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UNFAIR23 will offer a series of exciting performances by Sydney Lowell, Alban Karsten, Day Collective, Ignacy Radtke, and Unfair artists Ellen Yiu, Simon Keizer, Vincent de Boer, Narges Mohammadi and Tom van Veen. Browse the performances and times below.
Ignacy Radtke ‘Smile inc.’
Smile like you really mean it! is an investigation into emotional labor. The term, introduced by sociologist Arlie Rusell Hochchild, describes the process of managing feelings and expressions to fulfill the emotional requirements of a job. It is most obvious in the service sector, but not only. The project focuses on facial expressions, particularly the smile. This genuine gesture is often misused or over-performed. What if smiling becomes a purely transactional act,detached from the world of feelings? The ATM device symbolizes the exclusion of direct human interaction for the sake of efficiency and performance. In the replica, the smile is put into an emotionless reality where it becomes a commodity no other than aluminum, wheat or gold-dehumanized and part of a larger system. The base price for a minute of smiling is €1.00, but its value fluctuates in the stock market. Smile like you really mean it and get your share.
Ignacy Radtke (Iggy) is a visual artist based in Amsterdam. His multidisciplinary practice is focused on installations and objects. He is a curious observer and an active narrator. In his works he likes to play with the illusion of reality, like to question the credibility of what we see and question the difference between looking at and seeing. He is a sensory explorer fixed about the tactility, smell and scale of the surroundings. His works are known for high precision and neat finish.
Smile inc. is continuously on view at UNFAIR23.
Sydney Lowell made her recording debut in April with the release of her musical poem Prayer, soon followed by her second single titled Testament. Poems that, just like her other work, are loaded with intention, spirit and emotion. Her debut EP, WORD, is set for release by the end of October.
For her, every performance is an invitation to closeness and an energetic exchange with her audience. At UNFAIR, Sydney Lowell will present the poems of her upcoming EP in a performance that merges poetry, song and music.
A creative spirit, born as Sydney Lowell, with her rhythmic poetry tells stories that move. Sometimes critical, sometimes sensual, sometimes introverted, sometimes extra – always soulful. The Amsterdam born & bred is active as a spoken word poet, voice actor, host, teacher and co-founder & producer of cultural platform We The People and online spoken word production 2PHRASE.
Join us on Saturday at 18.30 – 18.45 for her performance at the Talks Area.
Alban Kasten ‘The Last Expert’
In his lecture performance The Last Expert, Alban Karsten explains how he once joined UFO-hotline and conspiracy platform Niburu, and how he quickly became a leading chemtrail expert there.
The Last Expert is an exercise in case-building. Through charts, it shows how a conspiracy theory can cause collective outrage, which functions as a ritual that can eventually lead to enlightenment. It uncovers that the total number of Catholics in the world is smaller than the number of people who believe in chemtrails, and above all, it clarifies what an expert is. The Last Expert will cover several witness statements.
Alban Karsten is a conceptual artist who creates performances and sculptures out of a strong curiosity about “the other”. He regularly invites professionals from different fields, such as a social psychologist, blacksmiths and a hypnotherapist, to integrate their expertise into his works. Through his projects, Alban explores what it takes to be an expert, and what authorship and singularity mean when part of the direction is handed over.
Catch Alban’s performance on Saturday from 19.15- 19.50 at the Talks Area.
The Day Collective ‘Tête-à-Tête’
Tête-à-Tête is a one-hour conversation through drawing on your own skin with 3 audience participants and the DAY Collective. Within Tête-à-Tête new modes of language, based on intuition, silence, imagination, and sensibility, are being explored.
There is only one rule — no words. It allows one to concentrate on other senses and open up the state of relaxed awareness and playfulness. In this way, we can learn about ourselves and others beyond preconstructed ideas and judgment.
DAY Collective is an artist duo based in Amsterdam, consisting of Dorota Radzimirska and Yulia Ratman. Their artistic research involves participatory performances and installations from soft sculptures and intuitive drawings. It manifests the power of consciousness and aims to cultivate spirit. Both in their performances as well as in installations, the narrative evolves during the process, from within. It activates the senses, intuition, and imagination. In this way, a new connection with yourself, others, and the environment can be awakened.
