Antonis Pittas - hold on

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27 November 2015 - 10 January 2016

Opening: Friday 27 November, 5:00 p.m.
with an address by Katerina Gregos
(also opening of Amsterdam Art Weekend)

The solo exhibition Antonis Pittas – hold on plays on the various meanings of the phrase “hold on:” a request to wait a brief moment, words of encouragement for enduring a difficult situation, and the physical act of maintaining one’s grip with both hands. Pittas’s installation combines these meanings to create free associations between the situation in the exhibition space, various art historical sources, and imagery relating to the distress of contemporary European politics. In this way, Pittas provides a platform on which to reactivate all of these elements as parts of public memory in the making, in what could be called a performative installation.
Tamara Kuselman will present a performance that responds to Pittas’s work on the last day of the exhibition.

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Contemporary Art, Islam, and the Middle East
in the future - 28/11/2015

Debate in cooperation with Amsterdam Art Weekend and De Balie

Date: Saturday 28 November
Time: 10.30 a.m. - 12.00 p.m.
Location: De Balie, Amsterdam
Language: English

Discussions in western countries about Islam very quickly become dominated by the idea that there are irreconcilable differences between cultures, also when it comes to art. There are however a legion of examples demonstrating that contemporary art and Islam can go together, in Europe, but certainly also in the Middle East and in fact in all places where Islam is a part of society. How real are the contradictions between contemporary art and Islam? Is it better to ignore the religious background in the context of contemporary art? And, to what extent does the wealthy tradition of Islamic art connect with contemporary art?

Panelists: Abdulnasser Gharem, Nilüfer Göle, Abdellah Karroum, Luit Mols, and Nat Muller (moderator). With an introduction by Jelle Bouwhuis.

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Works by Abdulnasser Gharem and Abdullah Al Othman will be on view at the Greenbox Museum of Contemporary Art from Saudi Arabia - a memory from the age of enlightenment. After the conversation at De Balie, director Aarnout Helb will give a tour of the collection. Limited capacity, by reservation only, please reserve via:

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