Journal

The journal on portikus.de operates as an extension of the exhibitions at Portikus themselves. A wide spectrum of contributions including essays, interviews, fictional writing or photo- and video-contributions provide a closer look on artistic interests and reflect on topics that concern our society, politics and culture.

In the framework of his exhibition Pierre Verger in Suriname Willem de Rooij invites the artists Razia Barsatie, Ansuya Blom, Ruben Cabenda, and Xavier Robles de Medina to show their works on the Portikus website. With the program Flux und Reflux – A Selection of Moving Images Portikus' audience is introduced to moving image made by four contemporary artists who have a relationship to Suriname. The video works will be online for two week at a time:

17.06.–01.07.2021
Ruben Cabenda

the untitled dream, 2014

i am i was, 2016

TRANSFORMATION, 2017

strange fruit, 2017

the transition, 2018

Nieuwe herinneringen aan oude huizen, 2019

Developing his animations from ideas, sculptures, drawings and paintings that serve him to work through questions of identity and cultural heritage, religion and slavery, Ruben Cabenda synthesizes new ideas in them. Presented as loops, their repetition harnesses the power of moving image.

Ruben Cabenda’s animations examine the effect of the legacy of slavery on the people of Suriname, and the continuing colonial legacy that still informs everyday life there. He observes and reflects on ways that people in Suriname engage or try to disengage with their cultural heritage, and how this influences their idea of "Self". The politics of identity, globally as well as in Suriname, is central to his work and with his animations he aims at increasing viewers’ awareness of their own identity and background.

Ruben Cabenda (*1989 in Paramaribo) is based in Paramaribo. He graduated from the Nola Hatterman Art Academy in Paramaribo where he also taught until 2018, and from the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Selected exhibitions include the National Gallery of Jamaica, Moengo Festival of Visual Arts, Nest Lowlands, Oude Kerk, Amstelkerk and Prinsenkwartier in Amsterdam, the Kunstvereniging Diepenheim and No Man's Art Pop-up in Teheran.

Upcoming artists in this series:

24.06.–08.07.2021
Ansuya Blom

01.07.–15.07.2021
Razia Barsatie

Online Conversation

Angela Lühning, Carl Haarnack, Oliver Hardt & Willem de Rooij
2021-05-20

L'Esprit—Absolventenausstellung 2020

Louisa Behr und Johanna Weiß
2020-09-18

Tails & Heads

Levi Easterbrooks, Janique Préjet Vigier
2018-02-06

Portikus XXX Summer Screening Program

Levi Easterbrooks
2017-09-25

WE THE PEOPLE – Upholding Liberty

Cosima Anna Grosser
2017-04-25

"Oh my god, this is another kind of code language!"

Amy Sillman, Bernard Vienat
2016-08-17

A Narrative for the Body: Shahryar Nashat’s Present Sore

Isla Leaver-Yap, Shahryar Nashat, Fabian Schöneich
2016-04-22

In the Mood for Bengawan Solo

Paula Kommoss, Arin Rungjang
2018-09-17

In Obscurity

Carina Bukuts
2017-12-21

Textile as a medium of contemporary art

Olga Inozemtceva
2017-05-18

Between Standstill and Movement

Malina Lauterbach, Maximilian Wahlich
2017-01-29

The Body, the Pedestal

Marina Rüdiger
2016-05-31

H[gun shot]ow c[gun shot]an I f[gun shot]orget?

Lawrence Abu Hamdan
2016-04-19