The Day Collective invites you to experience Tête-à-Tête on Thursday from 19.00 – 20.00 and on Saturday from 19.45 – 20.45.
UNFAIR23’s Simon Keizer
Be part of Simon Keizer‘s(1988) performance ‘As above, so below (an auto-cosmic harmony)’ — an invite to awaken your connection to the universe, inspired by the ancient concept of “music of the spheres,” which sees the cosmos as a harmonious, cosmic melody.
Simon Keizer (1988) is an artist whose work nowadays centers around the idea of an (ancient) way of community, where the human and non-human worlds are deeply connected. His objects, drawings, paintings and performances serve as a mediator between the human and non-human, allowing for a greater understanding of the interconnectedness of all things.
Experience Simon’s performance in his artist stand on Thursday at 15.30 and 19.30, as well as on Saturday at 19.30.
UNFAIR23’s Tom van Veen
Tom van Veen’s (1995) practice encompasses several mediums, including performance, painting, narrative texts, sculpture and decor. Through an interplay of colors, van Veen creates a harsh light that absorbs everything, while simultaneously fading certain shades. Describing his work as being based on the theatrical aspect of tragedy, the artist is focusing on themes such as contemporary icons, collective memory, and the intricate connections between them.
In 2019, Tom was nominated for the Royal Painting Prize for Free Painting. He previously published “Pittu,” a fragment, and several excerpts appeared as podcasts. The novella “Pittu” is a fictional story that connects the characters within Tom van Veen’s visual practice. The work encompasses various expressions from Tom van Veen’s body of work between 2017 and 2023. From the performance for THE LIVING MUSEUM: PERFORMING THE COLLECTION at the Stedelijk Museum in 2017 to the Gesamtwerk ‘2023’ exhibited at Prospects during Art Rotterdam.
UNFAIR23’s Ellen Yiu
Ellen Yiu Kwan Kit (1997) draws her inspiration from exploring the fragility, complexity, and peculiarity of life. Driven by her lifelong quest for healing, she will organize a repair shop at UNFAIR23. Visitors can bring damaged objects to be restored. While she is at work, she will engage in conversations with the visitors about both the use of the object and restoration as a means of healing, nurturing humility, and fostering connections.
Ellen Yiu’s artistic process resembles cultural foraging. Inspired by Taoism, Dadaism, and the vitality of primitive and craft objects, the artist embraces the whimsical traces of everyday life, holistic healing, and the idea of home. Her work defies categorisation, as she explores diverse themes through miniature formats and storytelling. Ellen Yiu believes in the presence of ambiguity and paradox as spaces where viewers can play. Currently, her research is inspired by Fluxus, and explores art intended for an audience of one. Seamlessly moving between mediums, the artist primarily works with textile, wood, miniatures, drawing and installation. Her work is guided by repetition, reproduction, collecting and archiving — processes that embody her understanding of life and purpose.
Come see Ellen Yiu’s repair shop continuously in her artist stand at UNFAIR23.
UNFAIR23’s Vincent de Boer
Vincent de Boer (1988) will perform in a work-setup during UNFAIR23, exhibiting his art-making process. The extremely fragile and delicate paper loop will be painted on site by the artist. While the visitor is temporarily surrounded by the art-making process, one can potentially feel what it’s like to be completely merged and surrendered into ink-brush spacetime.
Vincent de Boer, whose background is rooted in calligraphy, continuously pushes the boundaries of language. Fascinated by the world that opens up in a single brush stroke, he explores the complexity of movement. His body of work reflects his deep understanding of material and technique and the concentration required to master them. From this basis, de Boer applies his signature style to a range of mediums, such as paper, murals, and performances, showcasing his works both in the Netherlands and abroad.
Visit De Boer’s art stand to see his art-making performance on:
Thursday from 15.30 – 16.30 & 18.00-20.00
Friday from 13.30 – 15.00 & 16.00 – 17.30
Saturday from 13.30 – 15.00 & 16.00 – 17.30 & 18.00 – 20.00
Sunday from 13.30 – 15.00 & 16.00 – 17.00
UNFAIR23’s Narges Mohammadi
Please bring your cutest, funniest and cherished object, frame, drawing with a unique story to Unfair and participate in a gifting exchange with artist Narges Mohammadi. Unique stories get a chance to be exchanged with a plaster sculpture. Find out in conversation if you want to exchange your objects with one another!
