FREETOWN, Art village at Fire Is Gold
An initiative of The Constant Now and
S.M.A.K. Museum for Contemporary Art.
FREETOWN is an art village that brings the work of 12 artists to the festival Fire is Gold in Antwerp on September 3rd. The goal is to introduce a young crowd to contemporary art by showing a mix of photography, performances, installations and workshops. FREETOWN is about tracing kinship between artistic practices, cultures and individuals.
Darius Dolatyari-Dolatdoust (°1994, Chambéry, France) is an artist, performer and designer with French, Iranian, Polish and German roots. He has developed a visual and conceptual language throughout various studies and built research on the body in movement. To put on his costumes and artwork is to dialogue with heritage and history, big or small; it is to dance in the past. In his performances, costumes dissolve, change and modify the dancer's body. And while a new reality exists, a fictional body emerges. He creates to speak of rituals of life and death and to re-understand borders: his identity, his territory.
Pris Roos (°1984, Rhenen, The Netherlands) is an artist, curator, researcher and storyteller. As a child, she grew up in the toko of her family who emigrated from Indonesia. The toko (Indonesian for shop) symbolises a space of togetherness, colours, smells, food, stories, and a mixture of people from different backgrounds. It inspires her art, from painting, spoken word, video, and performance to installation. By focusing on observation and carefully listening to the people she meets, she reflects on identity, migration, and memory.
THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT is a two-part group show that tackles the stereotypes of today’s youth. By focusing on heritage, representation, sexuality, and childhood memories, young artists shed light on these complex matters, which are both personal and universal. The project is a collaboration with Please Add Color. PT I took place in May 2021.
Today’s society is colorful and diverse, and THE CONSTANT NOW’s goal is to reflect exactly that while celebrating local artists and organisations. The non-profit art space in Antwerp curated by Magali Elali offers a varied programme of exhibitions, projects and events.