Archive for September, 2012


Ties Ten Bosh: I don’t quit my daytime job / documentation

September 30, 2012 posted in documentation, functional objects and materials

Exhibition views



Ties Ten Bosh offered Upominki a movable wall (see the 2nd picture from down). Thank to his gift, within the exisited structre, we hope to create a new working space that will be used in our daily office practice.



Ties Ten Bosh: I don’t quit my daytime job

September 24, 2012 posted in exhibitions

22 September – 7 October 2012

Opening: Saturday 22nd September 2012

Rotterdam based artist Ties Ten Bosch (1977), works with different kind of mediums to give a shape for his ideas. Within his practice he often lets himself to be inspired through different freelance job’s, which help him to sustain his life as an artist. For the series of works titled Composition in Black, Red and Blue, Ten Bosch used the paper that was covering the floors at Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, during his installment of Angela Bulloch’s solo exhibition ‘Short Big Drama’ which opened last spring. In the leftovers of stickers that while falling down on the Witte de With’s floor started to form by chance many surprising compositions, Ten Bosh recognised a potential for his new work.

Ever since Ten Bosh has appropriated these sheets, he then went searching for particular forms. Yet cut out by him pieces are being conscientiously frame now, and hang on the gallery walls at Upominki. Within this particular gesture Ten Bosh literally takes the byproduct of his labour into the realm of his ‘real’ daytime job, thus making art.

As a part of the exhibition – to create more space for his work – Ties Ten Bosh is building a movable wall that will divide one of the two rooms at Upominki. After the exhibition this wall will be donated to Upominki as another functional gift for the space.

Ties Ten Bosch earned his bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam in 2005. Through interventions and collaborative projects, in his work he explores the interactions of people within their environments.



Paula Salas: Brought by the Rivers / documentation

September 20, 2012 posted in documentation, functional objects and materials, money, projects, research, residency

(Read more about Paula Salas’ project here)


Brought by the Rivers became an experience one of a kind; same for the artist who had the chance to be the first resident working and living at Upominki, as for the people living and working in the buildings around the space itself. Salas not only deliverd an amazing visual work with a temporal character, but especially, she managed to create an atmosphere, which will remain in our memories for a long time.


Brought by the Rivers was kindly supported by the University of Amsterdam and Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, Het Lectoraat Art & Public Space (LAPS).





In exchange, artist Joaquín Cociña (husband of Salas who also lived at Upominki for one month), shot a video for us that we will be presenting during our project at Kunstvlaai Festival of Independents | INexactly THIS (23.11- 02.12.2012)


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Paula Salas: Brought by the Rivers

September 18, 2012 posted in events, projects, research, residency


18th August – 14th September 2012

Opening: Friday 14 September 2012 at 19:00h

P: But so, how was it back then?

H: All of my neighbors were prostitutes, junkies or sailors.

Upominki is proud to present the results of a one-month research residency by Chilean artist Paula Salas (1982). From 18.08 until 14.09 Salas was living and working in the Upominki space where – in a close collaboration with the gallery neighbours – she developed a mural project. Between buildings and squares, Paula Salas looked for signs that embody the persistence and fluidity of the identities at work in this particular urban context. Through “Brought by the Rivers” she intended to construct a non-stereotypical portrait of the community gathered around the blocks of Kapelstraat on Coolhaveneiland, Rotterdam.

During Salas’ research, the corner space of Upominki transformed into an artist notebook and became a place for conversation and exchange which now exists as an intriguing peer inside the life happening in the neighbourhood. To give a shape for the collaborator’s experiences and opinions, on one of the gallery walls inside, Salas painted a conceptual map of the neighbourhood. Next to this, she explored own creative-process and put that on the other wall, which she called “the thinking wall”. While presented at Upominki Salas’ wall paintings aim to deliver a complex portrait that does not speak about particular individuals, but rather about interaction and mutual transformation of subjectivities, thus the one of the artist herself, and the broader community.

Final presentation: Friday 14th of September from 18.00h

Paula Salas (Chile 1982) studied a BA in Fine Arts at the university in Chile (PUC), she also completed an academic certificate in Cinema Aesthetic at the same university. From (the year) 2006 she has been showing her work in collective exhibitions and festivals. Currently Salas is completing her MA in Artistic Research at the University of Amsterdam. Brought by the Rivers is the artist’s thesis presentation that complements her written work.

For info about the artist please go to

“Brought by the Rivers” is kindly supported by the University of Amsterdam and Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, Het Lectoraat Art & Public Space (LAPS).

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