Pollinators, 202x182cm, oil, acrylic, spray paint on linen & weaving, 2020
SCHIEDAM -From Saturday October 24 to December 6, you are most welcome to visit our new solo exhibition CTRL + S during our walk-in afternoon between 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm and meet the artist Laftmonk. The exhibition with recent paintings, textile works and an installation shows the world according to Laftmonk (France / US), visual artist, designer and social art practitioner.
During a walk-in afternoon you can view the exhibition and our permanent collection at a safe distance via one-way traffic while enjoying a snack and a drink. Based on previous experience, we expect to have sufficient capacity available with the current 450 m2 exhibition space to properly manage the walk-in via badges. The exhibition will run until December 6.
In CTRL + S, Laftmonk plays with the different techniques and styles that she has mastered over the years. Complex geometric textile weaving techniques merge with painting, photography and collage, resulting in subdued surrealist psychological portraits with influences from Francis Bacon, among others, but also more colorful abstract images with street art influences, whether or not in combination with intriguing textile sculptures and a central installation, Base for a Red Vine, 2020 accomplished during her time in lockdown.
With all of this she seamlessly builds a synthesis of the ideas and concepts in her oeuvre, which revolve around the new world that is continuously unfolding itself. This world is fragile and disintegrated, in constant transformation, with an urgent need for a new balance, a safe haven. A world seen through the eyes of people or insects with alienated fragments of reality, hidden in veiled layers. Laftmonk's world is populated with displaced people, shifting identities, endangered exotic species. All struggle to find their balance, with each other and with a threatened environment. But it is also a world of beauty in all its layered fragility, precious and full of hope to save and be saved.
Laftmonk was born and raised in France, of Algerian descent and educated in France and the USA. Her work has been exhibited internationally in renowned museums and galleries, including the Museum of Art and Industry André-Diligent in France; Cheongju Art Center, Korea; The Cordova Museum, Massachusetts; Santa Fe Art Institute, New Mexico; Blue Star Contemporary, Texas, The Old Mint, San Francisco CA and ST-ART Strasbourg. Her work can be found internationally in private collections, including in Los Angeles, Washington, New York, San Francisco, London and Paris.
OpenArtExchange is an independent international art gallery, which aims to stimulate and connect promising contemporary visual artists from non-Western countries (especially Africa, South America and Asia) with the Western art and culture world. We do this through our online platform, participation in international art fairs and festivals, collaboration with partners and our international residences, exhibitions and other activities in our local art center in the museum quarter of Schiedam (Rotterdam region).
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Wednesday to Saturday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Sunday: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
By appointment: email firstname.lastname@example.org
3111 HC Schiedam
As part of Salam to Syria, the Connect program brings an innovative performance in the field of social action art to Bonn. Artist, sculptor and painter Latifa Medjdoub is curator of the event. Salam to Syria promotes cooperation between artists from Syria and other parts of the world.
Fiber art possesses flexible properties that allows me to reflect upon vital mechanisms produced by nature and therefore is a rich medium to help translate in organic shapes, the possibilities stretched by nature’s structure and logic. In Connect, a social experience and practice speaks for our passage through the filter of art, meditation on societal issues and back to nature. It provides a framework for thinking about our collective creativity and the fundament of life, what links humanity together, it's motives, potentiality and self direction.
I have conceived on a loom a range of ropes or vines as I like to call them for their vital and dynamic reflection on nature. A social practice is engaged to help raise awareness and to sharpen our intuitive communication, opening an inner dialogue to support the world around with a positive vision with new avenues, possibilities.
Installed in a background made of red bricks on the tall walls at the Bonn Evangelische Trinitatiskirchengemeinde , a range of protean textile forms are knotted and woven on stretchers from wooden recycled material with a seamless composition. Often achieved using a single handcrafted string on a loom, the various studies reflect on the multiple levels of interconnectedness of individuals and networks using a system of geometry of interaction.
Two performers, Chrystele Saint Louis Augustin and Sophiatou Kossoko will engage the public with a series of handcrafted ropes installed in the core of the church, tracing together a connective web. The ephemeral installation spanning the space transports participants to an expansive and physically networked setting from which valuable perspective is acquired.
