14 Mar
"Tongues" Exhibition Opening
March 14, 2024

Time: 18h - 21:30h          Free entrance

Amsterdam Noord has a unique history of multiculturalism. It hosted a shipyard that built ships which travelled all over the world (NDSM), and brought many migrant workers from different origins in the post-war period. Making use of the implications of this unique location, Treehouse NDSM has developed the exhibition Tongues.

Searching for home and a sense of self, in Tongues eleven artists explore how they view these issues by responding to a written text that is important to their sense of belonging or un-belonging. Together, these texts and artworks will form a new narrative, a new tongue that speaks to a broader sense of home, community and identity in an increasingly multicultural society.


19h | Welcoming speech

19h15 | Tour of the exhibition given by the participating artists

20h15 | Music Performance“Aurora de Nueva York en Soledad”, inspired by two poems by Federico Garcia Lorca, performed by Ainhoa Pérez Echepare and Álvaro Rey de Viñas.

During the Opening, our resident Vegan Bear Chef will offer a homey culinary experience inspired by traditional Italian family Sundays and memories of his beloved "nonna Pina" (grandma Pina):  Take your spot on the shared table to try the toasted bread with tomatoes and fresh ricotta (starter), gnocchi with tomato sauce (main dish) and panna cotta with cherry coulis (dessert).

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Can Bora, Susanna Brenner, Anthea Bush, Finn Caird, Rika Maja Duevel, Randy Fokke, Alexandra Freye, Britt Geerdink, Lorena Rode, Polina Shuvalova, Dejana Vuckovic Simovic, Ainhoa Pérez Echepare and Álvaro Rey de Viñas.

Aurora de Nueva York en Soledad is a performance inspired by Federico García Lorca’s poems. Ainhoa and Álvaro transform these poems into songs and improvise with their material to expand their structure and meaning. What initially appears as a simple and innocent song, gradually evolves and deconstructs into a profound auditory journey.

Utilising oboe, English horn, voice, and live electronic music, the performance integrates these elements seamlessly with images of Federico García Lorca's drawings. These drawings date back to his time in New York, where he was deeply affected by the city's harshness and dehumanisation. 

The performance combines music, singing, spoken word, and visuals to convey the artists' experience of language through Lorca's experience of living abroad.


/ This exhibition is made possible by the contribution of Amsterdamse Fonds voor de Kunst./

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