“Ik gaf gisterenavond een presentatie bij de Rotary Nijmegen-Zuid over mijn tijd in Leeuwarden en ik overhandigde hier het vaantje van Oldehove aan de (interim-)voorzitter van de club. Dus die is goed terecht gekomen. Het was goede presentatie en heel gezellig”.
The following article was published in a German newspaper:
Drie weken lang waren elf kunstenaars uit verschillende landen in en rond Leeuwarden in de weer met het maken van een kunstwerk. Het was het resultaat van een initiatief dat de vier Leeuwarder Rotaryclubs namen zodra bekend werd dat hun stad in 2018 Culturele Hoofdstad van Europa zou zijn.
In hetzelfde schuitje
Martina van de Gey 2018
A boy rowing his boat over the Ganges
in the early morning, the pyres are still
burning on the shore, men are washing
clothes and the faithful are bathing in the river.
The oars of the boat dive into the water, reflecting
the dull light of the sun.
A canoe with teenagers in colorful sportswear
appears and thwarts the direction of the boat
on the Ganges. These are students who train
on the canal in Leeuwarden early in the
morning and now seemingly paddle along
the sacred river with the Indian boy.
Leeuwarden and Varanasi separate
exactly 8105 kilometers, India lies in a different
time zone and in the holiest city of the
Hindus on the Ganges there is a completely
foreign culture for us.
Even if the distance between the two places
is large and the cultures could not be more
different, we are all connected with the eternal water
circulation around the globe
and people face the same challenges
of a dramatically changing world: global
warming and rising sea levels threaten our
very existence and we need to solve the problems
globally – we are all in the same boat,
in hetzelfde schuitje.
Foto, Video, Copyright: Martina van de Gey
It was a relaxed evening with artists, host families and volunteer helpers at Stania State in Oentsjerk. We had a fine evening with nice food and lovely company. But, it was also a goodbye to you artists!
Some of them still will see each other in the weekend, for others it was a kind of saying goodbye.
Volunteers: without you this project could not succeed. Thanks to the host families: because of you, the artists could feel at home.
Artists: thank you for your energy and impressions you brought us and we could enjoy your great artwork.
Katarzyna Banaszkiewicz, head of the Political – Economic Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in the Netherlands visited the AIR exhibition. Kamila Elżbieta Wolszczak (from Poland) left on the photo, right side: Doet Boersma, initiator of this international project.
Uit verschillende hoeken van de wereld zijn kunstenaars naar Leeuwarden gekomen. Fotografen, beeldende kunstenaars en schilders kijken ze met hun eigen achtergrond naar Fryslân. Ze laten zich door onze provincie inspireren tot het maken van nieuwe schilderijen, installaties en bouwwerken.
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My artistic career began some 25 years ago and during this period has revolved around several fundamental axes, and despite feeling like a sculptor I have specialized in different media. Because for me the fundamental thing is to work with an idea, hence I look for the most appropriate means to carry out and express my idea. So the support can reach a steel sculpture of 9 meters, to a video, a collage, or a conventional canvas.
In Leeuwarden I’m using photography to get closer to the history of the region and its relationship with the Friesian cow, using different means and resources to develop a two-dimensional and mixed work between collage and painting. That goes from figurative to abstract.
The project is based on documenting a day of the Powergree farm, a farm with 150 heads of pure Holsteins cattle, where the day starts at 3 in the morning with the milking of the cows. In addition Powergree produces its own energy through a bio generate, which is capable of general enough energy to sell 80% of its output to the community, which makes it double efficient and a perfect model of sustainability, something that interests me to transmit in this series of works
‘Tis said, the pipe and lute that charm our ears
Derive their melody from rolling spheres;
But Faith, o’erpassing speculation’s bound,
Can see what sweetens every jangled sound.
We, who are parts of Adam, heard with him
The song of angels and of seraphim.
Out memory, though dull and sad, retains
Some echo still of those unearthly strains.
Oh, music is the meat of all who love,
Music uplifts the soul to realms above.
The ashes glow, the latent fires increase:
We listen and are fed with joy and peace.