Stroom Invest Week 2021

27 September - 1 October 2021
Stroom Den Haag, Hogewal 1-9, The Hague
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The annual Stroom Invest Week is an inspiring program for young talented Hague artists and visiting art professionals, linked to the PRO Invest grant.
This grant provides a constructive contribution to the professional development of the artists.
The goal of the Stroom Invest Week is to:
(a) offer talented artists high-quality reflection and constructive criticism of their work
(b) contribute to strengthening and broadening their networks and contacts
(c) introduce visiting professional artists and curators to the international Hague arts scene and artistic climate through informal visits to various art institutions.

The artists participating in the Invest Week 2021 received a  PRO Invest grant in 2020. They are (in alphabetical order):

Maarten Brijker
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Victoria Douka-Doukopoulou
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Daniele Formica
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Martin Gabriel
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Gijsje Heemskerk
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Jesus Canuto Iglesias
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Katerina Konarovská
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Rik Laging
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Luis Maly
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Stefano Murgia
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Tommy Smits
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Laura Snijders
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Liza Szabó
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Marnix van Uum
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Philip Vermeulen
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Charlotte van Winden
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Mickey Yang
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In alphabetical order.

Heske ten Cate
Heske ten Cate (1986) graduated BA cum laude at ArtEZ Arnhem before becoming editor-in-chief of the contemporary art magazine Mister Motley in 2013. Since 2017 she is the Artistic Director of Nest, a non-profit contemporary art space in The Hague that focuses on ascertaining and researching social phenomena that are the consequence of social-political interactions. She invites artists, guest curators, programmers, and scientists to co-create propositions for a sustainable, equal, and inspiring future. She is a member of the jury for The Royal Award for Modern Painting, co-founder and host of the feminist VPRO-podcast Naakt op een Kleedje and television program Scrollodex, a board member of Unfair Amsterdam and is on the Advisory Board of the Royal Academy of Art.
Nest is a contemporary art platform that facilitates and stimulates the artists and the artistic experiment, critical thinking, and new ways of curating. Nest believes that collaboration creates community and therefore invites a large range of different minds and voices to co-create participate in the program. Nest tries to translate the international and intellectual artistic discourse into concrete actions, for which we use a ‘learning-by-doing' approach. Through collaboration and artistic cross-pollination, Nest builds on a solid foundation in which different, complementary, contrasting and not (yet) represented artistic perspectives are shown and heard.

Bogomir Doringer
Bogomir Doringer is a Serbian / Dutch artist, researcher and curator. He is doing Artistic Research PhD at the University of Applied Arts Vienna with the ongoing research project "I Dance Alone" that observes clubbing from a birds-eye-view as a mirror or reaction to social and political changes. Investigating collective and individual dynamics of the dance floor. He established a definition of "Dance of Urgency", a dance that rises in times of personal and collective crises. Such a dance aims to empower individuals and collectives. Bogomir is curator and head of education and research at Nxt Museum in Amsterdam. He is speaking and teaching internationally. He is co-curator of Frei(T)räume - the public day of Stadt Nach Acht conference since 2014. Have been contributing to various international music festivals, club programs and institutions.

Bas van den Hurk
Artist Bas van den Hurk (1965) lives and works in Tilburg. He studied Fine Art at Academy St.Joost in Breda and Philosophy of Aesthetics at the University of Amsterdam. His work has been show extensively worldwide at, amongst others, Wendy Cooper Gallery, Chicago, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Au-tocenter, Berlin, Liste Basel, Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam and Hopstreet, Brussels. Solo exhibitions include Rod Barton, London, RH Contemporary, New York, Jerome Pauchant, Paris, Halsey McKay, East Hampton and CCA, Andratx, Spain. Group shows include: Cell Project Space, London, Temporary Gallery, Cologne, De Vleeshal, Middelburg, The Neutra Museum, Los Angeles, Thierry Goldberg, New York, Lundgren Gallery, Palma and The Colombo Biennale, Sri Lanka. In August and September 2021 he does a residency together with Jochem van Laarhoven in House van Wassenhove, part of Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, in Deurle, Belgium.
Van den Hurk teaches contemporary theory and research at the BA and MA of AKV/ St.Joost and is a regular lecturer at different academies and institutions in the Netherlands and abroad. Van den Hurk is also the co-founder and co-director of the nomadic artist platform Whatspace and curator at the Leo XIII residency program.

Sjoerd Kloosterhuis
Sjoerd Kloosterhuis is an independent curator. In the past 10 years he has made exhibitions with a wide variety of artists - national and international - ranging from young up-and-coming to renowned and established. What links the exhibitions is their recurring social theme. The emphatic presence of performance (video) installations is a second common feature. For example, in 2018 he invited Jimmy Robert to give a performance among the paintings of the Pieter-Paul Rubens exhibition at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen. Sjoerd is one of the founders of Rozenstraat - a rose is a rose is a rose. Here he is involved in policy and artistic issues as well as day-to-day management. At the Rozenstraat, in recent years he has worked on solo projects by Gerald van der Kaap, Lynn Hershman Leeson and Astrit Ismaili, among others. He is currently developing a series of new (performance) projects, with Mercedes Azpilicueta and Egle Budvytyte among others, many of which will take place in public space. In 2017-2018 he curated three group exhibitions for Garage Rotterdam that included work by Renate Lorenz & Pauline Boudry, Pallavi Paul and Jonathas de Andrade. Between 2014-2017 Sjoerd was director and co-owner of Jeanine Hofland Contemporary Art. During this period he worked intensively with artists such as Catherine Biocca, Feiko Beckers and Matea Bakula. In 2020 he was a jury member of the Volkskrant Beeldende Kunst Prijs (Volkskrant Visual Art Prize).

