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The Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam exhibits at the Venice Biennale 2009
Tadeusz Kantor.
VENICE.- Venice Biennale hosts Rietveld Arsenale, an exhibition of exceptional, new photography and moving image installations by alumni of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. For the first time, the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in the Netherlands is exhibiting at the Venice Biennale with an outstanding collection of work from its international student body. Employing the mediums of photography and video, the Rietveld Arsenale exhibition will showcase the diversity and high quality of artists who have had the fortune to study at one of the best Dutch Art Schools. Located in the colossal dockyard of the Arsenale in Venice, the exhibition will offer an insight into the most up-to-date trends in art in the Netherlands.

Rietveld Arsenale will consist of two exhibitions in one, exploring the mediums of photography and video art, and is a tribute to the talent that the school produces at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Daya Cahen, Idan Hayosh, Marianne Vierø and Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky are some of the most promising recent graduates to have the opportunity to exhibit their new work alongside the world renowned photographers to have emerged from the art school. Work from established photographers Rineke Dijkstra, Charlotte Dumas, Paul Kooiker, Celine van Balen and Johannes Schwartz will be on display at the Arsenale. The photography division of Rietveld Arsenale will explore a variety of themes, from the suggestive and manipulative powers of the media, to the question and role of fiction within reality, and will demonstrate the ongoing excellence of the department over the last 25 years.

In conjunction with the photographic exhibition at the Arsenale, The One Minutes foundation will be exhibiting its latest collective video installations; The One Minute Train and City One Minutes. Launched at the Sandberg Instituut in1998, The One Minutes is a worldwide project that since its inception, has allowed postgraduate artists the opportunity to demonstrate the freedom they can achieve within the limitation of a one minute video. The One Minute Train, captures a fleeting journey across continents, allowing the viewer to explore the strange and unknown.

The second installation, City One Minutes, is a collaborative work composed of hundreds of videos by artists from all around the world, which document and reveal city life. Videos from six cities will be previewed at this year’s Rietveld Arsenale, the final selection of 120 portraits will be exhibited at the World Expo Shanghai 2010. For further details on the Rietveld Arsenale visit www.rietveldarsenale.nl

The Artists
Daya Cahen (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) - Daya Cahen’s work investigates the suggestive and manipulative powers of the media. Representation of political icons, symbols of power, and foremost the functioning of propaganda play an important role. Cahen is interested in the interaction between the media and the spectator, how images are perceived and how they influence our views. Important aspects of Daya’s work are the extracting, quoting, re-using and redefining recognizable images, which can raise doubt about their original meaning or the interpretation of that meaning. By linking the political with the everyday and personal, combining archive material with contemporary images and blurring the border between fact and fiction, the complexity of manipulation by the media is explored. Cahen uses different media such as photography, video, found footage, newspapers and the internet, often turning to subjects that are very difficult to obtain access to.

Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky (Bern, Switzerland) - Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky's unusual photography is all about playing games. It's about imagination and free association. Yet these games are not like the ones we played when we were children. Though Kovacovsky's pictures and collages can be viewed as playful or funny, there is a distinct feel of gravity to them. The artist herself seems to take her work very seriously, just as a child would take his games very seriously. With her pictures, Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky shows us a glimpse of a world that is our own invention. This unreal universe is caught in the borders of a photograph, never to exist outside of the moment that Kovacovsky took the picture.

Marianne Vierø (Copenhagen, Denmark) - Marianne Vierø works primarily in the field of photography and installation, usually as one inseparable entity, where even the flat surface of the photograph expresses spatial properties. Ambiguity of status and the distance between ideal and illusion are returning themes in her work. Through continuous examination of structures, patterns and a subtle distortion of perceptual preconceptions, she investigates constructs of meaning. Vierø's work often involves laborious processes of which the effect is almost unnoticeable. She utilises ordinary and mundane objects, but presents them in contexts that invite a renegotiation of our premise for understanding them, and seem to suggest that the most significant differences should be found in the smallest details.

Idan Hayosh (Tel Aviv, Israel) - Evolving over a period of several years Idan’s process of working is a reaction both directly and indirectly in response to visual Images whose essences convey striking visual conductivity. Most interesting to the artist are aggressive and intimidating Images which imply danger suggested in their inherent symbolic (and actual) function, or further, through their elaborate arrangement. Searching for the confrontation and threat in images, Idan seeks and collects those that qualify as visually striking. Inspired from these collected images, he constructs temporary sculptures and stage them for video pieces as well as install them in a space. An integral part of this construction is the synergy between the image and its own sound amplified but otherwise unaltered. The sound always used is a recording of the objects composing the work.

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