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CO-OP Unseen

July 9, 2018 posted in exhibitions, open call



Happy to announce that Upominki will be representing The Netherlands during the upcoming CO-OP at Unseen Amsterdam. More info here and following.



Tools to keep your house unfinished ~ by Isabel Marcos

July 9, 2018 posted in exhibitions, functional objects and materials, projects, subsidy


Tools to keep your house unfinished ~
Window dressing #4

15.07 – 30.08.2018

INAUGURATION: Saturday 14 July at 19:00h

Tools to keep your house unfinished by the Spanish artist Isabel Marcos, is a fourth site-specific intervention in the framework of Window dressing initiated by Upominki in the Winter of 2017.

Through the disruption of continuity and where ambiguity can be experienced – alternative spaces are being created. An ambiguity that rather than bringing us to a blur, can sharpen our senses and stimulate imagination.

Isabel Marcos believes that in such transitory spaces and in in-between realities, we find places for resistance. Where the in-betweenness exists, in a present that is looking to a future, the space questions its own identity and invites us to rethink this notion, as well as to delve into the relation between human subjectivity and inhabited structures.

Upominki is a space in transition, with upcoming walls and unexisting dropped ceilings. While being renovated collectively, we try to rethink its identity, values, means and future.

Through challenging the quotidian interactions between bodies and architecture, Tools to keep your house unfinished introduces plasticity and elasticity to both: the hard and rough surfaces, and to the tools that are being used in the renovation process. In order to invite the involved people to consider dysfunctionality as an ambiguous productivity, through these gestures – both physically and metaphorically – Marcos tries to obstruct the renovation of Upominki as such.

In the course of the evening we will screen the artist Horizon and skirting board (2015) and tell more about the start of our collaboration.

Come and join us in the on-going proces and feel free to bring anyone who might be interested!



The Mothernists

May 25, 2015 posted in exhibitions, projects, subsidy

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Irene Pérez, Beautiful Family, 2011 

Within the framework of The Mothernists Conference June 5/6/7 Upominki is pleased to host the international group exhibition.

The Mothernists
6 June – 5 July, 2015
OPENING: Saturday 6 June at 20:00

The Mothernists exhibition features works by:
Guy Ben-Ner (IL) / Irene Pérez (ES) / Ane Hjort Guttu (NO) / Lise Haller Baggesen Ross (DK) / Courtney Kessel (USA) / Elżbieta Jabłońska (PL) / Adam Rzepecki (PL)

The Mothernists Conference June 5/6/7 is a three-day-long transatlantic conference, bringing together the work and thought of practicing international artists, art historians, educators, curators and writers on the topic of caring labour and cultural re-production. The Mothernists attempts to open up philosophical, political, aesthetic and social questions made visible through the co-existing practices of mothering and cultural re- production, bringing these into the diverse discourses that the participants professionally as artists, writers, philosophers, curators, historians and educators are part of.

Lise Haller Baggesen Ross (DK) / Dr. Rachel Epp Buller (USA) / Christa Donner (USA) / Andrea Francke (UK) / Renske Janssen (NL) / Courtney Kessel (USA) / Dr. Natalie S. Loveless (USA) / Irene Pérez (ES) / Shira Richter (IL) / Miriam Schaer (USA) / Esmé Valk (NL) / Mirjam Westen (NL)

Exhibiting artists
Guy Ben-Ner (IL) / Irene Pérez (ES) / Ane Hjort Guttu (NO) / Lise Haller Baggesen Ross (DK) / Courtney Kessel (USA) / Elżbieta Jabłońska (PL) / Vasiliki Sifostratoudaki (GR) / Barbara Philipp (AT) / Adam Rzepecki (PL)

PrintRoom, Leeszaal Rotterdam West, Upominki


Detailed program of The Mothernists Conference can be found on or downloaded here The Mothernists Program

The Mothernists Conference is a project by the m/other voices foundation realised in close collaboration with PrintRoom, Leeszaal Rotterdam West and Upominki
The Mothernists Conference is kindly supported by Gemeente Rotterdam


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Apprentice/Master exhibition #12

February 9, 2015 posted in exhibitions, projects

9 March – 26 March 2015
Lieke Snellen (NL) with Davey Schoute (NL) | Hannah Whitlow (UK) | Liing Heaney (IR)

OPENING: Thursday 12 March at 19:00
20:00 Lecture by: Guy Königstein from the IRDEH Institute for Research and Documentation of the Erased History

Closing: Thursday 26 March at 19:00

Upon meeting each other for the first time, we seemed to agree that borders always define a space as such, so we set out to find them. Within the exhibition period we’ve based our research on a communal archeological journey to the far corners of Rotterdam; however, what we may find along the way just might diverse our path in other directions, for as far as the corners are concerned… We will be continually developing a body of work over the course of the three weeks, treating our findings as a nerve centre for the exhibition.


The Apprentice/Master project originally initiated by Kunstpodium T in 2008, matches talented graduating fine art students (BA or MA) from different art schools in Europe to renowned contemporary artists who connect with the work of the apprentices. During the project, groups of three to four apprentices work together and exhibit along with their master artist. The coming season will result in a series of 20 exhibitions in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium, Czech Republic and the Netherlands, from which 9 take place at Kunstpodium T.

The Apprentice/Master project is made possible by:
Museum De Pont, Mondriaan Fonds, BKKC, Gemeente Tilburg,
Provincie Noord-Brabant, De Brakke Grond, Croxhapox,
No 5 Rutland Street, Block T, AMU Gallery, InBetween,
Backlit Gallery, Upominki, Willem ll Fabriek, B32
and the participating academies.


