I AM A TOOL OF GENTRIFICATION. WEST. LYUBOV MATYUNINA
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. Open daily: 12.00 - 22.00. Free entrance
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Lyubov Matyunina (1985, Russia) holds BA from Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Fine Art, VAV, Amsterdam, NL. She previously visited courses “World politics” at Gotland University, Sweden, and at International State University Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Moscow and holds MA at Journalism from Russian State University name of I.Kant. Her solo show 'Carpetologia' was presented at W139, Amsterdam (2017). Her last film-carpet was part of the ART Rotterdam 2018; Who can be happy and free? (2014) got TENT Academy Public Choice Award in Rotterdam (2014) and was selected for main program at the 'KOROCHE film festival in Kaliningrad, Russia (2014). Participant of group exhibitions and festivals including ART Rotterdam (2018); 'Post Peace' at Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart (2016); 5'th Moscow biennial of contemporary art (special project Plaing Nature) (2013), Komentatorki / Women Commentators festival of Russian & Ukraine art in Warsaw (2014), Group show 'Selected' at the Castrum Peregrini in Amsterdam (2014), 'No Lands Man' group show in de PUNT, Amsterdam (2013) and Kunstvlaai festival of independents, Amsterdam (2012).