Unfair™ Westerpark is the second installment of our temporary museum series. In the middle of one of the most visited public parks in Amsterdam, we build a brand-new temporary museum.
This edition promises to be a showcase of current architecture and contemporary art, with an architectural design by Tomas Dirrix and three consecutive solo exhibitions by up and coming artists, Arash Fakhim, Valentina Gal and Iriée Zamblé.
Our temporary museums are artist-centered. We empower makers to take a central position in the art community and tell their stories. We connect you, whether you are a passerby, art professional or collector, with up and coming contemporary artists in an accessible and inviting manner. Unfair™ Westerpark is a playful addition to the tradition of architectural temporary design in parks, such as the Giardini in Venice or in Hyde Park, London. The Westerpark area has a long and rich history, transitioning from heavy industry to heavy leisure in the last 20 years. Contemporary art has played an important role in this transition. With this project, we make more space for visual art in the area – an ode to the creatives who, as early adopters, stood at the very base of the development of the area.
Three consecutive solo exhibitions
Fakhim’s work evolves around processes and actions in which an object is made or put in to motion to make images. The traces that are left behind be these actions, gestures and their echoes, result in his work. When he gets out of his studio and in to the sun, he uses a technique called cyanotype to experiment with a concept of objects in time. At the heart of his assemblages are the unstable tendencies of the materials that he uses. Together they form a choreography between the object, time and space. His work often is showcased as curtain- or tapestry-like-installations.
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In her works Valentina dives in the world of (sub)cultures that are mostly shielded from the rest of the world and becomes one of them. For example, she has won a dog race with her Irish Softcoated Wheaten Terriër, worked at a wellness center and formed a ‘fursona’: a physical or virtual alter ego associated with a furry animal. Gal sees an analogy between the perfect simulations that those worlds have to offer, and the way people completely lose the connection with reality. With the information that she picks up in these places she creates works like hairy sculptures, installations of traditional statues and ornaments and digital constructed videos. In her installations the line between real and fake, between subject and object, fades.
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Zamblé’s paintings are based on people that she passes throughout the day. The way she paints the people vary; in some paintings the figure looks the other way, unbothered and untouchable. In other paintings the figure looks directly at the viewer, like they long for something from you. At first sight the figures look distant and anonymous, but the way they are painted gives them familiarity and status. It seems like they are telling us stories and in these stories, black people are the standard not the exception.
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From 1883 the London Imperial Continental Gas Association operated the Westergafabriek, for the supply of gas for the city lighting of Amsterdam. They hired the Amsterdam architect Isaac Gosschalk (1838-1907) for the characteristic industrial design of the area. In 1898 the Wesstergasfabriek was taken over by the Municipality of Amsterdam. In the 1960s, gas production declined, until gas production stopped completely in 1967, partly due to the discovery of natural gas fields in Groningen.
After the closure, a heavily polluted site remained. After the Municipal Energy Company used the site as a storage and workshop, from 1992 onwards space was made available for culture for the first time, by temporary letting artists and adventurous entrepreneurs use the area. A cultural destination and development is thus set in motion. In 1999, Meijer Aannemers Bedrijf took over the entire site for a symbolic amount, on the condition that the area should be redeveloped into a city park with a permanent cultural destination. The park opens in its current form in 2003. In 2018 a new consortium under the wings of Lisca and Duncan Stutterheim bought the area from Westergasfabriek B.V.