This book was made by Nuummi. She is an artist who makes drawings and writes poems. While Nuummi tries to live off of her art, her body is working hard to keep her healthy. And things can get pretty rough. Bacteria are constantly bugging each other and T-cells launch the attack. Both in Nuummi’s inner and outer bubble, the battle for survival is a turbulent ride.
Generously, the Netherlands lent the Rietveld Pavilion to Estonia for the Venice Biennale. But we could not prevent the work of one of our guests being censored. What does real engagement actually look like?
Niekolaas J. Lekkerkerk’s essay on the primary function of art as a means of finding one’s inscription into contemporaneity, seeks to connect geopolitical turmoil, the Corona pandemic, ecological breakdown, the Black Lives Matter movement, uprising against dictatorships and the enduring migrant crises to the activistic inadequacy of the art workers brigade.
The Practice of assembles multiple first-person experiences taken from the Dutch art field. Based on true stories, these experiences expose various dilemmas and dogmas that exist in the production and presentation of art. Shaped around a collective first person ‘I’, this publication aims to offer insight in the interests at play in the predominantly hierarchical closed-circuit of the Dutch art field, and extends an invitation to third parties to become involved. Through the figure of the ‘I’, the question is raised of whether artists and art institutions have presumptuously assumed their position, and explores opportunities to vacate these positions in favour of new attitudes and models. The Practice of voices its stake in matters of fair pay and remuneration structures, exclusion and inclusion, homogeneity and heterogeneity, authorship and individuality versus the possibilities of democratized and collective practices.