Autumn exhibitions, opening

Opening Saturday, 6 November 2021, 11:00–18:00
on view through 20 January 2022
Casco Art Institute (Lange Nieuwstraat 7, 3512 PA Utrecht) and the Travelling Farm Museum depot (Winkelcentrum Leidsche Rijn Centrum, Hof van Bern 33, 3541 DD Utrecht) 
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We invite you to celebrate together the opening of four shows at our headquarters plus the depot of the Travelling Farm Museum on Saturday 6 November 2021 by: 

Family Connection’s Den tur circumstancia nos lo sigi move (Under all circumstances we will continue to move) 
Ola Hassanain’s Workable Geographies
Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide)’s The Mother Mountain Institute
Mariëlle Videler’s 365 PLANTS [at the depot of Travelling Farm Museum of Forgotten Skills]

Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons is pleased to present four shows in parallel, each by artists/artist collectives Family Connection, Ola Hassanain, Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide), and Mariëlle Videler in partnership with Hartwig Art Production | Collection Fund 2020/2021. Casco has held a long-term dialogical relationship with most of these artists, and we are glad that they have become part of the 15 selected artists for the first edition of The Hartwig Art Production | Collection Fund, 2020/2021; and that we have an opportunity to show their works. Each exhibition will inspire the viewers to reflect on forms of relationship and togetherness in different scales and levels; two exhibitions are making a special connection with Utrecht. It’s also our pleasure to inform you that the works to be shown will be purchased and donated to the Dutch national art collection, the Rijkscollectie, by Hartwig Art Foundation.

On Saturday 6 November 2021 from 11:00–18.00, we celebrate the opening of these shows with casual, impromptu artist talks and music. Visitors will be divided among two Covid-19 safe(r) timeslots of the day. Details on the opening program to be announced on this page.

Over the coming weeks we will announce the four separate projects of the artists – which we will link here and are to be found on our Explore page. Moreover, we will announce several adhering activities over time with NGT sign language and curator tours, performances, and more.

Casco Art Institute’s headquarters:

Family Connection – Den tur circumstancia nos lo sigi move (Under all circumstances we will continue to move)

Family Connection is an artist collective based in both Curaçao and The Netherlands formed through kinship and beyond, including Quinsy Gario who studied in Utrecht and has been active both in the fields of art and politics. Their collective exhibition entitled Den tur circumstancia nos lo sigi move (Under all circumstances we will continue to move) departs from a video report made by Rudsel Martinus of the Antilliaanse Carnival held in Utrecht in 1983. The family of artists bring together vibrant, mixed-media artworks (in this instance, by Rudsel Martinus, Glenda Martinus, Gala Martinus, Quinsy Gario, Jörgen Gario, Caldron Lewis & Whitney Lewis), enacting Carnival and offering the possibility to experience and examine together its legacy as a signature of Afro-Curaçao identity and collectivity in the Netherlands.

Ola Hassanain – Workable Geographies

Ola Hassanain has been based in Utrecht since she left Sudan, her home country, for her graduate study in the city. Even with geographic distance, Hassanain has been keenly observing and engaging with the ongoing social and political shifts in Sudan, situating her observation in other political contexts and exchanging them with other artists and other critical practitioners in the Netherlands as well as internationally. With her background in architecture, Hassanain takes spatial analysis as the basic framework for her work to eventually unfold in sculptural installations, performances and video essays. Workable Geographies is part of her long-term project which explores the complex and dynamic relationships to land in the urban center of Khartoum, the capital city of Sudan, during a time of social and political transition. It shows a global pattern of the ongoing privatization of land and alienation of human relationships through the property regime. For the works in the exhibition, she collaborated closely with Khartoum-based research studio Urban Episode, among others, to gather data and information from governmental agencies.

Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide) –The Mother Mountain Institute

The Mother Mountain Institute by the renown Dutch artist of South Korean origin Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide) is the artist’s ongoing artwork/artistic research project, which finds its second presentation in Utrecht after a presentation at BAK, basis voor actuele kunst with MA HKU in 2017. The work takes the form of a room-size multi-media installation and presents two stories of mothers from South Korea and Bangladesh, whose children were stolen and trafficked for transnational and transracial adoption. It invites us to enter, listen, and honor the erased stories of the mothers while being accompanied by the spiritual presence of the mountain as the ultimate protector. The Mother Mountain Institute is one of Chang’s works that epitomizes her practice, which also poses challenging questions on the position and power of art in challenging existing institutions and its system. 

Casco at the TFM depot in Leidsche Rijn Centrum:

Mariëlle Videler – 365 PLANTS

Dutch artist Mariëlle Videler presents 365 PLANTS, an artwork that is part of an ongoing project that consists also of 365 BIRDS / 365 PLANTS / 365 INSECTS. 365 PLANTS is the outcome of a year-long collection of intricate, almost extraterrestrial plants that Videler created not by looking or thinking of a plant, but by using small scissors and black ink to slowly sense the plant. The fragile paper plants seem to float around a large wall that cuts through the bare grey space, engaging playfully with the situatedness of the TFM depot in Leidsche Rijn Centrum. By creating every day and by using direct and elementary techniques such as drawing, cutting, and ink-washing, Videler wants to reconstruct the senses. She shares an imaginary post-human reality with the visitors with the aim of strengthening the relationship with the world around us.

The presentation of 365 PLANTS in Leidsche Rijn Centrum is a collaboration with Travelling Farm Museum, a repository of knowledge and skills for ecological and resilient living, and embraces the cyborgian nature of exhibiting within the Leidsche Rijn mall that exists on top of rich agricultural heritage. 

About our partner:

The Hartwig Art Production | Collection Fund was established in 2020 and is part of the Hartwig Art Foundation.

The Hartwig Art Production | Collection Fund stimulates experimentation and creativity at the highest level. Every year the fund supports a group of artists in the creation of new and ambitious work. The artworks are eventually bought by the Hartwig Art Foundation and donated to the Dutch State (Collectie Nederland). In this way, the fund makes a lasting social contribution.

For the Special Project 2020/2021 collaborations have been established with presentation institutions in the Netherlands. Besides Casco Art Institute (Utrecht) presentations by a total of 15 artists can be seen at Stroom Den Haag (Den Haag), Oude Kerk (Amsterdam), Vleeshal (Middelburg) and Kunstinstituut Melly (Rotterdam). Hartwig Art Production | Collection Fund 2020/2021 at large is curated by Sharmyn Cruz Rivera, Iris Ferrer, Aude Christel Mgba, Jo-Lene Ong, and Rita Ouédraogo. Find more information at: www.hartwigartfoundation.nl

6 November 2021
Casco HQ, Leidsche Rijn

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