Screening I am a tool of gentrification. Noord by Lyubov Matyunina

The transforming city
March 9, 2019

Location: Plan B, Hamerstraat 22 Amsterdam

Screening loops from 17.00, performance starts at 19.00

Artists: Lyubov Matyunina
TAAK in collaboration with LIMA and Plan B

Social Capital was realised with the financial support of Mondriaan Fonds, Amsterdam Fonds voor de kunst, and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Noord-Holland.


LIMA and TAAK are happy to invite you to the screening of Lyubov Matyunina's I am a tool of gentrification: Noord. In the eight years that she lived in Amsterdam, 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 Lyubov Matyunina investigates the complexity of gentrification, but also speculates on positive alternatives for the art and artists.

In I am a tool of gentrification.Noord, concepts of anti-squat, squatting, and artist-run spaces unfold. This edition is realised in collaboration with DOP: Konstantin Guz. Tap dance performance: Doortje Peters; drumming and skating: Kevin Schuit & Efrem Angela; music: Matthias Ingiberg Sigurðsson; sound mixing: Mert Gençer.

Social Capital
This project is part of Social Capital, a multi-year art programme initiated by TAAK. Within this programme, TAAK invites artists to critically reflect on the rapidly changing city and to negotiate new relationships between art, local networks and heritage.