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Annelys de Vet
What makes living in Warsaw meaningful? What are the issues at stake; both the poetry as the misery, the personal and the political?
Subjective Atlas Editions is a publishing initiative that develops and disseminates bottom-up engaged mapping publications. In collaboration with local communities, an expanding series of subjective atlases is being made. These volumes are mapping a country, region or geo-political entity on a personal way by the inhabitants themselves. During workshops with local cultural institutes, artists, designers, photographers and architects are invited to map their country, environment, daily live or social concerns from their own perspective. Personal involvement is the starting point to produce human, unconventional and fair images. The maps, graphs, inventories, flags and drawings as a whole expose the consequences of political change, but discreetly, implicitly, and not as a goal. The publications show, above all, a complex reality that is often blinded by too simplistic media images. This powerful series of alternative, copyright-free cartographies can serve as an inspiring, publicly available tool to critically question the apparently objective.
Annelys de Vet (1974, NL) is a Belgium based designer, curator and initiator. De Vet’s work explores the role of design in relation to the public and political discourse. She has headed the MA in Design ‘Think Tank for Visual Strategies’ at the Sandberg Instituut from 2009 to 2019 and is currently developing a temporary masters program in design in conflicted realities with a focus on Palestine, and conducting a PhD in the same field at the University of Antwerp. She is the founding and artistic director of the thought provoking design label Disarming Design from Palestine, generating useful products from Palestine that spread alternative narratives about life under occupation. Since 2003, she has initiated Subjective Editions that map countries from a human perspective; including Subjective Atlas of Palestine (2007), Subjective Atlas of Colombia (2015), Subjective Atlas of Brussels (2018) and Subjective Atlas of Pakistan (2018). She co-curated the exhibition Unmapping the World (2014) on critical contemporary mapping practices, for the ExperimentaDesign Biennale, Lisbon, Portugal and for the international Graphic Design Festival in Chaumont (2015). More: www.bureaudevet.be, www.disarmingdesign.com
It’s a few months of art activities, active learning, and exchange of know-how, tools, and history.
It’s a socially engaged art programme for young creators of various cultural backgrounds.
It’s a shared art experience focused on work in an intercultural group.
It’s a reflection on social accountability for being together.
The Open Institute offers a training and art programme with workshops for migrant communities. The project will revolve around art aimed at eliminating the division into “we” and “they” when it comes to foreigners as well as at building a common social identity as part of art activities.
The work of the Open Institute will be crowned with a performative installation exhibited at Zygmunt Hübner Powszechny Theatre in Warsaw on the turn of November and December 2019. It’ll be an experience consisting of original performative and visual works of all Institute’s participants, often their very first ones.