This project encompasses traditional relationship with the public in the context of performance by pushing the mental and physical boundaries, questioning our presence and responsibility to each other, challenging individual perception and improvisation, allowing an immersive space of self and communal reflection as well as a transformative collective experience.
SALAM TO SYRIA
Latifa Medjdoub, Curator and artist
Performers for Connect: Chrystèle Saint Louis Augustin and Sophiatou Kossoko
Music: Ashraf Kateb (Violin) and Iwan Urwalow (Piano & Orgel)
Starring Opera singer Deborah Sassoon
This Salam to Syria fundraiser is run by the Global Health Equity Foundation (GHEF)
in cooperation with the Bonn Institute for Migration Research (BIM) e.V.
The proceeds of the event will be used for a research project on the health equality of refugees. In addition to promoting health education for Arabic-speaking refugees, the project will also provide relevant insights into the assessment of trauma and treatment methods. In line with the philosophy of the Global Health Equity Foundation and BIM e.V., support for equality in health care is seen as the advance of human society.
The Red Vine
INVITATION TO TAKE PART OF THE RED VINE SOCIAL PRACTICE
This social practice is part of a series of inspirational forums that benefit the Health Diplomacy Project for Arabic Speaking Refugees in Germany. Latifa consults with Global Health Equity Foundation (GHEF) to develop the curriculum for innovative solutions to address issues of inclusion, assimilation and integration in Germany.
The Red Vine is a fiber sculpture conceived as a unique segment to stimulate a vital and creative social interactions while exploring notions of space, time, and movement. The participants create together a nucleus that leads to multiple reflections on the connection phenomenon, the creation of a common improvised space to bring harmony. This experience brings a strong sense of belonging and unity while meditating on our interdependent nature.
MetaSpace Studio Stockenstraße 1-5, 53113 Bonn January 26, 18:00-20:00
Hosted by Global Health Equity Foundation: Global Health Equity Foundation advocates on behalf of people who lack access to health education, preventive services and healthcare. See www.ghef.org
The Strings series Workshops
Fiber Sculpture + Social Practice
Open to all levels
Time: 2 to 3 Hours
Instructor: Latifa Medjdoub
Instructor provides recycled materials
Class Description: This project will invite physical interaction using handcrafted fiber sculptures and encourage reflection on the action of sharing and combining efforts in the act of creation.
In this workshop, we will first open up to a social practice together to reflect on the depth of the energy that links everything together. Using a set of handcrafted strings, we will experiment with movements and perspective in space.
Participants will be then working with a set of recycled items from varying material sources ranging from fiber, paper, plastic or metal to form a string or rope like open ended segment. They will study systems of formal imbrication, intertwined sequences, modulating rhythmic organizations of selected items while demonstrating a correlation between structure and sustainability.
In our age of social media networking, this innovative artistic approach pushes mental and physical boundaries, questioning our presence and responsibility to each other, challenging individual and shared perception and communication, and allowing an immersive space of self as well as a transformative collective experience to foster the idea that art makes us look at the world in fresh, new and restorative ways.
May 11th at N.E.W from 6pm to 9pm
New Expressive Work 810 SE Belmont, PDX OR 97214
Limited to 30 participants.
In San Francisco
May 20th at MP+D from 2pm to 5pm
Museum of Performance and Design 893B Folsom Street San Francisco CA 94107
Limited to 20 participants.
Contact me for more details and to register:
Latifa Medjdoub & Haco
Eurythmy is a social performance inspired by nature’s energy and rhythmical order and is inviting an active public to reflect on the multiple levels of interconnectedness of individuals and networks. The project consists of the collaborative construction of an ephemeral flexible architecture using fiber sculptures* in relation to an environmental sound system speaking for interrelationship and unity while celebrating diversity.
Facilitated by French Algerian visual artist Latifa Medjdoub in collaboration with avant-garde experimental sound artist, Haco from Japan, this environmental social art exploration aims to open new avenues to the public practice in regard to the art of possibilities together, in a terrain designed to bring a wave of inspiration, awareness and energy.
Date: May 23dr, 2017, 9pm @door, performance @9.30pm