In the context of her presentation at UNFAIR23 Narges Mohammadi aims to explore alternative means of value exchange. Interested in creating a system contrary to the explicit exchange of goods of a market driven economy and its commodification of value, Mohammadi proposes an exchange based on sharing surplus and gifting.
Narges Mohammadi (1993) is a Dutch-Afghan artist, curator, and DJ currently based in The Hague, the Netherlands. Mohammadi’s work has been showcased at the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Museum Villa Mondriaan, Het Hem, TENT, and numerous others. Aside from her artistic practice, Mohammadi also works as a freelance program maker and curator.
Come see Narges Mohammadi performance continuously in her artist stand at UNFAIR23.
Public Tours by Young Collectors Circle
In collaboration with Young Collectors Circle, we offer our visitors the opportunity to sign up for a free guided tour at UNFAIR23. Visitors will get a chance to delve deeper into the artistic process and inspiration behind our artists’ presentations, explore UNFAIR23’s exhibition space designed by Studio Verter, and immerse themselves in our extensive public programming.
Young Collectors Circle takes you behind the scenes of the art world and opens doors that are usually closed. During our online and offline programs, you’ll meet artists, collectors, art professionals, and other aspiring collectors, gain inspiration, and learn about how the art world operates. Read more here.
Meet your guide at the VIP desk just before the tour starts. Limited spots available, first come first serve.
Friday November 17
12:00 till 13:00 & 14:00 till 15:00
Saturday November 18
12:00 till 13:00 & 14:00 till 15:00
Sunday November 19
12:00 till 13:00 & 14:00 till 15:00
Saturday afternoon we’ll kick off your weekend plans with a full programme of talks, drinks, bits and fun. We start the day at 3PM with series of talks with influentials of contemporary art.
Enjoy an evening programme with natural wines by Sebonsa, along with cheese by Amsterdam finest Abraham Kef or get your nails painted with a surprise design by Glazed, all in the bustling atmosphere of de Gashouder. From 6PM visitors can enjoy a series of exciting performances.
And finally: don’t forget to put your dancing shoes on for a thrilling Saturday night, where the day program will reach its peak at our official afterparty at Kanaal40.
Talks programme ‘New Perspectives’
Our expert moderator Tatjana Almuli will guide you through an afternoon of keen conversations that delve into the new perspectives of collecting, curating, and creating art.
15:00 – 15:45
New Perspectives on Collecting
Redefining Art Collections with Innovative Approaches
With Nadine van den Bosch founder of Young Collectors Circle, Victoria Dejaco founder of Simplify art and collector Ron Reeder.
16.00 – 16.45
New Perspectives on Curating
Exploring Alternative Approaches to Curating and Exhibition Design beyond traditional spaces
No Limits! Art Castle founder and creative director Jan Hoek, Studio Verter architect duo and Unfair Architect Award winners Claudio Saccucci and Roxane van Hoof, and founder and co-director of No Man’s Art Gallery Jiuba Emmelie Koster.
17.00 – 17.45
New Perspectives on Creating
The influence of uncertain times on the creative process, inside and outside of the studio.
With Photographer Sander Coers, Indept and artists Hedy Tjin.
Tatjana Almuli (1991) is a writer, freelance journalist and photographer from Amsterdam. She writes essays on the captive (female) body, grief, intergenerational trauma, sexual freedom and (mental) health for newspapers Het Parool and de Volkskrant and magazines such as ELLE, Flow and Vogue. Both her books Knap voor een dik meisje (2019) en Ik zal je nooit meer (2022) were nominated for Opzij Literatuurprijs. She’s co-founder and host of the weekly podcast ‘Tussen dertig en doodgaan,’ together with writer Malou Holshuijsen. And presenter of the VPRO show ‘Dikke vette leugens’.
KANAAL40 x UNFAIR23 Afterparty
UNFAIR23 and Kanaal40 are teaming up for the official after party on Saturday November 18th. Kanaal40 is an interdisciplinary space for music and art (at Warmoesstraat 66). Aside from your usual night out clubbing, expect some mesmerizing art performances.
Tickets are €12,50 get them via the link below.
