Stroom Invest Week 2020

21 - 25 september 2020
Stroom Den Haag, Hogewal 1-9, The Hague

Public evening Invest Week 2020
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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 artistisc 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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Eline Benjaminsen
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Kim David Bots
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Márton Kabai
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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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Gabey Tjon a Tham
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Jegens & Tevens, 22 June 2020
>> Stroom Invest Interviews / artist Gabey Tjon a Tham


(in alphabetical order)
More names will be announced soon.

João Laia*
(Disclaimer: under the condition that he is able to travel during the Covid-19 pandemic)
João Laia (b. 1981, Portugal) is a curator and writer with a background in social sciences, film theory and contemporary art. He is the chief curator of exhibitions at Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland (since June 2019). His projects explore the embedded relations between philosophy, representation, society and technology. He contributes regularly to leading European art publications such as frieze and Mousse. In recent years he has worked on exhibition projects and in expert positions in Brazil, Britain, Italy, Lithuania, Portugal, Russia, Spain and Sweden. João Laia holds an MA in Film Studies from King's College, London (2010), and an MA in Film Curating from the London Consortium (2011). During 2012-13, he completed the post-graduate research program CuratorLab at Konstfack, Stockholm, followed in 2014 by the curatorial residency program of Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin.

Nomaduma Rosa Masilela
Nomaduma Masilela (raised in Lódz and Los Angeles, and now based in Berlin) is an artist, curator, and writer. Masilela's art interests converge around ideas of the uncanny, the absurd, and the dissonant; collective work and strategy; and the ambivalent natures of authenticity, history and identity production. Most recently, she curated the 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art with Gabi Ngcobo, Serubiri Moses, Thiago de Paula Souza, and Yvette Mutumba, for which she also produced an artists book titled Strange Attractors. She is currently based in Europe and is working on projects there.

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
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
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).

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