SABRINA STARKE – WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?
TENT Witte de Withstraat 50, 3012 BR Rotterdam
Artists: JASPER NIENS, BRIAN ELSTAK, ANTONIO JOSE GUZMAN, RASHEED VLIJTER, SANDIM MENDES, KEVIN OSEPA, MICKAEL MARTINS & CAROLINE ESCAFFRE, SARA NUYTEMANS, DOROTA GRABKOWSKA .
On Friday 28 September, TENT presents a double exclusive: the opening of the exhibition ‘Who do you think you are?’ initiated by Rotterdam singer-songwriter Sabrina Starke, and the very first showcase of her brand new album ‘Underneath the Surface’. The exhibition features works by nine artists, seven of who are creating new artworks especially for the show. During the exhibition, TENT is presenting an exciting range of cross-disciplinary public programmes. The central theme of which is the many dimensions of identity. The programme aims to provide a positive stimulus into the search for new definitions of identity. In developing the exhibition, Starke worked closely with the advisor, artist, and curator Charl Landvreugd.
Artist Jasper Niens’ impressive Under the Mango Tree installation is specially made for this exhibition. It is a pavilion that provides a meeting place for the public programme and the community. “Under the Mango Tree is inspired by the mango trees under which communities in Africa come together to share their stories with one another. A holistic and spiritual setting where everyone is welcome”, the singer enthusiastically explains. “It is a safe space, where stories, thoughts, and visions are shared.” The pavilion’s dome embraces the public and offers security through its circular forms. It is a technical masterpiece built using a unique system of steel and wood that Niens has been developing for two years and is now applying for the first time.
In addition to Niens, there are also other artists, such as Brian Elstak, who takes inspiration from hip-hop culture and comics. He uses his pencil as a weapon and depicts an alternative universe to which the younger generation can identify. Dutch-Panamanian audio-visual artist Antonio Jose Guzman presents The Supreme Exodus, which combines images of Latin-American migration and demonstrations with graphic representations of his DNA. Starke is also providing a platform for young talents such as Rasheed Vlijter, Sandim Mendes, and Kevin Osepa. In the video installation Santos, Osepa contrasts contemporary life with the spiritual world. The public can also dream away in the clouds of design duo Mickael Martins & Caroline Escaffre, or savour a new installation about self-healing powers by Sara Nuytemans. With the work of Dorotha Grabkowska named “What made me”, participants can share emotions, thoughts and inspiration.
‘Who do you think you are?’ is an initiative by Sabrina Starke and realised in collaboration with TENT and Charl Landvreugd. This project is made possible by Arminius, the Mondriaan Fund, CBK-Rotterdam, Rotterdam Festivals and The Art of Impact.
This project was made possible by the generous support of the Mondriaan Fund
Photos by Aad Hoogendoorn & Marlise Steeman