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Window dressing ~ inauguration

December 29, 2016 posted in functional objects and materials, projects

etalage winter

#0.1 in collaboration with Marie-Sarah Simon

Dear collegues and friends of Upominki,

In many Polish homes an empty place is being set at the Christmas table in case a person down on luck should show up and ask for shelter. And while this rarely happens nowadays, the tradition nevertheless requires that lone strangers be taken in and treated as family…

Through this concise message I would like to extend warm Christmas Blessings to all of you who sympathize and follow my work.

There are so many things to say and so little words. Therefore my strong wish is to just leave 2016 and look forward to another year ahead!
Moreover, let’s stay together and work things out, for better days!

To wrap up with something to look up to…

What you can see on the image above is a temporary installation in the new space of Upominki on Sint-Mariastraat 132B in Rotterdam. It was made in collaboration with a great friend and artist Marie-Sarah Simon especially for this winter season. The installation (let’s just give it a name – #0.1) begins a new project that will be unfolding in the upcoming months, more information about it will follow soon.

With best wishes full of love and hope for the New Year to come.

Weronika Zielinska-Klein


Window dressing is an ongoing project since 2017 that gradually unfolds in the frontal window of Upominki. The project takes a form of smooth gestures that come and go, while being carried out by various invited artists. As the months go by, Upominki’s window becomes an on-site dialogue where the individual and the collective identity meet. Window dressing is made possible with the joint effort of beloved family and friends.


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ARTISTS TALK dance, exhibition and radio

April 25, 2016 posted in events, projects, subsidy


ARTISTS TALK dance, exhibition and radio
 with Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet (les gens d’Uterpan) and Weronika Zielinska organized by Upominki

Friday, May 6th, 2016 at 8.30PM

@WORM, Boomgaardsstraat 71, 3012 XA Rotterdam, Netherlands

Free entrance

The evening will focus on the broad notion of exhibition spaces and the challenging opportunities of performance, regarding conventional practices’ settlement and media. Through audio extracts of the radio project You are a dancer, Annie Vigier and Franck (les gens d’Uterpan) and Weronika Zielinska will highlight to what extent the responsibility towards the audience, both that of the artist, and that of the operator, is to produce the critical positions and the new public.

You are a dancer, an application of the re|action process

Artists’ statement: Using the radio we transpose our work and the action of the choreographer by applying his or her injunctions, orders and exhortations to the listener. The decontextualisation of the choreographer’s authority through the use of radio appropriates the qualities, restrictions and formatting of radio itself. Our strategy lies in using the specificity of radio and the choreographer’s authoritarian ascendancy over the body. Each session applies a principle of exhortation, injunction and authority inherent or in relation to our practice (injunctions, orders, exhortations, systems of enunciation, rhythmic scores).
The sessions have different lengths. Their purpose is for radio broadcast only. Each session has its own format and programming procedure according to its nature, its radiophonic status and the intended impact.


The project is made possible with the financial support from City council of Rotterdam.

les gens d’Uterpan are supported by: Ile-de-France Regional Cultural Affairs Office – Ministry of Culture and Communication – Support to the choreographic company 2015-2017. Ile-de-France Region agreement of artistic and cultural permanency. The company les gens d’Uterpan (Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet), had been in residence from 2009 to 2014 at CAC Bretigny and they are supported by the Département de l’Essonne.
They are represented by the gallery Salle Principale (Paris)




The Mothernists

May 25, 2015 posted in collaboration, 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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Conversas Rotterdam 3rd edition

January 1, 2015 posted in collaboration, events, projects

Conversas is a series of weekly informal meetings made so that we can get to know and discuss projects and interests.

The third series of ten Conversas Rotterdam starts on the 14th of January and runs every Wednesday until the 18th of March 2015.

This time Conversas Rotterdam is alternating between two spaces: Mevrouw Bok and Upominki.
During the event three Conversadores (those who talk at Conversas) bring something to share with the gathered group, for thirty minutes each.

As the title suggests itself, Conversas (Conversations in Portuguese) aim at an equal set up from which both the Conversadores and the group, should be able to profit.

The new series of posters is being designed by Catarina da Silva.

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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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Conversas Rotterdam 2nd edition

October 14, 2014 posted in collaboration, events, projects

Conversas is a series of weekly informal meetings made so that we can get to know and discuss projects and interests.
The second series of ten Conversas Rotterdam starts on the 15th of October, and runs every Wednesday until the 17th of December.

This time Conversas Rotterdam is alternating between two spaces: Mevrouw Bok and Upominki.
During the event three Conversadores (those who talk at Conversas) bring something to share with the gathered group, for thirty minutes each.

As the title suggests itself, Conversas (Conversations in Portuguese) aim at an equal set up from which both the Conversadores and the group, should be able to profit.

The new series of posters is being designed by Leroy Kok. /

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Design for Education

August 30, 2014 posted in projects, residency

Open Set – Graphic Design Autumn School

Design for Education
01 – 19.09.2014

Open Set Autumn School under the theme “Design for education” is a research project by Vlad Butucariu and Irina Shapiro kindly hosted by Upominki.

This year Open Set has been invited by the Examinations Council of Zambia to organise a series of workshops and presentations to zoom on the role of design into the examination procedure by addressing to the readability of the examination forms, improvement of the security of materials, advantages and disadvantages between digital and printed medium.

Open Set is a Dutch graphic design summer school that Vlad Butucariu and Irina Shapiro have been organising since 2012 in different cities in The Netherlands. It derived from thier shared practice at Studio Squash, an information and graphic design studio based in Rotterdam.

Open Set “Design for Education” is made possible also due to the contribution of guest lecturers from Cito International.




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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