Exhibition ‘Free Radicals’: January 19 until March 30, 2019 at CBK Zuidoost, Anton de Komplein 120 Amsterdam Bijlmer.
Artists: Tyna Adebowale (Nigeria), Raul Balai (NL), Stacey Gillian Abe (Uganda), Jimini Hignett (UK/NL), Patricia Kaersenhout (NL), John Kamicha (Kenya), Ephrem Solomon Tegegn (Ethiopia) and Mariëlle Videler (NL).
Artist Talk: Saturday February 2nd 2-4pm (2019) with Tyna Adebowale, Jimini Hignett, Patricia Kaersenhout and Ephrem Solomon Tegegn by Babah Tarawally (English spoken)
Free Radicals is a term used in chemistry. They are elements which are produced by the immune system to eliminate bacteria and viruses. Under normal circumstances they are removed by the body itself, but when there are too many free radicals, the body has a problem, as this results in disharmony and imbalance within it and there is a heightened possibility of a disease occurring.
In this exhibition, Free Radicals are viewed as positive elements which attack bacteria and viruses. That is to say, these artists expose societal wrongs and have a radical way of working to tackle them. They respond to disharmony and imbalance in contemporary society. They do so in their own manner, within their own context, and based on their own backgrounds.
We call them Free Radicals because they are not afraid to challenge assumptions and conventions; because they are innovative minds who turn stereotypes upside down; because they are strong personalities who dare to be different, to the extent of sometimes even risking their own safety in order to proclaim their own truth. They are ground-breaking, or have a radical approach in their artistic practices.
With some artists, these aspects are immediately clear upon seeing their work, with others it is more subtle. In these turbulent times, freedom of expression can still not be taken for granted.