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The Research Centre for Practicing Nature / documentation

December 29, 2014 posted in documentation, exhibitions, projects


Exhibition overview
Sanne van Gent


Exhibition overview
Sanne van Gent


Exhibition overview
Sanne van Gent

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Documentation performance “Missing pieces” by Johanna Weissenrieder


Exhibition overview
Sanne van Gent

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Documentation performance “Missing pieces” by Johanna Weissenrieder

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The Research Centre for Practicing Nature

November 9, 2014 posted in exhibitions, projects

Johanna Weissenrieder, Missing pieces

The Research Centre for Practicing Nature
Sanne van Gent, Johanna Weissenrieder
OPENING: 15 November 2014 at 19.00h

Every lingering remnant in adults’ memory of the atmosphere of enchanted forests, every last vestige in them of belief in miracles, every breath of theirs which still inhales a perfume of fairytales reveals itself beneath the wretched, crazed disguise of these feebly invented landscapes, and exposes man and his senseless treasure-chest filled with intellectual trinkets, his superstitions, his ravings. Here he squats, surrounded by all the round pebbles he could find, counting them and laughing: He is happy.
Louis Aragon. Paris Peasant, 1994: 120

Most dictionaries define artificial as something that does not appear in nature. Yet if nature created humans, wouldn’t anything man created be the by-product of nature itself? Why do we regard objects or products created by man as “unnatural”?

If we follow this thought further, one can view almost everything as being artificial, even trees, since before their presence on earth, they were not “natural”. Therefore, nothing must be natural since before it existence, it must already “exist” in nature for it to be considered natural. Still how do we, collectively and individually, determine and regard what is natural and what is artificial?

Inspired by this question, Sanne van Gent (NL) and Johanna Weissenrieder (SE) study the often vague distinction between existing (natural) landscapes and the cultivated ones, thus created by a man. The Research Center for Practicing Nature, is their collaborative endeavour which consists of a working period, an exhibition with a performance event, a window shop with customized products, and a discussion during the Conversa evening on the 3rd of December.

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Anti-ad: ANTI-DOG a project by Kipras Dubauskas / documentation

May 23, 2014 posted in documentation, events, exhibitions



Kipras Dubauskas, Anti-ad: ANTI-DOG, commissioned by Upominki for Kunstvlaai Festival 2014

Photography credit: courtesy of the artist



Anti-ad: ANTI-DOG a project by Kipras Dubauskas

May 13, 2014 posted in events, exhibitions, projects, subsidy

Upominki presents:

Anti-ad: ANTI-DOG
A project by Kipras Dubauskas

Amstelpark, Amsterdam
21-25 May, 2014

OPENING: Wednesday 21 May 2014 at 18.00-22.00h

Upominki’s contribution for Kunstvlaai festival is made in a close collaboration with Lithuanian artist Kipras Dubauskas who’s practice is driven by the interest in the language of the street and public domain.

Taking given format – billboard – as the starting point, Dubauskas imitated ordinary advertisement that promotes pepper spray and exposed it on the partly broken stand. Within act of fracture – both physically and phonetically, he wishes to bring the attention on the current state of independent artists, and most art initiatives, where public visibility becomes the main issue that guarantees steady financial support.

Together with Dubauskas we wonder, could we comment on this problematical situation by using its very own means? Thus by using mesmerizing media strategies and radically turning them upside down – creating a chaotic situation that becomes a self-reflexive act, as well as a prominent method for criticizing particular public realm?

Anti-ad: ANTI-DOG project is a result of an on-ongoing discussion between Kipras Dubauskas and Weronika Zielinska. As one of the two case studies, in 2012 Zielinska wrote extensively about another project of Dubauskas in her MA thesis on hospitality.

Kipras Dubauskas graduated from the Vilnius Academy of Arts, Lithuania (2010) with a BA degree in sculpture department, and earned his MA from KASK in Gent, Belgium (2013). He is one of the founders and collaborators of artist-run initiative “Artkor Project Space” based in Vilnius (2006-2010).


During the festival Upominki will be taking part in one of the discusssions within the SPACES IN DIALOGUE, a themed programme of round-table discussions.

See SPACES IN DIALOGUE for more information about the programme.

24 May 2014 at 15.00 Het Glazen Huis in the Amstelpark

POSITIONING THE INITIATIVE: FINANCIAL SURVIVAL STRATEGIES: How to deal with structural and occasional financial support, membership, other ways of generating income and being (in)dependent.

With Upominki, Verein zur Förderung von Kunst und Kultur am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz e.V and Apice for Artists

To find out more about the festival’s history and its context see the link.
Planning to visit the festival?!
Check here for directions, opening hours and full programme.

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If I had it, I would give it to you / documentation

May 10, 2014 posted in documentation, exhibitions

Exhibition view
From up to down: Alice Mendelowitz, Hunter Longe

Exhibition view
From left to right: Sol Archer, Vasiliki Sifostratoudaki

Exhibition view / Detail
Sol Archer

Exhibition view / Detail
Vasiliki Sifostratoudaki

Vasiliki Sifostratoudaki

Exhibition view
From left to right: Sriwhana Spong, Susanna Browne

Exhibition view / Detail
Susanna Browne




If I had it, I would give it to you

May 6, 2014 posted in events, exhibitions
Composite image by Susanna Browne and Alice Mendelowitz, 2014

11 – 24 May 2014
OPENING: Saturday 10 May at 18.00h

An interim exhibition featuring artists enrolled in the Master of Fine Art program at the Piet Zwart Institute:

Sol Archer
Sighle Bhreathnack-Cashell
Tiffin Breen
Susanna Browne
Hunter Longe
Alice Mendelowitz
Vasiliki Sifostratoudaki
Sriwhana Spong (feat. Anna John)

Special thanks to Katarina Zdjelar and Weronika Zielinska

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