The Hamburger Community of Art (HCA) is a yearlong artistic development program for emerging artists. During this pilot year, Roodkapje aims to equip the selected artists – as well as the audience – with skills to be resourceful and self-sufficient in assembling diverse voices through training, mentoring and with support in organizing events, presentations and workshops. The HCA will produce and host cultural events, social activities and projects that will be open to all audiences.
The HCA is based on the principles of experimentation, collaboration and developing new artistic practices. Questions we need to ask ourselves are: What can artists learn from each other? How can (young) artists stimulate their development collectively? What can society learn from artists and vice versa?
Roodkapje is excited to introduce to you the residents of Hamburger Community of Art for 2021. These five artists will provide for you the majority of Roodkapje’s program as they stay with us until the end of the year. As COVID heavily impacted our program and residents last year, some of this year’s faces may already be familiar to our loyal visitors. Read more about our HCA residents below or follow them via https://hamburger.community/
Pictures by Julia Vroegh
Expressively painted figures of self-assured black people are playing the lead in Iriée Zamblé’s work. Zamblé puts a magnifying glass upon some of the passengers that pass us daily, but are nonetheless underrepresented in art today. Acquaintances, passengers and friends lay at the base of the paintings. By appropriating details of their appearance, Zamblé shapes a new, bold and vivid figure. Zamblé positions black people as the standard rather than an exception.
Danielle Hoogendoorn works impulsively and associative, and so is her use of materials. Based on her experiences, she tells her stories portrayed by her favourite animals. Animals play and important role in her life and work. They are a means to see how far she can go before the border between art and kitsch is crossed. Even though Daniëlle’s work appears sweet and girly at first sight, things are not always as peaceful as they seem. Through her direct approach she tries to take the formal character of painting and the museum’s white wall out of account, looking to redefine these existing conventions with banality and humour.
Erik Peters is a multidisciplinary artist and designer combining graphic and spatial design with investigative research and speculative storytelling. He creates scenarios, publications and artefacts which explore possible futures in its plurality. Through queering ecology and technology he examines more-than-human perspectives within an ecosystem of interdependencies.
Lavinia Xausa (IT) works, lives and pretends to learn Dutch in Rotterdam. The center of her artistic practice consists in applying semiotics and sacred art research to an ongoing, participatory art practice, by involving groups of people on self analysis and auto-recognition of their own role in history. Shifting through different kinds of media, from photography to moving images, found footage, sound and text, from writing to performance, she aims to reframe the present in the light of ancient narratives well established in the collective memory
Gill Baldwin uses analog and digital methods to explore the biases and behaviours of contemporary digital technology. Her background as an interior architect explores the incorporation of digital technologies within the built environment and their effect on the neighbourhood, the self, and human agency.