Soul fire energy at Supreme Exodus - Framer Framed  by Antonio Jose Guzman

Thanks to the Supreme Crew and the Exodus Procession goers - It was amazing!- The Supreme Exodus - From Masquerades to Cultural Resistance at Framer Framed, Amsterdam - A project by Antonio Jose Guzman In collaboration with Iva Jankovic. DNA Spatial Sonic Structures, Genetic Textiles and Body Movements. #climatechange #migration #procession #decolonization #humanrights #framerframed #decolonize

Based on a series of performances at Detras Del Muro, 13th Havana Biennial, Cuba 2019 - Curated by Juanito Delgado & Loliett Marrero Delachaux and 22th Bienal de Arte Paiz, Guatemala - 2020 Curated by Alexia Tala and Gabriel Rodríguez.

Textiles and Accessories in partnership with Minerva Art Academy and Frank Mohr Institute (Hanze University of Applied Sciences) - Groningen, The Netherlands. 
Customs collaborators: Design: Iva Jankovic - Dedicated to the loving memory of Journalist and arts curator Alanna Lockward.

With the generous support of Mondriaan Fonds - Photos by Marlise Steeman Fotografie

There was soul fire energy at Framer Framed Opening: Opening: Framer Framed & Elsewheres Within Here Mucho ache!! The Orishas, Sun Ra Arkestra and the great Hélio Oiticica’s Parangoles accompanied us! Big shout outs to all the people who was part of this intergalactic journey. 

The Supreme Exodus - From Masquerades to Cultural Resistance /// Havana Biennial - Paiz Art Biennial - Framer Framed - Groninger Museum - Minerva Art Academy.

In collaboration with Iva Jankovic, Detras del Muro, The Wifredo Lam Center of Contemporary Art, Curators Juanito Delgado, Loliet Marrero Delachaux, Alexia Tala and Gabriel Rodríguez, Fundacion Paiz, NG Art Gallery Panama, Minerva Art Academy and Framer Framed's: Josien Pieterse, Cas Bool & Yvonique Wellen.

The Supreme Exodus is an ongoing project that explores the creation of hybridized African textiles and costumes, researching on the history of the African, Asian textile trade in the Americas and their relation with Afro Latinamerican Yoruban traditions.

Featuring: Transillumination #1 - A DNA sequencing orchestration. Music for piano, brass, strings, voices, percussion, mallet instruments and barrel organ. Composed by Antonio Jose Guzman. Created using DNA sequencing into a perforated cardboard book for Barrel Organ.

Photos: Jenny Sanchez - Shaldrian Gomez - Iva Jankovic & Friends

This project was made possible by the generous support of the Mondriaan Fund

The Supreme Exodus - From Masquerades to Cultural Resistance - Framer Framed, Amsterdam - A project by Antonio Jose Guzman In collaboration with Iva Jankovic. DNA Spatial Sonic Structures, Genetic Textiles and Body Movements. #climatechange #migration #procession #decolonization #humanrights #framerframed #decolonize

Based on a series of performances at Detras Del Muro, 13th Havana Biennial, Cuba 2019 - Curated by Juanito Delgado & Loliett Marrero Delachaux and 22th Bienal de Arte Paiz, Guatemala - 2020 Curated by Alexia Tala and Gabriel Rodríguez.

With the generous support of Mondriaan Fonds

Photos by Marlise Steeman Fotografie

The Supreme Exodus at Framer Framed by Antonio Jose Guzman

See you at Framer Framed  #thesupremeexodus

Oranje-Vrijstaatkade 71, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

JOIN US TO CELEBRATE TWO BEGININGS!

Framer Framed would like to invite you to the OPENING of its new location and is presenting a fabulous new exhibition; "Elsewheres Within Here", curated by Jo-Lene Ong.

The opening on Friday 27 September will start with a speech by alderman Touria Meliani and an introduction by city district administrator [stadsdeelbestuurder] Ivar Manuel. 

This will be followed by performances by Antonio Jose Guzman, Matthew Wang, Rumiko Hagiwara and music by DJ Charmaine and DJ Helena Naeff.

