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[Nettime-nl] I'm Not Here at de Appel Boys' School

April 7, 2010

I'm Not Here. An Exhibition Without Francis Alÿs
de Appel Curatorial Programme 2009/2010

17 April – 6 June 2010

Opening: 16 April, 6-10p.m.

de Appel Boys' School
Eerste Jacob van Campenstraat 59
1072 BD Amsterdam

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Participating Artists:
Mounira Al Solh (LB/NL), Stefan Brüggemann(MX/UK), Vaast Colson (BE), Luisa Cunha (PT), Grier Edmundson (US), Noa Giniger (IL/NL), André Guedes (PT), Tatiana Mesa (CU), Gustav Metzger (UK), Roman Ondák (SK), Pak Sheung Chuen (HK/CN), Wilfredo Prieto (CU/ES), Ariel Schlesinger (IL/DE), David Sherry (UK)

Curated by:
Nikita, Yingqian Cai (CN), Alhena Katsof (CAN), Direlia Lazo (CU), Yael Messer (IL), Alan Quireyns (BE), Luis Silva (PT)

I'm Not Here. An Exhibition Without Francis Alÿs is an exhibition that brings together a group of 14 international artists on the invitation of the participants of the de Appel Curatorial Programme 2009/2010. The project will take place in the new exhibition space, de Appel Boys' school, and will extend into the surrounding neighbourhood with a number of performances. The title of the exhibition is inspired by the film of Todd Haynes' I'm Not There (2007), in which six actors depict different facets of Bob Dylan's life and his artistic persona while Dylan himself is absent from the film. Francis Alÿs is the absent protagonist of the exhibition. The atmosphere of Alÿs's work is implicitly present without suggesting literal illustration of his oeuvre or specific aspects of his practice. By shifting the spotlight from a well-established artist to a group of related artistic practices, the exhibition not only redistributes agency to all of the participating artists, but also engenders a critical interrogation of the format of the solo show. We invite the audience to think about Alÿs by thinking about the artists in the exhibition and to challenge the privileging of presence over absence.

Many of the works in the exhibition are minor interventions or poetic gestures, which will ultimately be "distributed" as rumours or linger as hearsay. The ephemeral idiosyncrasy and minimalist attitude of these works share a methodology similar to Alÿs's, but a deeper reading may reveal deviation, variation or even confrontation of his practice. They pose questions about whether documentary is the only valid means of reviving or representing once-only occurrences, what the real encounter with performances on a personal level or in a particular situation might be, the meaning of minor interventions in the institutional context and in the public sphere, and the limits of political efficacy when the artist presents his or her singular gestures with social meanings.

Opening Hours: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Tuesday – Sunday
Performances: David Sherry / At the opening & 17 April 12 -3 p.m.,in the neighbourhood of the Boys' School; André Guedes / Occurs throughout the exhibition; Tatiana Mesa / 17th Nov, 5 p.m. 2010 in La Habana, Cuba & Miami, US
Magazine Reading: Mounira Al Solh / 20th, 21st April & 4th, 5th
May, 12-5 p.m. (Reservation by email: reservation@deappel.nl)
Guided Tours: 3 p.m., 17th April (English); 24th April (Dutch); 1st May (Portuguese); 8th May (Hebrew); 15th May (Spanish); 22nd May (Chinese)
Sunday School: 6th June (close reading of one art work by an expert)

A catalogue will be available in the exhibition space or can be ordered via bookshop@deappel.nl from 16th April onwards and includes texts by Nikita, Yingqian Cai (CN), Emily Highfield (CAN), Direlia Lazo (CU), Yael Messer (IL), Alan Quireyns (BE), Luis Silva (PT), Jan Verwoert (DE).

This project was made possible with the support and co-operation of AFK (Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst), de Appel arts centre and SKOR (Foundation Art and Public Space);With thanks to Francis Alÿs, Raul Ortega, Leanne Dmyterko, Sophie O' Brien.

de Appel arts centre
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1001 ET Amsterdams
the Netherlands
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