Ways of Working, According to an Office Desk


Ways of Working, According to an Office Desk

Exhibition from 12 April – 3 May 2014

Venue: Upominki, Kapelstraat 32, 3024CH, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

I am in the studio, it is admin time. I open the mailbox, there is a new message from the photographer that documented my latest exhibition. He has provided the images of my work in tiff format only, so I convert the set to low-res jpegs in order to update my website and portfolio accordingly. Then I forward an earlier video work from 2008, via WeTransfer, to an artist-run space in Brussels. They are hosting a symposium on ‘Clean Aesthetics,’ but I won’t attend since my travel expenses cannot be reimbursed through “sudden budget limitations.” At the same time – upload time estimated at 2 hours and 41 minutes – I try to work through a pile of receipts I kept from my short residency in Riga earlier this year, as VAT returns are due in two days. Can I declare food and drink costs? The studio visit that was planned for later this afternoon was cancelled by the curator, and instead I spend some time on Facebook and Mousse Magazine’s website, rather than starting to read “Bells and Whistles: More Speculative Realism” by Graham Harman. Supposedly, this text could inform a new series of work… I leave the studio. I am taking over a shift from a colleague at the espresso bar… 

The group exhibition, curated by Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk, brings together works by Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan, Céline Berger, Dina Danish, Jakup Ferri, David Horvitz, Sally O’Reilly and Colin Perry, and revolves around the question: “How to profess, rather than how to professionalise?”

Organised in the framework of Oblique International and hosted by Upominki, Rotterdam.


Exhibition overview

From left to right:

David Horvitz, Sally O’Reilly and Colin Perry, Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan


Exhibition overview

 From left to right: Dina Danish, Jakup Ferri


Exhibition overview

 From left to right: Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan, Dina Danish, Jakup Ferri


Exhibition overview

 From left to right: Sally O’Reilly and Colin Perry, Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan



 Sally O’Reilly and Colin Perry, Do I Really Look Like That?, 2011

video, colour, stereo, 35’37’’

 Courtesy of the artists



 David Horvitz, Deprofessionalize, 2014

poster stack, A2 posters, design by MyLinh Nguyen

 Courtesy of the artist and Chert, Berlin



 Dina Danish, Names of Artists, 2006

ongoing, pen-on-paper, dimensions variable

 Courtesy of the artist and Barbara Seiler Galerie, Zurich



 Anca Benera and Arnold Estefan, I work, therefore I’m Not, 2012

ongoing, mixed media installation

 Courtesy of the artists


Exhibition overview / Detail

 Céline Berger, Rare birds in these lands, 2013

video, HD, 16:9, black & white, stereo, 10’51’’

 Courtesy of the artist

Courtesy The Office for Curating, Rotterdam and Oblique International, Rotterdam

Photography credit: Ghislain Amar / White Project




Posted by Rosita Giammarino