25/05/2017 — 28/05/2017
Vijverhofstraat 25

Route du Nord 2017

Central Expo, Vijverhofstraat 25
Open from 12: 00 to 18: 00 hour

Route du Nord is a nomadic art exhibition in Rotterdam Noord, and aims to show art by young and established talent in an accessible environment. Route du Nord 2017 takes place in ZoHo or the Zomerhofkwartier (Central Expo, Route d ”Ambiance) and on Zwart Janstraat and Noordmolenstraat, which together form Noorderboulevard (Boulevard du Nord). Both locations are within walking distance of each other. This year, the Central exhibition is provided by guest curator Piet de Jonge. This year too, the CBK Rotterdam has invited various visual artists to be part of Route du Nord. Their work can be seen in the Central Expo of Route du Nord on Vijverhofstraat 25.

Sander Bokkinga is an architect. Creating his own spaces and universes - on the edge between imagination and reality - is therefore an important part of his work. In recent years, Bokkinga has increasingly been heading the entire autonomous field of work full of urban architectural fables. During Route du Nord he shows GROWING FAT WHILE SLEEPING, in which he has placed a pig in a fictional cash register at the entrance.

Route du Nord 2017 Said
Design for the wall painting of Said Kinos and Nuno Viegas

Said Kinos and Nuno Viegas
Rotterdam-North is bursting with creativity in an increasing infrastructure of studio buildings, project spaces and galleries. Route du Nord is not only part of this but also contributes to connecting these places. Especially for Route du Nord, artists Said Kinos and Nuno Viegas make a painting at the Central Expo, in which that creative infrastructure is depicted. Said Kinos has a background as a graffiti artist and completed the graphic training of the Willem de Kooning Academy. The Portuguese artist Nuna Viegas (aka Metis) has been living and working in Rotterdam since 2014. His work is strongly influenced by graffiti and even a tribute to everyone who devotes himself to the graffiti culture.

Shafelly Snijders and Hester Terpstra (A Lightwork)
The cinematic documentary series Rotterdam Pride Life by filmmaker Shafelly Snijders deals with gender and sexual diversity. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer or transgender, there seems to be a label for every sexual orientation. But whatever characterization it gets, it is often preceded by a deep search for yourself. In Rotterdam Pride Life, three main characters, interviewed by Hester Terpstra, talk about their struggles and the process they went through to dare to become themselves. The triptych is made with a poetic lightness in which the city of Rotterdam is central. For the films, the makers went in search of shapes, colors and buildings in Rotterdam that matched the characters. Against this, the emotional lives of the characters Donya, Isis and Salomon were put central.

Mia Andrésen
At the age of 17, Mia Andrésen left her hometown Kiruna in Sweden. She left Sweden two years later. Due to her work in recent decades as a designer and teacher of fashion and visual arts in Rotterdam, she has not been able to develop her artist process for years. This realization felt like a breaking point, after which she returned to Kiruna to research the history, basis and context of her artist activities with the aim of bringing a new balance to her professional practice. Kiruna is a young, noisy city, isolated on a mountain and surrounded by wilderness. The residents find themselves, just like Andrésen in her personal development, in stages of transformation, discovery and renewal. Her findings are shown in an impressive video work.

Read more about Route du Nord here