Rob Voerman - 'the Exchange' - photo: Maurice Boyer

2016

Curator: ruangrupa (Indonesia) - transACTION

Sonsbeek 2016 ‘transACTION’, by collective ruangrupa (Jakarta, Indonesia) was characterized by engagement with the city and interaction with residents, initiatives, and visitors. This started a year earlier with the opening of the 'ruru house' in an empty shop in the centre of Arnhem where many different activities took place such as lectures and cooking workshops. In addition, visitors were invited with 'open calls' to actually use the works in the Sonsbeek park; to celebrate their birthday, to perform etc. Artistic interventions were realised at three locations: in Sonsbeek park, Museum Arnhem and Arnhem City. 45 artists from 22 countries realised 17 installations in the park; 7 murals, 4 installations and 1 parade in the centre; 1 installation in Museum Bronbeek, an exhibition in Museum Arnhem (transHISTORY: this is my truth, tell me yours) and performances. In addition, there were close collaborations with Arnhem initiatives such as De Nieuwe Oost, Focus Filmtheater, Motel Spatie and Code Rood, and collaboration with ArtEZ and DAi, a symposium and an editorial program. The edition was a success with praising reviews in the (inter)national press and over 100,000 visitors.

Artists:
In the park: Alphons ter Avest, Jan Rothuizen, KUNSTrePUBLIK, Rob Voerman, Maze de Boer, Slavs and Tartars, Rossella Biscotti, Cinema Caravan, City of the Children, Shilpa Gupta, Folkert de Jong, Kevin van Braak, Richard Bell, Louie Cordero, Eko Prawoto, Reinaart Vanhoe en Jatiwangi Art Factory.

In the city: Michael Blum, Marishka Soekarna (mural), Sebastián Diaz Morales, Mark Salvatus, Nnamari (mural), Naamloozz (mural), Iswanto Hartono, Sivanski (murals), Fintan Magee (mural) and Cut and Rescue. Cooperations: Mixrice, & Galerie De Vijf Ramen, Cráter Invertido & Motel Spatie, Contact Gonzo & Arnhemse Meisjes/Nieuwe Oost, Arkipel & Focus Filmtheater, Tranzitdisplay & Code Rood, CAMP & Arnhem voor Vluchtelingen.

In Museum Arnhem: Otobong Nkaga, Charles Lim, Zbigniew Libera, Marco Paulo Rolla, Tiffany Chung, Jean-Gabriel Périot, Roy Villevoy & Jan Dietvorst, Agung Kurniawan, Tayeba Begum Lipi en Eva Kot’átková. In Museum Bronbeek: Juul Sadée.

Alphons ter Avest - Bakehouse - photo: Maurice Boyer

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Sivanski - mural - photo: Maurice Boyer

In Museum Arnhem the exhibition transHISTORY - this is my truth, tell me yours casted a different light on official, authorized history. Artists: Otobong Nkaga, Charles Lim, Zbigniew Libera, Marco Paulo Rolla, Tiffany Chung, Jean-Gabriel Périot, Roy Villevoy & Jan Dietvorst, Agung Kurniawan, Tayeba Begum Lipi and Eva Kotátková. Museum Bronbeek also hosted a work from Juul Sadée on this subject. A symposium and an editorial programme with cahiers, workshops, excursions and radio broadcasts completed the exhibition.  Art academy ArtEZ and Dai (Dutch Art Institute) were closely involved. SONSBEEK ‘16 received many praising reviews in the (inter)national press and over 100,000 visits.

Zbigniew Libera - Mother, 2007-2012 African tales by Shakespeare, 2011 First day of freedom, 2012
History lesson, 2012, Sensitive  police officer, 2012 - photo: Maurice Boyer