▲ OPENING:

27 September, 17:00 at Framer Framed's new adress in the East: Oranje-Vrijstaatkade 71, Amsterdam.

▲ ARTISTS/KUNSTENAARS:

Mehraneh Atashi, Milena Bonilla, Irene De Craen, Rumiko Hagiwara, 

Aram Lee, Arvo Leo, Natasha Papadopoulou, Thomas Swinkels, 

Remco Torenbosch, Sissel Marie Tonn, Marieke Zwart

Elsewheres Within Here investigates what we welcome, refuse, or overlook in marking the boundaries of spaces we call ‘home’–our bodies, houses, and countries. The exhibition presents works by eleven artists, all of whom are based in the Netherlands, and yet each comes from or thinks with places beyond. The works gather stories around errant movements of plants, animals, objects, and symbols across different cultures and times, and through unexpected intimacies.

Opening: Framer Framed Amsterdam Oost by Antonio Jose Guzman

The Supreme Exodus - From Masquerades to Cultural Resistance.

The Supreme Exodus - From Masquerades to Cultural Resistance.

Save the date: Friday 27th September - 17:00 - Opening: Framer Framed Amsterdam Oost -- The Supreme Exodus - From Masquerades to Cultural Resistance. --- A performance by Antonio Jose Guzman.

DNA Sonic Structures, Genetic Textiles and Body Movements.

Based on a series of performances at Detras Del Muro, 13th Havana Biennial, Cuba 2019 - Curated by Juanito Delgado & Loliett Marrero Delachaux and 22th Bienal de Arte Paiz, Guatemala - 2020 Curated by Alexia Tala and Gabriel Rodríguez. In Collaboration with Costume Designer Iva Jankovic.

Musicians: Alejandro Matamala, Michiel Brinkmann, Cheikh Andji, Pape Assane Sow, Moussa Ndiaye, Ndeye Sonko, Ibou Ndong, Djembefola African Dance and Percussion.

Textiles and accessories in partnership with students from Minerva Art Academy, Frank Mohr Institute, Groningen, The Netherlands, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Tomato Fabric Store, Tokyo, Japan and Arts & Crafts markets in Dakar, Senegal.

Dedicated to the loving memory of Journalist and arts curator Alanna Lockward, The mother of decolonial aesthetics.

Opening of Framer Framed in Amsterdam Oost

We are happy to announce that Framer Framed is moving to Amsterdam-Oost. After five years, and more than forty exhibitions and many hundreds of programs, it is now time to leave the building in the Tolhuistuin. In August our exhibitions and programs will be relocated to Oranje-Vrijstaatkade 71 in the purification hall of the former Oostergasfabriek.

With the generous support of Mondriaan Fonds

PAIZ BIENNIAL 2020 - The Supreme Exodus strikes again! by Antonio Jose Guzman

Thrill to announce our participation at the XXII PAIZ BIENNIAL - 2020. The Supreme Exodus strikes again! We are looking for an all around producer in Guatemala, any tips welcome.

¡Tenemos buenas y emocionantes noticias para compartir con ustedes! Estamos encantados de anunciar nuestra participación en la XXII BIENAL DE ARTE PAIZ - 2020. ¡El Exodo Supremo ataca de nuevo! Estamos buscando a un buen productor en Guatemala, cualquier tip es bienvenido.

The Paiz Biennial not only has the merit of being - as far as I know - the sixth oldest in the world, after those of Venice (1895), Sao Paulo (1951), Ljubljana (1955), Sydney (1973) and the Whitney Museum (1932/1973), in New York. It is, therefore, the second oldest in Latin America. It also distinguishes it having been able to celebrate without interruption every two years, despite the difficult situations of war and repression that Guatemala has gone through.

It is also remarkable that the Paiz Biennial has been able to renew itself according to the times. The project for the next Biennial seeks to continue that dynamic line in pursuit of new possibilities, perhaps more radical, but which I consider beneficial for the art of Guatemala and the projection of the Biennial itself.

Fundación Paiz para la Educación y la Cultura A non-profit organization, committed to the development and transformation of Guatemalan society. Every year, Paiz Foundation has an impact on the lives of more than 60,000 people through different educational and social outreach programs.

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The Supreme Exodus - What a Trip It's Been! by Antonio Jose Guzman

Photo by Ibou Havas - Dakar, Senegal 2019

Photo by Ibou Havas - Dakar, Senegal 2019

It’s been a golden journey, as all my passion and ideas for this project started coming true in Havana, I could actually make a book. So, grateful to end part of this journey here in Venice admiring the monumental works of my dear friends Remy Jungerman and Iris Kensmil at the Dutch pavilion. Kahlil Joseph, Ryoji Ikeda and Hito Steyerl new works. To witness how Arthur Jafa win the Golden Lion and the jury acknowledge Teresa Margolles and Otobong Nkanga.

