© Marcel van Kerkvoorde c/o Pictoright.nl (CISAC)
Marcel van Kerkvoorde
Visual artist and initiator art- and cultural projects
I ask artists to use the theme as their starting point and to see it as their source of inspiration. These themes are reflected in the exhibition titles.
A good curator keeps track, supports and serves. Inside a larger network, he or she is at the centre of the web, stimulating, inspiring and facilitating, making it all possible.
There are strong parallels between my visual work and my work as an exhibition curator. Both are developed along thematic lines. As is true for my drawing and painting, the projects I curate lean towards political or social themes. I like to work with artists whose work unites visual power and a rich concept. The theme or subject must create a framework and must be clearly defined. I find it important that due attention be paid to communication, both for the work and for the exhibition as a whole.
Creating an inspiring environment
It is important to me to develop activities that reinforce the cultural infrastructure in our environment. I undertake initiatives to create these connections and structures. At the Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen Centre for Contemporary Art, I worked with an enthusiastic group of people on the realization and development of the Kunstfort.
As a board member of the Gemengd Bedrijf Foundation, I have thus far organized three major art events in the Haarlemmermeer region. In addition, I focus considerable attention on educational development in the visual arts, developing course material, workshops and guided tours for museums, cities and towns and other organizations, as well as for the Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen Centre for Contemporary Art.
The exhibition is part of an ongoing project in which I make various artworks and exhibitions. Here I examine the current European crisis and I associate from historical and political parallels with concepts such as concurrency, inevitability, irreversibility, destiny and choice.
After four years of preparation Kunstfort Vijfhuizen opened in May 2005 in the doors. I made three times a year program and we have organized two exhibitions in the preliminary preparation.