In 2020 four artists have been invited by Welcome Stranger to use the facade of their own home as a meaningful space and create new work. This series of artworks in Amsterdam arose quickly, for an international project in Dakar was posponed. It felt logical and good to be present and active from our hometown Amsterdam at a time when everyone has become more tied to their home. In various places in the city, in the past months this gave rise to multifaceted reflections on publicness and privacy, on what is on the inside and on what is on the outside. In 2021 four new works of art will be added, starting on June 17th.
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Out of necessity but also very much in line with previous Welcome Stranger manifestations, the works of art occupy a liminal space: the windows and facades. From the inside of the house, these surfaces functioned as an interface that allows for the distance of contemplation of an individual’s relation to the public realm and from the outside, as a medium of self-representation. There are no visitors, only passers-by.
Soon there will be more information available here. Also follow the INSTAGRAM of Welcome Stranger for updates on the programme.
In collaboration with JAJAJANEENEENEE we made two radio broadcasts, 'the house as material' and 'poking through the window', that elaborate on the motivations behind this initiative and the work of some of the participating the artists.
Welcome Stranger is supported by Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and Mondriaan Fund.
What affects personal identity and presence in the world? Your exterior is public, what does it say about your interior? About one's own and the strange? In a house on Hann Fort B, 11 in Dakar, three artists, Laye Kâ (SEN), Gareth Nyandoro (ZWE) and Tim Breukers (NL), made an "in situ presentation" with the name Biti ak Biir, local for L'Intérieur L'Extérieur. The private location was accessible to the public in the period December 8th till January 8th 2021, simultaneously with Partcours 2020. Soon a selection of the works made in Dakar can be seen in Amsterdam. A publication is in preperation and will be launched in June 2021.
In the first months of 2020, we were not yet aware of the pandemic disaster that was approaching. While this made it a very different year than expected, it proved to be an important time for Welcome Stranger. While the project in Dakar began to unfold, a new manifestation in Amsterdam quickly arose as well. It felt logical and good to be present and active from our home in Amsterdam at a time when everyone has become more tied to their home. Four new artworks were created, and out of necessity but again very much in line with previous Welcome Stranger manifestations, they occupied a liminal space: the windows and facades.
This international project in Dakar is supported by The Cultural Participation Fund.