I take this opportunity to thank once again the Mondriaan Fonds, Juanito Delgado’s Detras del Muro, Lolliet Marrero and Iva Jankovic for making this journey remarkable and for all the amazing memories which I will cherish for lifetime. The opportunities provided by The Supreme Exodus have been great and I am truly grateful for it as well as the experience provided in Dakar, Tokyo and the Havana Biennial and of course not forgetting the many amazing institutions that saw how my collective The State of L3 lead the direction to this project. The immense exposure and hands on experience has not only helped me develop but also improved to create a huge transatlantic network of artists, curators and musicians.

So often we dwell on the things that seem impossible rather than on the things that are possible. So often we are depressed by what remains to be done and forget to be thankful for all that has been done. – Marian Wright Edelman.

The Supreme Exodus - Exodo Supremo by Antonio Jose Guzman

Antonio Jose Guzman’s largest project to date commissioned by Detras del Muro, 13th Havana Biennial.

An internationally renowned artist who investigate the work of genetic research and study the history of textiles traces. Guzman has created a unique performance piece for the opening of the 13th Havana Biennial, highlighting the positive role of migration in the Americas, using his mixed DNA on textile fabrics and a genetic music composition based on his own Panamanian ancestry.

The result of a five year’s research in Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America, The Supreme Exodus is a metaphor of migration and exodus through the use of abstract genetic landscapes. Guzman collaborate since 2009 with genetic researchers, musicians and textile designers, using DNA sequences from his own genome data. Guzman conceptualise the human transcultural identity using DNA sequences on photographic silkscreen printing, paintings, music and textile patterns.

His work is collected internationally and held in numerous public and private collections.

13th Havana Biennial

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gracias Bienal de la Habana! by Antonio Jose Guzman

The Supreme Exodus - 13th Havana Biennial by Antonio Jose Guzman

The Supreme Exodus - Behind the Wall - 13th Havana Biennial - Sunday, April 14th.

Behind the Wall emerged in 2012 as part of the official exhibition of the 11th Havana Biennial. At that time curatorially it was conceived as a way to intervene one of the most significant public spaces of the Cuban capital. The traditional Havanan Malecón, which extends from the corner of Prado and Malecón to the Maceo Park at the height of the Caleta de San Lázaro, on that occasion welcomed a diverse public, demonstrating that contemporary art has an unquestionable ability to call . It also allowed us to investigate closely the socio-cultural functioning of a strongly rooted and complex community.

For the 13th edition of this important event, Detrás del Muro is presented as part of the official exhibition, but also as a sociocultural project that seeks to make its work a constant resource in favor of the sociocultural and community development of the city. On the one hand, Liquid Stage, which is the theme of the artistic intervention that will take place next April, and on the other hand DEDELMU, the origin of an artistic institution focused on cultural promotion, artistic production and community work that will have headquarters in Malecón no. 307 corner to Galiano.

Thirty Cuban artists will be present, among them some National Prizes of the Plastic Arts such as Pedro de Oráa, Pedro Pablo Oliva, Roberto Fabelo and Eduardo Ponjuán; and forty foreign artists from 14 countries, including Antonio Jose Guzman (The Netherlands - Panama), Javier Marín (Mexico), Enrique Martínez Celaya (Cuba-United States), Laurent Grasso (France), Grimanesa Amorós (Peru-United States), José Dávila (Mexico) and Per Inger Bjorlo (Norway).

Photos: Samantha Pellarini

the supreme exodus "on the road to Havana" by Antonio Jose Guzman

Most of The Supreme Exodus research in Japan involved learning on how to accept where I’am in my artistic journey and to appreciate the project for what it is, not what I want it to be. The wabi-sabi philosophy parallels my ongoing journey as an artist developing continuously my artistic practice. 

“Wabi-sabi is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.
It is a beauty of things modest and humble.
It is a beauty of things unconventional.”
–Leonard Koren, artist + writer

Wabi-sabi emerged in 15th century Japan and embraces imperfection, impermanence, and the passing of time. Wabi loosely translates to simplicity, fulfillment, peace, and modesty. Sabi loosely translates to the acceptance and appreciation of the persistence of time.

