Mission Nose Out
A voyage of discovery, an encounter, an art project
Research (as told by Dr. Thornicroft) shows, that prejudices are best contested through open encounter. Certainly, celebrities can play a pioneering role here: Lady Gaga and Prince William speak in public about their mental health issues. Artists in their own right are the guardians of open and free thinking: Art is above every opinion. Art rarely identifies itself with a political point of view, but investigates a situation with an open and curious attitude.
In this project, we want to bring together students from the Rietveld Academy and Status Holders with an art background, all from various countries and send them on a voyage of discovery, to places and experiences they have never been to before, in the Netherlands. But these are no mere weekend trips: The students and artists form couples and go out on their own, go on a journey, meet other people, discover special places in Amsterdam and beyond and work together on a new art project that originates from these voyages of discovery. The various cultural backgrounds play a decisive role here. After all, the gaze of a newcomer can be so enlightening! Both the Status Holders and students of the Rietveld Academy come from countries from all over the world.
Both groups will share their experiences with each other, exchange ideas and work equally on their artworks that will be shown after completion at House Beautiful Distress.
We are curious about new perspectives and insights, about the individual reactions of students and Status Holders to each other, and to the expected wealth of disciplines. There are photographers, dancers and fashion designers, artists and product designers. Where the Rietveld Academy is seen as a free-spirited place with an emphasis on the development of conceptual-autonomous artistry, we expect a more classical education in art from the Status Holders. But is that true, and how will this be expressed in the joint projects? Amsterdam has developed a unique approach to guide newcomers with the Entrée Team. Status Holders are personally coached to help people on their way to work and an education that suits them and that they like. Sometimes it fits in with what they already did in the home country, sometimes a new step is taken. With this individual-oriented approach, Amsterdam is very successful, the results are very good; Status Holders integrate much faster than in other cities, they find their place and make a new start. Municipalities from all over Europe visit Amsterdam to hear about this approach.
This project has equivalence and curiosity as starting points.From different backgrounds students and New Amsterdamers (all artists) are working together in this project. Both the Status Holders and the Rietveld students come from all parts of the world and are now temporarily or permanently in the Netherlands. All are young, and with an artistic background.
Art is the connecting factor.
Deelnemende kunstenaars: Mazen Al Ashkar, Dora Lionstone, Nazar Haji, Luca Penning, Shreya Desouza, Yara Said, Alizé Esnault Wachthausen, Muhanad Rasheed, Roua, Aurelie Sorriaux , Mohammed Hassan, Ju An Hsieh, Marta Capilla, Sofie Bredholt