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In den letzten Monaten hat die Portugiesische Künstlerin Natacha Martins in unseren Räumen ein zweites Zuhause gefunden. Deshalb freuen wir uns, dass sie zusammen mit befreundeten Künstler*innen eine Ausstellung in der krudebude stattfinden lässt.
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“It states a new beginning.”
Somewhere New showcases the work of five international artists, who have recently settled in Leipzig.
In a time where being rooted in a certain place is more often experienced as being “stuck” than comfortable, the artists choose to focus on the here and now; not where they’re from, not where they’ve been, but where they are right now.
Online exhibitions on screens in private interiors have become the primary setting to consume art during the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic. Somewhere New invites viewers back into the physical experience of an exhibition with people and works we can touch with our breaths in an authentic and historic Leipziger building - the Krudebude Projektwohnung.
The artists, invited by and including current krudebude resident Natacha Martins, represent an eclectic mix of new Leipzig citizens who have chosen the city as the location for a wave of fresh, strong artworks that reflect on both cultural history as well as the current circumstances.
Somewhere New explores the reflections, questions and statements of five exquisite artists from different cultural backgrounds who maintain a balance between complete immersion in their new surroundings and retention of their outsider’s perspectives.
Natacha Martins (b. 1997, Portugal) uses painting and painting environments to explore the irrational and delirium behavior of the human condition. From pure gesture to figurative distortion, her work draws upon acute observations of the sacred and the profane concepts in the contemporary scope. Her work reflects an ongoing interest in the intemporal pictorial forms of pathos and emotional communication.
Natacha holds a BA in Visual Arts - Painting from Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade do Porto (2019). She collected nominations as a Portugal Representative Artist in the Jeune Création Européenne Biennale D’Art Contemporain 2019-2021 and a nomination for the Award Artist Acquisition (2019) of the FBAUP among others.
Zara June Williams (b. 1990, Australia) recent practice combines painterly abstraction with collage. Her works explore the contrary nature of painting through material exploration and competing processes. Her painted surfaces are physical accumulations of time, capturing evidence of events both intentional and accidental. After completing a Master of Fine Arts at the National Art School in 2018, she received the NAS Lift Off Award to support her practice in 2019. Zara is due to have her debut solo exhibition at COMA Gallery, Sydney in September 2020.
Marloes Staal (b. 1991, The Netherlands) is a visual artist interested in our mental and physical relationships with the environment, rooted in ecology, anthropology and craftsmanship. She holds a BA in Fine Art (Sculpture) from 2014 at the AKI-Artez University of Arts in Enschede, and a postgraduate course in 2017 at the Academie in Rotterdam. Her sculptural work has been shown internationally in shows and art fairs and is part of both public and private collections (such as the Rabobank collection, the Overijssel collection and the V&B collection). Marloes has worked for collaborative commissions from the Dutch government, making works for public space as well as private assignments. Recent projects underline her research on residencies in Scotland, Berlin and Leipzig, for which she received a governmental stipend in 2019.
Jack Lanagan Dunbar’s (b. 1988, Australia) work explores the tension between materiality and time with an eye on history, whimsy, archaeology, the classical, Romanticism, humour and tragedy. He works across media, typically incorporating elements of drawing, painting, printing, sculpture and photography. Allowing the material to speak for itself, Lanagan Dunbar’s work evoques the conflict between the bulk of raw materials and the marks of the artists’ presence.
Jack has shown extensively in Australia and abroad, held positions at the University of Technology, Sydney, and the University of Sydney. He was distinguished in 2016 with the Redlands Art Prize and the 2019 Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship.
Ilona Rijkeboer (b. 1992, The Netherlands) is a visual and performance artist. Her recent work mainly consists of introverted drawings to define her place or state in the current situation, using her own and other’s perspectives on her physical appearance through mirrors, photographs and drawings of her by other artists. Using the language of the classical self-portrait, her individual yet relatable journey originates from and evokes questions on the self and the other, the viewer and the participant and the subjectivity of objectivity. Ilona holds a BA in Fine Art (Painting) at LUCA School of Arts in Ghent (Belgium) during which she attended a semester at the Edinburgh School of Arts.