N° 4 2007
01/08/07 Bregje van Woensel
The numbers are impressive. Some clips get downloaded from YouTube over a million times. Activist video clips by young Dutch-Moroccan rappers like Appa, Kempi and Salah Edin hit the right note for a broad group of supporters. Artistically, not all of it is equally fascinating, but the message is clear as a bell.
01/08/07 Lotte Haagsma
There is nothing new about art going into the neighbourhood. In the 1990s, especially, it was common for artists to seek contact with the residents of the neighbourhoods in which they lived, in an effort to make a form of art that had direct sociocultural implications. This tendency seemed to be somewhat on the decline, but is now undergoing a striking revival in response to political influences.
01/08/07 Maxine Kopsa
He has lived and worked in Amsterdam’s Zuidoost district for years, speaks the language, listens to the music, organizes parties and exhibitions, and recently even opened up his own gallery, called ‘Fuck’. Jonas Ohlsson is an ‘art honky’ who has found his niche in the black ghetto.
01/08/07 Sjoukje van der Meulen & Max Bruinsma
The documenta is the clear winner of the Grand Tour this summer. Although much fault can be found with this exhibition, the documenta has reconfirmed its reputation as an independently operating artistic institute that, unhindered by the art market or art tourism, makes an argued statement about the state of affairs in international art.