We share our warmest congratulations to Ansuya Blom for being awarded the prestigious Dr. A.H. Heinekenprijs voor de Kunst 2020.
We had the joy of working with Ansuya in Autumn 2019 as part of the exhibition program Het is of de stenen spreken (silence is a commons), where a solo presentation of her work was shown in two of our four exhibition spaces. Her work, which asks for encounters of deep listening and understanding, offer us the occasion to re-account oneself in terms of modes of living, making and sharing. Important, especially in this time when humans - with their advanced skills and technologies - have not quite managed to be in peace with the earth and in the world. Ansuya’s works softly push forward modes in which we can care for ourselves and others in the forms of ongoing creating.
In Het is of de stenen spreken (silence is a commons), artists Babi Badalov, Ansuya Blom, Ama Josephine Budge and Mire Lee each shared in a solo presentation different forms of communication that transgress the norms and habits shaped by power and capital-driven media. In this context, Ansuya invited us to sense a dreamworld or a dark corner of our mind, revealing the consequences of putting words to what we cannot describe yet, those things irresistibly happening on our “insides.”
The Dr. A.H. Heinekenprijs voor de Kunst is the largest visual art prize in the Netherlands, awarded biannually since 1988, bestowed by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). In 2014 the Casco board member Wendelien van Oldenborgh received the award.
Read more about the nomination and the award here.
And about Het is of de stenen spreken (silence is a commons) here.