With the generous support of Mondriaan Fonds

Photos by Iva Jankovic & Marlise Steeman

Location: Nieuw Dakota - Amsterdam Noord & Kapitaal Utrecht

The Supreme Exodus Laboratoire AGIT’art Dakar by Antonio Jose Guzman

In Dakar, Senegal with Atelier GF Workstation: Producing costumes, investigating West African textiles and research on the legendary Dakar Laboratoire AGIT’art, for our performance at the Havana Biennial 2019.

LABORATOIRE AGIT’ART - founded in Dakar in 1974, was a revolutionary and subversive art collective that sought to combine traditional African performance and creativity with a modern aesthetic. Established by the artist Issa Samb, the filmmaker Djibril Diop Mambéty, painter El Hadji Sy and the playwright Youssoupha Dione, Laboratoire Agit’Art started an interdisciplinary collective, devising street performances, improvisational happenings, installations and workshops. Although diverse in their practice, they were united in critiquing and challenging the prevailing négritude philosophy in Senegal.

Their outlook was political, and community focused, publishing manifestos and creating installations out of street detritus that raised issues about African contemporary society. Today Laboratoire Agit’Art are considered to be one of the most influential African art collectives of the twentieth century.

The Supreme Exodus: Masquerades - Négritude Movement - Laboratoire Agit-Art - Afro Latin American Art.

Dakar Team: Iva Jankovic, Samba Thiam, Ibou Sane.

With the generous support of Mondriaan Fonds

Photos by Ibou Havas

Groninger Parade by Antonio Jose Guzman

The Supreme Exodus Performance - The Crown of Joy: From Masquerades to Cultural Resistance.

In collaboration with Groninger Museum, Curator Suean van der Zijpp (Groninger Museum), Minerva Art Academy, Iva Jankovic and the Prince Claus Conservatorium (Hanze University of Applied Sciences).

The performance is based on DNA ancestral studies and on an analysis of Sylvia Wynter’s 1973 Maskarade: A Jonkunnu Musical Play. Maskarade belongs to the earlier theoretical works of Wynter’s. The performance research on issues of postcolonial history, migration, cultural appropriation, Yoruba culture, Afro Latin-American identity and political transcultural theoretical praxes.

Sylvia Wynter: The Jamaican writer and cultural theorist is best known for her diverse writings that pull together insights from theories in history, literature, science, and black studies, to explore race, the legacy of colonialism, and representations of humanness.

The spirit of performance, play, and collaboration remained central to Dada, even as the movement spread outward from Cabaret Voltaire to other nations and continents. Dadaists believed that the value of art lay not in the work produced, but in the act of making and collaborating with others to create new visions of the world.

This project was made possible by the generous support of the Mondriaan Fund and Stichting Beringer Hazewinkel.

GRRR! Exhibition - Groningen, The Netherlands

TSE Collaborators: Iva Jankovic, Sanne Boekel, Margriet Brouwer, Refiq Abbasov, Sebastian Laverde, Antonia Oana, Jurjen Galema, Els van Raaij, Mandy La, Kim Tuin, Mirthe van Wermeskerken, Nancy Tu, Paola Q. Rees, Sammy-Rae Niekoop, Chen Zhang, Pami Chemshirova, Benjamin Houwen, Mairi Munro, Lola Díaz Cantoni, Annet Allers.

Photos: Iva Jankovic & Samantha Pellarini

Transillumination #1 Series at One Art Space New York by Antonio Jose Guzman

“EXIST… an Ode to Ballet” – Curated by Ramón Rik Singley

One Art Space 23 Warren street, New York - 646.559.0535

Opening Reception: Saturday, December 15th, 2018, 6:00 pm- 9:00 pm

Artists: Sasha Huber, Suzanne Unrein, Antonio Jose Guzman, Mary Ann Strandell, Mauren Brodbeck, Amy Hill, Beth Chucker, Ngabo Cesar, Roshanak Khalilian, Aaron Coley, Sonia Barrett, Patrick-Earl Barnes, Christine Cox, Noelle Céspedes, Michael Dote, Gabriele Perici, Kayla Mencia and John K. Cobra…

This important show to end the year is comprised of video, paintings, illustrations & photography from these artists hailing from the U.S. and Europe. This show is going to be a visually stunning foray of works as we end this year and peer into 2019 with new dreams and aspirations. We look forward to seeing you!

To Henri Bergson, the existence of which we are most assured and which we know best is unquestionably our own, for of every other object we have notions which may be considered external and superficial, whereas, of ourselves, our perception is internal and profound. And so he asked, “What, then, do we find?” In this privileged case, what is the precise meaning of the word exist?

