ZimmerFrei | Amsterdam ​Séance

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Amsterdam ​Séance | Introduction

It can be said that we are living in a new period, a period in which we preserve and forward memories of the Second World War without witnesses.The generation of survivors is disappearing slowly, and this new situation raises questions not only about memories but also on how we now understand the past. In “Amsterdam Séance - A Public Art Intervention in Amsterdam” we, ZimmerFrei, and the curators will underline the timeless importance of buildings from Rapenburgerstraat, in Amsterdam, as witnesses of History.
These buildings were silent witnesses of the forced eviction of the former Jewish inhabitants during the 40s and at the same time they are keeping memories of a more distant past. These interiors know more than their actual inhabitants. Nowadays the same houses are the theatre of new lives and family stories. In this proposal, the inhabitants will become a temporary community, a community which creates, with a personal object, a collective act, a statement. The cooperation between these street inhabitants and the artists will create a wake up call, a séance, dedicated to the former Jewish neighborhood near the Jewish Historical Museum. Our intention is to unveil these relations and to create a communication between the interiors and the exteriors of the houses in this street.

ZimmerFrei is a collective of artists (Massimo Carozzi, Anna de Manincor, Anna Rispoli) based in Bologna and Bruxelles, whose complex practice is located on the crossways of cinema, theater, music and performance. In 2015 ZimmerFrei will develop several projects in the Netherlands, including the making of a film on the island of Terschelling (produced by the Oerol Festival).
ZimmerFrei’s work has been exhibited at galleries, festivals, and museums internationally including Wiels (Bruxelles), Auditorium Parco della Musica (Roma), MAMbo (Bologna), BNA/BBOT (Bruxelles), C/O Careof (Milano), MAN Museum (Nuoro), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Torino), Vooruit Arts Centre (Gent), Manifesta 7 (Rovereto), Stenersen Museum (Oslo), Budapest Architecture Film Days (Budapest), Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival (Thessaloniki), Vision du Rèel - Festival international du cinéma documentaire (Nyon), VideoEx - Experimental & Video Festival (Zurich), Oerol Festival (Terschelling), Arquiteturas Film Festival (Lisbon), Biografilm Festival (Bologna), Torino Film Festival (Torino) and more.

Ronit Eden is an independent curator living and working in Amsterdam.
She holds a degree in design and architecture. Since 1989 she has worked as an interior architect, as well as an exhibition designer for major museums in Israel. As of the last ten years, in and around the Netherlands, she has been curating and producing exhibitions mainly based on contemporary art. Among others she exhibited in Museum Beelden aan Zee (Den Haag), Castrum Peregrini (Amsterdam), Centraal Museum (Utrecht), Jewish Historical Museum (Amsterdam) and Jewish Museum (Munich).

Marco Nember (Brescia, 1977) is founder and director of Stichting Blue439.
He’s based in Amsterdam since May 2009. He collaborated with Italian Institute of Culture (Amsterdam), Goethe Institut Niederlande (Amsterdam), Kunsthuis SYB (Beetsterzwaag), Kunstverein (Amsterdam and Milan), Museum Beelden aan Zee (Den Haag), De Appel Arts Centre PS (Amsterdam) and Vlaams Cultuurhuis De Brakke Grond (Amsterdam). From 2014 he began to curate a video art program with related artist talks at the Italian Institute of Culture in Amsterdam. He is curator of ‘Directions - European Video Art Screenings and Artist Talks’ in collaboration with curator Lorenzo Benedetti and several members of EUNIC, the European network of national institutes of culture.


ZimmerFrei | Amsterdam ​Séance
16.02/13.05 - 2018

In collaboration with
Stadsarchief Amsterdam
4 en 5 Mei Nationaal Comité - Amsterdam.
Istituto Italiano di Cultura - Amsterdam
Jewish Historical Museum
Open Joodse Huizen

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