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The Shape of Evidence

Residencies Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten

Sarphatistraat 470
1018 GW Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 5270300



16 Sep

Time 16 Sep, 20:30 hrs


What is the role of the document, the archive and the museum in today's culture?
How do contemporary artists alter our perception of these phenomena?
These questions, at the heart of The Shape of Evidence will be addressed at the book presentation at the Rijksakademie in collaboration with publisher Valiz on 16th September.
With: Sophie Berrebi, (author of The Shape of Evidence), Wayne Modest (researcher & curator), Arnisa Zeqo (art historian & curator) Wendelien van Oldenborgh (artist) 
When: 16 September 2015, 20.30 h, doors open 19.45 h
Language: English
Entrance: Free
Reservation Required: please email to 
The Shape of Evidence: Contemporary Art and the Document (2015, Amsterdam) examines the role and use of visual documents in contemporary art, looking at artworks in which the document is valued not only as a source of information but also as a distinctive visual and critical form. Based on a close reading of a select number of artworks by contemporary artists such as Fiona Tan, Christopher Williams, Jean-Luc Moulène and Wendelien van Oldenborgh, the book addresses several issues that are key both in art and in general culture today: the role of the museum and the archive, the role of documents and the trust that is placed in them, the circulation of such images and the historical genealogies that can be drawn in relation to images. 
Sophie Berrebi: is a writer, art historian and curator born in Paris and based at the University of Amsterdam. She publishes widely on contemporary art and on the work of Jean Dubuffet, and is on the editorial board of the new journal Stedelijk Studies. Her book The Shape of Evidence was published in 2015 by Valiz.
Wayne Modest: is Head research at the Centre for Material Culture, Tropenmuseum. Previously he was the Keeper of Anthropology at the Horniman Museum and Gardens in London and Director of the Museum of History and Ethnography in Kingston, Jamaica.
Wendelien van Oldenborgh: is an artist whose practice explores social relations through an investigation of gesture in the public sphere. She often uses the format of a public film shoot, collaborating with participants in different scenarios. Her work has been exhibited in numerous solo- and group exhibitions and has won various prizes, among which the Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for Art.
Arnisa Zeqo: is an art historian and curator based in Amsterdam, where she co-founded rongwrong, a space for art and theory in 2011. In 2015 she was curator in residence at Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.
The Shape of Evidence: Contemporary Art and the Document (2015, Amsterdam) is supported by Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and Charema, Fonds voor Kunst en Geschiedenis


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