We are delighted to announce the second edition of the Hazenstraat Biennale, a collaboration of 5 galleries located in the Hazenstraat: Althuis Hofland, Wouter van Leeuwen, Caroline O’Breen, Stigter van Doesburg and Martin van Zomeren.
While galleries are being forced to redefine their programming and transform promotional strategies to deal with the nowadays complexities, we want to join our forces and organize two weekends of group and solo shows and give our public the opportunity to visit the galleries one by one. With this small-scale event and the spreading out of our openings, we can manage the influx of our visitors and avoid crowded venues, while we celebrate the beginning of summer and a new outlook on art.
This biennale brings together different responses of contemporary artists to these current times. Themes such as local versus global and nomadic versus domesticity are addressed in the shows.
Presentation of Hariban Award 2019 – Borders of Nothingness, On the mend
Margaret Lansink’s series Borders of Nothingness – On the Mend is about bridging the old with the new, re-connecting the global and local, and, on the personal note, about the revival of the intimate mother-daughter relationship. In 2019, this series was awarded the internationally prestigious Hariban Award from the Japanese Benrido Atelier, which remains to be one of the very last ateliers in the world that still uses the old printing technology of Collotype. Collotype is a printing process back from 1856 that allows for exceptional depth and degree of detail in the image.
In addition to a two-week residency in Kyoto, part of this prize is the execution of the artist’s prints by Master printer Osamu Yamamoto of Benrido Atelier. Thanks to the 40 years of experience of this ‘print master’, Lansink’s contemporary images of human (re-)connection are linked to unique old-school reproductions of unprecedented quality.
The series as such is an ode to the resilience of the human connection despite what might occur in time. Whilst being in the artist residence in Japan, Lansink used her camera to cope with the suspended contact with her daughter back home. After some years, when it got to be slowly restored, Lansink looked back at those images, ripped them apart and rearranged them in collages of new memories. These collages she reworked with gold leaf following the philosophy of Kintsugi, a Japanese art form in which broken ceramic pieces are reconnected together with the use of gold. Not to hide the ‘scars’, but to symbolize the power of healing.
Caroline O’Breen is exhibiting 4 of the Benrido collotypes for the first time. Complemented by the original images and gold-leaf collages, this exhibition is a celebration of the human connection.
During the Biennale the galleries will have adapted opening hours
Friday June 26, 12-6 pm
Saturday June 27, 12-6 pm
Sunday June 28, 12-6 pm
Thursday July 2nd, 12-6 pm
Friday July 3, 12-6 pm
Saturday July 4, 12-6 pm