Inez Piso
Inez Piso is a writer and curator who graduated with a bachelor's degree in Art History from the University of Amsterdam and a Master's degree from the Universidad Autónoma Madrid. After working four years in the CA2M, Madrid, she moved to Istanbul where she participated in the IKSV Research Programme with the HüzünProject in 2018. She worked as an active member for After the Archive? an initiative that gains attention to silenced archives and questions the role of archives in the creation of public memory in Turkey. She likes to curate exhibitions in unexpected spaces, like an archival box that once belonged to Ulises Carrión: No Todo ~ Niet Alles or the public ferry that crosses the waters of Amsterdam for the Amsterdam Ferry Festival. At the end of 2021 she curates the duo show with Mirthe Berentsen and Martin La Roche at the Beautiful Distres House in Amsterdam. She will be teaching for the MA programme F for Fact at the Sandberg Institute and writes for the art magazine Mister Motley.

Tim Roerig
Tim Roerig is a curator at Z33. He studied Philosophy and Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam and worked previously as a curatorial assistant to the late curator Okwui Enwezor. Past projects include the exhibitions and catalogues: Postwar: Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945-1965, Haus der Kunst, Munich (2016) and All the World's Futures, 56th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice (2015). Recent and upcoming projects at Z33 include the exhibitions Sam Lewitt: CURE (the Work) (2020), Lives of Forms: Kamrooz Aram & Iman Issa (with Silvia Franceschini, 2021), Pejvak: If Need Be (2021), In the Eye of the Storm (2021), and Mae-ling Lokko: Grounds for Return (with Silvia Franceschini en Heleen van Loon, 2021).
Z33 is a ground-breaking arts institution in Hasselt, Belgium that works at the intersection of art, design and architecture. The house presents a conceptual and applied program, starting from social themes. In this way Z33 shows the importance of imagination and creativity today, for the society of tomorrow.

Judith Spijksma
Judith Spijksma is curator of modern and contemporary art at the Fries Museum. She is also an independent curator of Into Nature, a biennial art event in the Drenthe countryside. She is also an advisor in the field of visual arts, including to the Mondriaan Fund and the Groningen Arts Council. Previously, she was curator of modern and contemporary art at the Dordrecht Museum, where she initiated several solo exhibitions of emerging artists. After completing a BA at the Minerva Art Academy in Groningen, she graduated cum laude from the University of Groningen (Art History, MA Curatorial Studies).

Karen Verschooren
Karen Verschooren is a contemporary art curator based in Belgium. She is the  Head of Exhibitions at STUK Arts Centre, Leuven (BE) where she is responsible for the exhibitions programme including a series of solo exhibitions and ARTEFACT: a themed exhibition and festival on contemporary visual arts, current events and societal challenges. From 2008 to 2015, she worked as a curator for Z33, House for contemporary art, Hasselt (BE).
Verschooren is currently working together with Helen Cammock and Jan Duerinck on their forthcoming solo exhibitions. In the past five years, she curated solo exhibitions of a.o. Angela Washko (2021), Mircea Cantor (2020), Sebastián Díaz Morales (2019), Mika Taanila (2018), Nevin Alada? (2018),  Omer Fast (2017), Joachim Koester (2017), Emre Hüner (2016), and John Akomfrah (2016) as well as the group exhibitions Wired for Empathy (June 2021), AND& Look at Us Now (2021), Alone Together (2020), Parallel Crossings (2019), This Rare Earth - Stories from Below (2018), On Alchemy and Magic (2017), The Act of Magic (2017), and Up in the Air (2016). Verschooren is an active member of a variety of committees, juries, boards and platforms within the visual arts in the hope to contribute to a flourishing visual arts scene at home and abroad.
She holds a Master degree in Communication Sciences from the Catholic University of Leuven (2004), a Master degree in Cultural Sciences from the Free University of Brussels (2005) and a Master of Science in Comparative Media Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge USA (2007).

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Frank Koolen
Frank Koolen (1978) is a visual artist. He studied visual art at the HKU in Utrecht and was a resident at De Ateliers and the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten Amsterdam. His way of working is characterized by sudden promptings and associations related to a place, an encounter, a question or an idea, which are then translated as directly as possible into an image, installation, film, performance, audio work, or text. An ongoing and context-related search for unexpected logic and everyday magic. In recent years, Koolen has developed a versatile practice as an artist, teacher, course leader, writer and curator with a boundless playing field ranging from galleries to public space. Recently he built a temporary Karaoke Pavilion for psychiatric patients, he made an audio tour in the public spaces of Maastricht and Tilburg, created a monument for the unknown pizza courier in the Middelheim Museum in Antwerp and a permanent Monument for Future Happiness in Drachten.

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.
Florian Weigl
Florian Weigl is curator at V2_, Lab for the Unstable Media. As curator and researcher he is interested in art and contemporary technology reflecting on society, in collaboration with artists in the development of critical dialogue, artistic reflection and practice-oriented research. Working on both presenting and co-producing works and research. Alongside his work at V2_, Florian works as independent curator, guest lecturer and advisor amongst others for the Mondriaan Fund, a member of the Culture Advisory Committee Province Overijssel and Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen.
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