The voice and pagination of the works presented for this Group Show exhibition, for me, is a ballet; an ode to Alexey Brodovitch and his famed book of photographs in 1945, titled Ballet. This was the first and only book Brodovitch authored as a photographer, as he was primarily known as an Art Director for Harper’s Bazaar, Portfolio and other publications of the time. The images were of the famous Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo in the mid-1930s. To this day, Ballet is legendary and highly respected amid modernists and germane to the lexicon which helps to didactically explain the meaning of the beauty and importance of a well-composed image and its ilk.

 Thank you,

Ramón Rik Singley II

Opening - The Supreme Exodus LAB by Antonio Jose Guzman

“Collective rituals like The Supreme Exodus serve to bind groups together. The fourteenth-century scholar Ibn Khaldun referred to this as Asabiyyah, which, roughly translated from the Arabic, means “social cohesion” or “solidarity”. Khaldun believed that Asabiyyah was rooted in kinship but could be extended to tribes and nations through the sharing of ritual and ideology” The Supreme Exodus

Photos by Harma Kaput 

Minerva Art Academy - The Supreme Exodus LAB by Antonio Jose Guzman

The Supreme Exodus LAB

Last months students worked together with artist Antonio Jose Guzman to create an exuberant collection of costumes, masques and head pieces. Inspired by the ongoing project of Guzman on migration, DNA and origin, the students make costumes of the most diverse materials. The exterior of matrasses – symbolic for the items migrants take with them across the border-, folded paper, dolls and flags. In addition, fifty m2 textile is screenprinted to use in the costumes. In addition to the presentation in the Koepelzaal, the costumes will be worn in a procession during the Biennial of Havana in April 2019. 

The project is part of The Supreme Exodus, an ongoing project in which Guzman is inspired by the recent history of migration in Latin-America. Artist Antonio José Guzman constructed his monumental project from images of migration and demonstrations in Latin-America and the graphic image of his own DNA. He examines views on socio-cultural identity and migration problems. His installations can be seen as a data visualization of a continuous investigation into displacement and exile in Latin-America and the rest of the world.

Project Coordinators: Sanne Boekel, Margriet Brouwer & Iva Jankovc

Photos by Harma Kaput

The Supreme Exodus LAB by Antonio Jose Guzman

Antonio José Guzman is Artist in Residence 2018 at Minerva Art Academy.

Minerva Art Academy in collaboration with Antonio José Guzman is proud to present the results of The Supreme Exodus LAB, on November 30th at 16.00. Four students of NAIP (Prince Claus Conservatoire) will perform during the opening; an improvisation on the visualised DNA of Guzman himself. On December 14th, the exhibition will end with a spectacular parade that starts at 15.00 at Praediniussingel 59. During this parade, students will walk in the costumes and students of NAIP will perform their music on the spot.

Students worked together last month with artist Antonio Jose Guzman to create an exuberant collection of costumes, masques and head pieces. Inspired by the ongoing project of Guzman on migration, DNA and origin, the students make costumes of the most diverse materials. The exterior of matrasses – symbolic for the items migrants take with them across the border-, folded paper, dolls and flags. In addition, fifty m2 textile is screenprinted to use in the costumes. In addition to the presentation in the Koepelzaal, the costumes will be worn in a procession during the Biennial of Havana in April 2019. 

Project Coordinators: Sanne Boekel, Margriet Brouwer & Iva Jankovc

The Supreme Exodus LAB
The project is part of The Supreme Exodus, an ongoing project in which Guzman is inspired by the recent history of migration in Latin-America. Artist Antonio José Guzman constructed his monumental project from images of migration and demonstrations in Latin-America and the graphic image of his own DNA. He examines views on socio-cultural identity and migration problems. His installations can be seen as a data visualization of a continuous investigation into displacement and exile in Latin-America and the rest of the world.

Artist in Residence 2018
Each year in 2017, 2018 and 2019, Minerva Art Academy invites a different international top artist (Fine Art or Design) to work as an Artist in Residence. The AIR-project takes place at some of the workshops, for example metal or electronics, as part of the study programme. A learning and inquisitive working environment arises through the link with the artist in residence. Students and the AIR work together in an intensive research in which physical experiments are conducted. These experiments lead to a joint result and can be the starting point for new research. 

Important dates 
The Supreme Exodus: 30 November – 14 December 2018
Opening: 30 November 16.00 
Finissage: 14 December 
Havana Biennial: April 2019