THE KIDS ARE
ALRIGHT PT. II
Group show by THE CONSTANT NOW
and Please Add Color
with Amber Dewaele, Benjamin Mengistu Navet,
Darius Dolatyari-Dolatdoust and Pris Roos
Curators: Magali Elali and Kevin Kotahunyi
Fuggerstraat 26, Antwerp
Open Thurs-Sun | 2-6 pm
Opening night Wed, Jan 12 | 6-9pm with performance by Darius Dolatyari-Dolatdoust
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.
BENJAMIN MENGISTU NAVET
The main focus of the weavings and practice of Benjamin Mengistu Navet (°1994, Addis-Abeba, Ethiopia) is on creating a dialogue between industry and craftsmanship, in order to question the production process of objects. Based on research in post-colonial practices in the field of fashion and textiles, he is currently investigating his own Ethiopian background through pattern making and combining traditional with industrial techniques. Navet is born in Ethiopia. He grew up in France, and arrived in Belgium to study Fashion Design at La Cambre (Brussels) and Textile Design at the KASK School of Arts (Ghent).
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.
Young designer Amber Dewaele (°1997, Bruges, Belgium) creates functional furniture that tells a story and conveys emotions. Her work is as much inspired by color, materiality and technique, as it it by a sense of childish wonder and fascination for light, air, sunsets, starry skies, rainbows and Northern Light. It’s this juxtaposition between the natural and artificial world that adds tension to her serene yet playful creations, but also reveals the complexity behind them.