A few weeks ago, an article on a local newspaper highlighted the lack of exhibition spaces in Maastricht. This has been affecting artists in the city for a long time. For this reason, we are very happy to announce a new project that gives the artists from Maastricht the chance to exhibit in the heart of the city, at De Meldkamer, a location that is visible 24/7.
“Art through the window” exhibition series initiated by The Artist and the Others aims to provide space for the emerging talents working in the city of Maastricht while promoting the creation of Fair Art Practises within the artistic field. At the same time, this project gives the opportunity to young curators to develop their experimental and curatorial ideas, while connecting and visiting artists in their Maastricht’s studio.
For each exhibition, the artists created limited edition prints that you can purchase in our shop.
The Project is supported by the Municipality of Maastricht.
NO MAN`S LAND, April, 2022
Curated by Linda Köke, No man’s Land presents the works of Floor Martens, Pleun Moons, Karin Peulen and Sanne Vaassen, artists from the same geographical region who come together to question the appropriation of places.
Can we claim incomprehensible things, like the surface of the skin, the waves of the sea or the soil of the land? Are these even ours to claim, or do they belong to no one? And what does it mean that people want to claim spaces for their own?
Set in an historical time where the appropriation of land is eerily topical, this exhibition combines the poetical and the critical, the concrete and the elusive. By layering images, focusing on transformation and storytelling, we raise questions about ownership, nationalism and restrictions.
The exhibition takes the practical aspects of the Meldkamer as its guidelines, reflecting on the restrictions of ‘claiming this space’ and making it our own too.
“THINK AGAIN”, June, 2022
Curated by Riet Meeus, Think Again was developed as a dialogue between artists and curator. The starting point of this conversation was the materiality, physicality and the context of each artists’ work, opening up new ways of seeing and interpreting one another’s artistic practice.
The title of the exhibition is taken from the homonymous book by Adam Grant. In his book, organizational psychologist Adam Grant defines the art of rethinking, learning to question your opinions and open people’s eyes to new perspectives. Different factors influence the way we see and experience things and, since these are subject to constant fluctuation, our perception can change.
‘Think Again’ started by showing the works of two artists, Jules Coumans, Famke Storms, each of them invited another artist to dialogue with their work. During the course of the exhibition Dirk Bours & Nieke Lemmens added their own works and their own point of view to the display, influencing the exhibition as a whole. In this way, the display developed over the course of the exhibition, constantly challenging our point of view.
” SOMETHING IS NOT QUITE RIGHT”, July, 2022
Curated by Ana Sous, the exhibition features the work of Amber Lalieu, Flora Lemmens, Joep Caenen & Marie Claire Krell.
The exhibition draws connections between global situations, politics and personal experiences, and how these levels can come together in shaping the way we perceive the world. It showcases works by artists who explore the relationship between the different ways in which we can perceive of the world. It circles around the sensation that ‘something is not quite right’, that there are other realities that may or may not be as true as the individual experience that each of us experiences.