The importance of the park is celebrated nationwide on May 25. The Rembrandtpark plays a big role in the novel Witte vlag. The characters seek refuge and fight about their marriage. If you happen to be around that day, you are invited to sit on Elzbieta’s bench and listen to a bit of Witte vlag. The reading by Emily starts at 10:00 am. Duration is one hour.
The Book Lovers presents the first (pop-up) bookstore dedicated exclusively to artist novels. The bookstore is hosted by de Appel arts centre and run by Buchhandlung Walther König. For the first time the novels will not only be on display for public’s perusal, but also available for sale, fulfilling in this way the public dimension inherent to the novel format. In addition to this, the full collection of artist novels will be on display, borrowed for the occasion from MuHKA in Antwerp.
The novel Witte vlag by Emily Kocken is part of the collection and will also be present in the store.
There will be an accompanying public program of performances. The opening will be on 28 January.
Opening 28 January 18:00 – 21:00
Among others: Jaap Blonk, avant-garde composer and performance artist, reads an excerpt from Guy de Cointet’s novel Espahor Ledet Ko Uluner! and Mark Geffriaud (photo) performs A New Refutation of Time.
1 February 14:00 – 21:00
Performance Simultaneous by Heman Chong, artist, curator and writer.
Emily will answer questions about using autobiographic data in one’s art practice. How much do we need to know about an artist in order to understand and appreciate the work?
The Maiden Element focuses on the force and fragility of femininity and womanhood, an universal theme that is celebrated on Women’s Day all over the world. Young women have fought for a better fate in the past, and in many ways they still have to. The Maiden Element wants to be a silent witness of this process, sharing private categories defined by the artist that are highly autobiographical.
The project was developed in close cooperation with a small circle of young girls. Emily created an intimate workspace in the studio with each model, while the mother or father was present. Sharing private categories with every girl she exposed her own childhood little by little.
13 March from 18:00 – 21:00
C&H art space
2de Kostverlorenkade 50
1053 SB Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 753 09 64 ch-artspace.com