As a gallery, we have been thinking from the beginning about how we can increase diversity in the Amsterdam art world. Inspired by the Italian collector Valeria Napoleone, who calls for the purchase of women's work, we present a show with four female artists we believe in.
Photographer Cleo Goossens creates nostalgic images in which nature is central. As a whole, they form carefully constructed starting points for stories where you fill in the meaning for yourself. Her work is presented together with the photographs of Iris Haverkamp Begemann, who seeks her subjects in society. In her work she investigates prejudices. The exhibition also shows the series ‘Pink Tracks in a Dusty Land’, about a group of female truck drivers who drive through the Australian outback in pink trucks which are up to fifty metres in length.
The art world is still a boys' club. And the art market, which is mainly focused on making quick money, is participating hard in that discrimination.
Valeria Napoleone, NRC, 6 February 2019
For the first time we are showing the work of Mai van Oers. The exhibition shows paintings made over a period of more than twenty years. Her paintings are worlds in themselves, at the same time recognizable and alienating. They balance on a thin line between figuration and abstraction.
In the exhibition we also present spatial work for the first time. Dagmar Stap uses various embroidery techniques to create sculptures of packaging, such as a packet of instant noodles or a can of coconut milk. In this way she plays with definitions of the precious and the worthless, of waste and art.