“Directed by Desire”

14.05.22 @ 18:00

Rongwrong, Amsterdam

Installation view, Directed by Desire

Iris Touliatou, Happiness, 2018 to 2022 (to Laurie), 2022 Unread email inbox, subscriptions, alerts, software, counters, verses, LCD screen, carton, magnets, loans Dimensions variable (production still)

Eleni Bagaki, Making a film in solitude and in conversation with others, 2019, Fogo Island, Canada. Video flat screen or projection, headphones, dvd player (videostill). Courtesy of the artist and Eleni Koroneou

Myrto Xanthopoulou, πάμε σπίτι / can we go home, 2022, notebook cover, cigarette box paper, 20x29 cm

Installation view, Directed by Desire

Directed by Desire is a collaborative project iterated into a group exhibition conceived and curated by Daphne Vitali and Arnisa Zeqo and taking place in rongwrong, Amsterdam from 15 May to 2 July, 2022. The exhibition brings together the work of mainly women artists and writers based in Greece, Italy and the Netherlands. The works deal with notions of desire, love and exhaustion. The sensitivity of the artists weaves together the personal with the political. The artworks invite us to think about the power of interpersonal relations and their effects in daily life. The exhibition presents both existing and newly commissioned works that move between longings for a person and for human solidarity altogether.

Directed by Desire addresses issues of affect and intimacy in the form of longing, frustration, tiredness, personal turmoil and tensions. These are emotions and situations often felt and experienced on a quotidian basis that determine both everyday lives and artistic creativity. In the exhibition, personal stories and imagined fantasies become strategies to confront the complexities of achievements, failures, self-negation, love, uneasiness, devotion and unfulfillment. Sensual pleasure and desire are sometimes linked with harsh, uneasy and demanding conditions such as distance, disillusionment, abandonments and other forms of emotional difficulties. The artists’ works engage different registers of intimacy and proximity and act as vehicles for emotional engagement.

The title of the exhibition is borrowed from a verse by American poet, intellectual and activist June Jordan (1936 – 2002) who has been an important reference for the curators while thinking of the power of the word and poetic sensibilities in relation to ideas of affect. Τhe artists participating hold a particular relation to language, writing, visual poetry and artists’ books.

Directed by Desire

Curated by: Daphne Vitali, Arnisa Zeqo

Participant artists: Eleni Bagaki, Mirella Bentivoglio, Tomaso Binga, Becket MWN, Quinn Latimer, Aliki Panagiotopoulou, Iris Touliatou, Raffaela Naldi Rossano, Myrto Xanthopoulou.

*Eleni Bagaki, Iris Touliatou and Myrto Xanthopoulou are SNF ARTWORKS Fellows

Rongwrong, Amsterdam
Binnen Bantammerstraat 2, 1011CK, Amsterdam

Opening: May 14th , 6-8pm –during Amsterdam Art Week
Duration: May 15 – July 2, 2022
Fridays and Saturdays 14:00 – 18:00 or by appointment

More info: http://www.rongwrong.org/

The exhibition is made possible with the support of NEON Organization for Culture and Development.