Something Other Than a Thing

16 February - 3 March at PuntWG
Iqra Tanveer, Leonrdiansyah Allenda and Ehsan Ul Haq

Opening date: Saturday 16th Feb 2019 — 15:00 till 18:00 hrs
Finissage (Talk and Lunch): Sunday 3rd March 2019 @ 12:00-15:00
Opening times: Saturday-Sunday 14:00 — 18:00 hrs

Something other than a thing here reflects to a state of being, a state of being of a “thing” for a particular moment in time. Neglecting and rejecting preconceived ideas and perceptions of what it has been. It is a departure from its former state of existence and its ascendance or descendance to a new state in such a way that it becomes something else. It becomes something more or less than what it has been. This transience in ascendance or descendance is not a way to reject all what this “something” can be, but taking a brief pause from its formers states in order to find new potentials that are not affected by its previous perceptions and meaning.

The project ‘Something other than a thing’ is an effort to take a flight from rationales of everyday mundane plane of life and strip away all the logics, functionalities and usefulness of the “thing” in order to approach this “something”. This idea is explored by the artists to create works that reflect this transient nature of being.

The project ‘something other than a thing’ also includes a public Lunch-Talk. This event marks the finissage of the on-going show in the form of a performative talk. During this event the artists will cook for the public as a hospitable offering to initiate a collective discussion that extends from the initiation of the project to the recipes cooked and their origin. For this Lunch-Talk the artists invite everyone to become a part of this communicative process, which embodies cooking, eating, talking and exchanging thoughts about art and everything around it.

‘Something other than a thing’ is a collaborative project between artists, Iqra Tanveer, Leonrdiansyah Allenda and Ehsan Ul Haq.

Ehsan Ul Haq born in 1983 in Lahore, Pakistan, works with sculptural forms that question their own inherent content, making, and object hood. Stripping away their histories, their functionality, and context, he engages the viewer with a new guidebook of perceptions for existing objects/meanings. His notable exhibitions include “Survival kit” annual contemporary art festival in Riga Latvia, “An Age of Our Own Making” Images festival Holbaek, Denmark 2016, “Back in 5 minutes”, Martin Van Zomeren, Amsterdam Netherlands, “No Real Body”: 3rd Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, Yekaterinburg Russia 2015, “VOID: there’s nothing more left, but a little trace from human beings”, Ginkgo Space, Beijing China, Moscow International Biennale For Young Art, Moscow 2012, and ‘The Rising Tide’ at the Mohatta Palace Museum, Pakistan 2010. He has been a resident artist at Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten 2014-2015.He is currently a recipient of “Werkbijdrage Bewezen Talent” from Mondriaan Fonds Netherlands.

Iqra Tanveer born in 1983, Karachi, Pakistan is currently based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Working with video, photo and objects in her installations, Tanveer has participated in several group and solo exhibitions across Pakistan, India, UAE, Italy and Hong Kong and Netherlands. She has recently completed her residency program at Rijksakademie van Beeldende kunsten,Netherlands ,2017.She has been a participant in Colombo biennale,Sri lanka, 2016 and a part of the exhibition “Whorled Explorations” at Kochi Muziris Biennial, India. She has also exhibited her works at Moscow Museum of Modern Art in a solo show titled Between Earth and Sky.

Leonardiansyah Allenda born in 1984, In Indonesia. Allenda’s practice intertwines notion of art, agency, interior and other designs, centered to the body and perception of space in addressing his personal inquiries on infrastructure of cultural and capital values. Allenda has recently completed the Rijksakademie residency in 2017. His work was presented in solo show Bertimbang Taruh, at Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Some group exhibitions include, Asian Art Biennial, National Museum of Fine Art, Taichung, Taiwan; Kathmandu Triennale, ‘The City’, Nepal; Jogja Calling, 4A Center for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney, Australia; Biennale Jakarta, ‘Maju Kena Mundur Kena’, Jakarta; ‘High Water’ Fukutake house project, Shodoshima, Japan.

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