia Zvavahera: I'm with You (ZA, 2017), as well as for publications for the Studio Museum in Harlem (USA), amongst others. Her curatorial practice includes exhibitions and projects with the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam (NL), the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and The Kitchen in New York, as well as contributions as co-curator of the 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, titled We don't need another hero (2018).

Fadwa Naamna
Jegens & Tevens, 7 September 2020
>> Stroom Invest interviews / curator Fadwa Naamna
Fadwa Naamna (1985, Palestine) is a curator and researcher based in Amsterdam. She has a background in arts, geography and curatorial studies. Her practice is concerned with the intersectional relations between art, politics and society. Naamna is an alumna of de Appel Curatorial Program (2016-2017) and she worked as a Curatorial Research Fellow at de Appel (2017-2018). Previously, she was an Assistant Curator at Beit Hagefen Arab Jewish Cultural Center in Haifa (2014-2016). Currently, Naamna is working on co-curating the next Municipal Art Acquisitions Exhibition 2020 at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

Navid Nuur
Jegens & Tevens, 11 September 2020
>> Stroom Invest interview / artist Navid Nuur
Navid Nuur (Tehran, 1976) lives and works in The Hague. He started out as a graphic designer and illustrator, next he chose a career as an autonomous visual artist and gained international renown with exhibitions in leading galleries and art institutes all over the world. His work is included in many important international collections. Stroom Den Haag has supported the artist from the very early days of his career, both with grants and presentations. Solo exhibitions by Navid Nuur were shown at a.o.: art center Matadero, Madrid; Parasol, London; and Centre Pompidou, Paris. In 2010 he was the winner of the prestigious Volkskrant Beeldende Kunst Prijs; in 2011 he was one of the winners of the Koninklijke Prijs voor Vrije Schilderkunst and in 2013 he received the Discoveries Prize of the pilot edition of Art Basel Hong Kong.

Margarita Osipian
Jegens & Tevens, 16 July 2020
>> Stroom Invest interviews / curator Margarita Osipian
Margarita Osipian is a curator, researcher, and writer living and working in Amsterdam. Engaging with the intersections and frictions between art, design, technology, and language, she organizes collaborative projects both in formal institutions and in more precarious and fleeting spaces. Holding an MA in Media Studies from the University of Amsterdam and an MA in English Literature from the University of Toronto, her research has focused on visual culture, technology, and the carceral state. Margarita is part of The Hmm, a platform for internet cultures; a member of the Hackers & Designers collective; and an editor and curator for Versal, an art and literature journal based out of Amsterdam. She has done programming and curated exhibitions for W139, Salwa Foundation, TodaysArt, Bits of Freedom, Tetem, Hackers & Designers, and Mediamatic, amongst others.

Sona Stepanyan
Jegens & Tevens, 6 July 2020
>> Stroom Invest interviews / curator Sona Stepanyan
Sona Stepanyan (b. 1987, Armenia) is an independent curator, based in Moscow. She graduated from Svobodnie Masterskie Curatorial School (Moscow), Critics and Curatorship program of UNIC Institute (Moscow) and State Moscow Pedagogical University. She is also a member and co-founder of DIY Curatorial Studio Triangle, which focuses on supporting emerging professionals. From 2016 to 2018 Stepanyan held a position of Curator in Armenia Art Foundation. Previously, she worked at the Education Department of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow, where she managed public programs for exhibitions, international conferences, and seminars, as well as music festivals, lectures, and talks. Sona is a 2017 finalist of the 9th edition of Premio di Lorenzo Bonaldi per L'Arte, organized by GAMeC Museum, Bergamo and has successfully participated in a young curators' competition by EUNIC and British Council (2015) and young curators' competition by Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (2014).

Rieke Vos
Jegens & Tevens, 16 September 2020
>> Stroom Invest interviews / curator Rieke Vos
Rieke Vos (1981, Arnhem) is curator and writer based in Amsterdam and works in a cross-disciplinary field of art, popular culture, architecture and urban life. She is a curator for Het HEM, a recently opened home for contemporary culture in Zaandam where she developed three mayor exhibitions in conversation with respectively Edson Sabajo & Guilleaume ‘Gee' Schmidt, Nicolás Jaar and Maarten Spruyt. She is currently curator of ALL INN, a national fine arts graduation show that will take place in November of this year also at Het HEM. In her previous position as curator at the former NDSM shipyard, a 16 hectares post-industrial site in the north of Amsterdam, she commissioned and developed a series of large-scale art projects in response to the rapid urban transformation and gentrification of this area, including The After Glow III by Navid Nuur, Ferrotopia by Atelier van Lieshout, Void-Non-Void by Gabriel Lester and the inauguration of the conceptual club Societeit Sexyland by Aukje Dekker & Arthur van Beek. Vos was a participant of De Appel Curatorial Programme 2010-2011, and holds a master-degree in Art History from the University of Amsterdam.

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