Meschac Gaba and Ade
Darmawan, artists from Benin and Indonesia, respectively,
play the leading role on this web site. Both have further developed
their work at the Rijksakademie van
beeldende kunsten in a two-year
working period. Bewegingen reveals the “journey” and
the movements around the art (profession) of these artists. It lays
bare a large worldwide network of contacts and initiatives around
them and the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten.
After a working period at the Rijksakademie, (non-western) artists
sometimes opt to remain in the Netherlands. Meschac Gaba, by now
renowned artist, is one such example. He is an important player within
both Dutch and international artistic circles. Because he maintains
strong bonds with his country of origin he is also a shining example
and is a source of inspiration for artists there.
The non-western policy of the Rijksakademie also has wider effects.
Other artists, after their working period, return to their country of
origin where they spread the knowledge, contacts and experience they
have acquired by teaching or, for example, by establishing their own
artists’ platform, such as Ade Darmawan with the ruangrupa initiative
Within the framework of the collaboration via RAIN
Network, the Rijksakademie supports artists in giving shape to their
plans, with fund-raising and presentations.
The non-western policy of the academy not only affects the development
of the individual artists, it also reinforces local infrastructures
in non-western countries and the emancipation of non-western art in
a global perspective.
With thanks to: Ade Darmawan, Alexandra and Meschac Gaba, Cemeti
Art Gallery, Galerie Schone Kunsten | Haarlem, Africaserver, Edith
Gertrude Flentge, Rijksakademie, all partners in RAIN.
Tekst, vsual editing: Pinque Bueters