They say that there is a monster that has multiple heads, that has many ways to dominate and that bites everywhere. They say that if a head is cut off from this monster, two are reborn. That it transforms and changes its shapes, colors and voices. That accumulation and dispossession are its fuel, that in division, terror and injustice it finds its pleasure, and that with war and oblivion it savors its next prey. The most terrifying thing about this monster is that it is real, the most bloodthirsty and cruel since history was divided between dominators and dominated.

 

Fortunately, this monster is not omnipotent, nor immortal; there would exist spell-images capable of transmuting the colonial fossils, which as fuels, feed the machinery of extinction.

 

In this first exhibition, the Association of Monsters Fighting for Life will present some proposals to rip out the heart of the Hydra: cut off its source of energy, dissociate linear and progressive narratives through cyclical, spiral or reverse stories, invoke pre-capitalist monsters, or convene activists to imagine other possible ends of the world.

 

We must truly be those monsters it says we are. We will be its worst nightmare.

 

Opening on 18th of May. 5 pm.

Visiting hours by appointment: dianoninoo@gmail.com

 

 



Sofia Paravicini
Sofia Paravicini

TRACES

Sofia Paravicini is an award-winning illustrator and visual artist based in Milan, Italy.

Her work aims to explore the sensuality and poetry of movement and gestures of the human body, in particular the female one.
During her three months as an artist in residence at AGALAB, she experimented printing mono prints with cotton fabrics and with the linocuts process to deepen these two concepts.

Website: www.sofiaparavicini.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/sofiaparavicini/

 

Vivian Mac Gillavry is an Amsterdam based visual artist. She graduated from Gerrit Rietveld Academy in 2021.

During my two months residency at AGA LAB I was experimenting with etching and embossing (blinddruk). I used these printmaking techniques to explore patterns of fungi and mycelia networks.

The mycelium can be seen - according to scientist Merlin Sheldrake - as the tissue that holds together much of the world.
There are parts of these fungi networks that are easy to spot, for example, the mushrooms you come across whilst walking in the forest, yet the majority of fungi spread spores without producing mushrooms.

It appeals to my imagination that mushrooms develop above the ground whilst their mycelium, which has no fixed shape, grows below the ground.

Website: https://vivianmacgillavry.com/
Instagram: www.instagram.com/vivian.mac.gillavry/

26th of May: 16.00-21.00

 



Sofia Paravicini
Sofia Paravicini
Vivian Mac Gillavry
Vivian Mac Gillavry
Vivian Mac Gillavry
Vivian Mac Gillavry
Vivian Mac Gillavry
Vivian Mac Gillavry
Sofia Paravicini
Sofia Paravicini
Vivian Mac Gillavry
Vivian Mac Gillavry
Face-to-Face
Face-to-Face

Face-to-Face

Just as our reflection is a virtual place behind the mirror, Face-to-Face is a fundamentally otherworldly place: an extra-ordinary counterpoint. a disturbing interspace and a new perspective.

Face-to-Face is above all a crisis point, a demasque and an inverted mirror of society. The endless series of portraits create an eco chamber, a wonderful Persian dream garden and a cemetery, public nudist beach and a darkroom, underground rehearsal room and a royal place. It pays tribute to revolutionary thinkers, shows bastards and their victims, it is both a place for children's play and a memorial for patients. Here te rich of the earth show their true face.

We greet each other in the morning, but the beloved is gone. Tere is a huge global imbalance of problems that are unprecedented. No country, no city or village, no street, no house, nothing or nobody escapes the current evolution pain.
Thanks to a persistent neoliberal policy, we have become consumers and therefore each other's competitors. At te same time, self-research is outsourced to Big Data and AI gets to know us and manipulate us.

Just as the refugee camp is a placeless place were you.  are a prisoner in the midst of ultimate freedom, de Bouwput is a disturbing place on the fringes of Amsterdam-West. A place where all usual orientation disappears.
This is where the messy reality is portrayed.
This is where the resistance blossoms.

Exhibition dates: 27, 28, 29 May / 4, 5, 6 June (4 - 8 PM).