I AM A TOOL OF GENTRIFICATION. WEST. LYUBOV MATYUNINA

May 23, 2019 — May 23, 2019

Start: 19.30

Location: Broedplaats HW10, Hendrik van Wijnstraat 10, Amsterdam

Artists Social Capital #2 Amsterdam-West: Lyubov Matyunina, Julika Rudelius, Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec in collaboration with DNK Ensemble; bart en klaar
Curators: Petra Heck, Theo Tegelaers

Social Capital #2 Amsterdam-West is supported by the Mondriaan Fund, the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, and the Prins Bernhard Culture Fund in Noord-Holland. With thanks to LAB111, HW10 and De Hallen.



In the eight years that she lived in Amsterdam, Lyubov Matyunina (1985, Kaliningrad, Russia) observed how the city changed from culturally-oriented to market-driven. She noted that artists often play a central role in gentrification processes but eventually have to clear the field. Could artists also permanently fulfill social functions in neighbourhoods, she wonders. And, could city development not only be profitable to the market, but also to the creative sector? These questions form the starting point for a series of experimental documentaries in different parts of Amsterdam in which Matyunina investigates the complexity of gentrification, but also speculates on positive alternatives for the art and artists. The Amsterdam-West edition will focus on broedplaatsen like Lely and WOW and analyses the functioning of theses place in neighbourhoods were housing price are rapidly rising.

I am a tool of gentrification. West will have its premiere as part of Social Capital #2 Amsterdam-West in Broedplaats HW10 on Thursday May 23 at 19.30. The three editions about North, Centre and West will subsequently be on view at LIMA in the exhibition space of LAB111, from May 24 to June 30.

Read more about Social Capital #2. Amsterdam-West.

Click here for the full programme on May 23 and 24 2019