In the midst of today’s pregnant questions about migration and shelter, WOW Amsterdam presents a duo-installation in the Vertical Gallery from 2 October, featuring work by Doris Jongerius (A Sense of Home) and Tinca Veerman (Climb Down the Trail Tonight).
Jongerius’ series of photographs documents the miserable situation that asylum seekers face in temporary shelter in the Amsterdam Bijlmer district, using straightforward and unembellished images that show a bare, hopeless world. Veerman’s work consists of a long screen-printed banner with pieces of clothing depicted in a subtle reference to the suffering of refugees. As individual works, they prompt their own sets of emotions; by bringing them together, they reinforce one another and connect the viewer to the work in a new, fresh way.
The Vertical Gallery at WOW, which also serves as stairwell, comprises five floors in the old school building and forms an exciting and different exhibition space for modern art and fashion. The Gallery is an interesting challenge for the artists: Jongerius and Veerman use the spectator’s constantly changing sightlines with a design that plays with height.
Doris Jongerius graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Art in The Hague and has been published in outlets such as NRC Next. Her work was exhibited in the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and various galleries. She is supported by the Young Artfund Amsterdam, through which A Sense of Home was made possible.
Tinca Veerman studied at the Department for Autonomous Art at ArtEZ in Arnhem. After graduation, she regularly worked at the Frans Masereel Centre for graphic techniques in Kasterlee, Belgium. Veerman ran the Luveable Nurse label and has lived in Amsterdam since 1994, where she works as a visual artist and is linked to the Amsterdam Graphic Atelier.
Runs 2 October until 15 November 2015. Free entry. Open every day from 10am to 6pm. Keep up to date on Facebook.