Troubled Waters

 

Art Stations of the Cross - Troubled Waters

An Exhibition across Amsterdam in 14+1 Iconic Destinations


March 6 - April 22, 2019.

Curators: Marleen Hengelaar and Aniko Ouweneel.


This unique public art project will take visitors on a creative and contemplative journey, using the story and symbols of the Passion to reflect upon contemporary injustices, from refugees to victims of sex-trafficking.



Visual art by Yona Verwer and Katarzyna Kozera.

Embedded in the paintings are augmented reality videos by Francesca Giovannetti, with sounds by Alon Nechushtan and Dan Schwartz.


Venue: Reinwardt Academy, Hortusplantsoen 2, Amsterdam.

Open: Mo-Fri 10:00-17:00.


The diptych focuses on Amsterdam’s past and present problems regarding women’s imprisonment. Its current problem is sex trafficking; women held against their will in the Red Light district. The past issue is the mass deportation of Jewish women to the Nazi death camps during World war II.


The panels are interactive, accompanied by “augmented reality” images and videos, accessible via smartphones and IPads, to offer additional layers and gleanings that enhance the viewing experience.


The project takes inspiration from the tradition of the Stations of the Cross, which represent 14 events along Jesus’ final journey through Jerusalem—from his condemnation to crucifixion and burial. This exhibition will chart its own Via Dolorosa, or Way of Suffering, with stops in 14+1 sites across the city of Amsterdam. The route will take about 2 hours on foot. It can be partly done by tram.


The exhibition focuses on Amsterdam’s historic identity as a port-city. The sea can be a place of miracles—as the Bible teaches—but it is also the site of trauma. Syrian refugees have attempted perilous crossings of the Mediterranean to escape their country’s civil war. Young people have arrived in Europe via shipping containers, only to be enslaved in sex-work. And rising water temperatures caused by climate change have led to unprecedented natural disasters, especially impacting the poor.

Instead of easy answers, Art Stations of the Cross aims to provoke the passions: artistically, spiritually, and ethically. Each of the 14+1 stations will feature a work of art, whether an existing work or a new site-specific installation. 

Participating artists are: Lynn Aldrich, Güler Ates, G. Roland Biermann, Giorgio Andreotta Calò, Paul van Dongen, Erica Grimm, Iris Kensmil, Anjet van Linge, Janpeter Muilwijk, Jan Tregot, Masha Trebukova, Hansa Versteeg, Yona Verwer and Arent Weevers.


Amsterdam will be the fourth location for the Stations of the Cross project. It began in London in 2016, with stops including the National Gallery and St. Paul’s Cathedral. In 2017, it was held in Washington, D.C., with stations at the National Cathedral and across from the Supreme Court. In New York City it featured The Cloisters (the Metropolitan Museum) and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. The project is co-founded by Professor Aaron Rosen and the Rev. Dr. Catriona Laing, both based in the US.























AUGMENTED REALITY:

The videos are not viewable with the naked eye, only with a smart phone or IPad. They are short: about 1.5 minute each. The videos inside the Holocaust painting feature images such as  the February Strike, Nazi anti-semitism in Amsterdam, Westerbork, the Schouwburg, Amsterdam’s Jewish Quarter, the Snoge.

The embedded video sounds are provided by Alon Nechushtan and by Dan Schwartz, musician in the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. Nechushtan’s “Dark Forces” accompanies the Red Light District painting. Schwartz’s recital centers around the February Strike of 1941, which happened in Amsterdam, and was the only direct strike against Nazi occupation, carried out by thousands of Dutch, non-Jews. He field recorded ambient sound from the actual locations where the strike occurred and composed an electronic soundscape.

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MORE ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:


Instead of easy answers, Stations aims to provoke the passions: artistically, spiritually, and ethically. Visitors will be encouraged to take this journey using our custom app, Alight, which offers GPS-enabled maps and podcasts from leading artists and thinkers to guide users on their way.  Each of the 14+1 stations will feature a work of art, whether an existing masterpiece or a new site-specific installation. 

Amsterdam will be the fourth location for the Stations of the Cross project.  It began in London in 2016, with stops including the National Gallery and St. Paul’s Cathedral.  In 2017, it was held in Washington, D.C., with stations at the National Cathedral and across from the Supreme Court. In New York City it will feature The Cloisters (the Metropolitan Museum) and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.  The project is co-founded by Professor Aaron Rosen and the Rev. Dr. Catriona Laing, both based in the US.

The Amsterdam exhibition will be organized by Marleen Hengelaar-Rookmaaker (ArtWay, curator) and Anikó Ouweneel-Tóth (Visio Divina, curator), Rev. Klaas Holwerda (PKN, program director), and Dr. Lieke Wijnia (University of Groningen, education coordinator)

WAYS TO TAKE THE STATIONS TRAIL:

To help you find your way, you can use the map, or download the custom-made app Alight: Art and the Sacred, which will guide you around by GPS. On both our website and app you can find podcasts by leading artists, academics, and clergy that tell you more about each station and its work of art.


Website Stations

London 2016: http://www.coexisthouse.org.uk/stations2016.html 

Washington DC 2017: http://www.coexisthouse.org.uk/stations-2017.html

New York 2018: http://www.artstations.org


 

Interactive installation

by artists Katarzyna Kozera and Yona Verwer.