UNFAIR23 artist Narges Mohammadi will dazzle the night as Fatima Ferrari.
Aside from your usual night out clubbing, expect some mesmerizing art performances. Kexin Hao‘s ‘Liminal Wild’ performance, fuses music, spoken word, rap, and movement. Using human bodies as metaphors, the show reenacts the bodies of bats, prompting reflection on post-Covidian conflicts—nation-state vs. people, international tensions, and ideological divides. Kexin explores political engagement by embodying bats and sparrows, transforming the once-villanized bat into an ecological and political spokesperson.
Unfair Architect Award
From a staggering amount of submissions to our Open Call, our expert jury chose Studio Verter as the winner of the Unfair Architect Award 2023. To mark the 10th anniversary of Unfair, Studio Verter looks back at previous exhibition designs as inspiration for their sketch proposal ‘Fair Upon Fair Upon Fair.’ By honoring past Architect Award winners, the architect duo establishes the basis for UNFAIR23 ‘New Perspectives,’ drawing inspiration from the concept of ruins to shape their design’s future. At UNFAIR23 you will have the chance to meet the shortlisted architects who ran up for the UNFAIR23 Architect Award and their exceptional design proposals.
Unfair Artist Fund
The Artist Fund is a circular monetary fund that supports artists in developing their presentations for Unfair. With the Artist Fund, we are proud to be the pioneering and probably only art fair that compensates participants for their involvement in our program. The idea is simple. Artists get an incentive to develop work for our fair from our fund. Upon selling their artwork, artists donate a percentage of their sales proceeds to the fund. This pay-it-forward method encourages the creation of a support network between artists of all ages and disciplines, and paves the way for the next generation of creators. Through this initiative, we are committed to nurturing our community of artists and inspiring the makers of tomorrow.
Our collection is continuously growing. Since 2014, we’ve sold works from our diverse collection to private and corporate buyers worldwide, enriching homes, offices, and many other locations with art. This collection includes a wide array of different artistic expressions such as paintings, sculptures, photography, film, performance art, and more. In the near future, these will be indexed and accessible to the public through an online catalog.
Each year Unfair offers the unique possibility to buy artworks directly from the maker. With this concept, we promote personal connections in the art market and contribute to a fair market in which the maker has a more central position. To help you find a good match, we offer a full sale service free of charge, supported by our trained hosts available on location.
Junior Art School
Join us on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November for UNFAIR23’s Junior Art School: a free and one of a kind artist-led workshop for children between the ages of 6 and 12. At Junior Art School, children have the chance to directly connect with artists and to learn more about the stories and inspiration behind their works of art in a tour of the fair. After that, they are encouraged to unleash their own creativity in a fun workshop. The workshops will cover different materials and techniques, such as painting and ceramics.
Participating in this program is completely free. Limited places are available, sign-up via the button below.
Doe mee aan UNFAIR23’s Junior Art School op zaterdag 18 en zondag 19 november: een gratis en unieke workshop voor kinderen van 6 – 12, geleid door echte kunstenaars. Tijdens de Junior Art School krijgen de kinderen eerst een rondleiding over de beurs en komen ze meer te weten over de verhalen en inspiratie achter de kunstwerken. Daarna krijgen ze de kans hun eigen creativiteit los laten tijdens een leuke workshop. De workshops behandelen verschillende materialen en technieken, zoals schilderen en keramiek.
Deelname aan dit programma is gratis. Er zijn beperkte plaatsen beschikbaar, inschrijven kan via de knop onderaan.
Buro Stedelijk: ‘Manifestation#20: Taking Root Among the Stars’
In collaboration with Buro Stedelijk, Anna Hoetjes and Müge Yilmaz will create an intimate space at UNFAIR23. The installation will join parts of Müge Yilmaz’s feminist science fiction library ‘The Adventures of Umay Ixa Kayakizi’ and Anna Hoetjes’ textile work ‘Seven Sisters Fighting Back’.
During UNFAIR23, from 16-19 November 2023, the booth will be open to the public to offer a moment of rest, pause, go through the books and reflect on the patchwork sky. On 18 November there will be the possibility to join the reading group ‘Goddess Change’ and on 19 November senakirfa A. will join to offer a reading.
Read more about Buro Stedelijk here.
Saturday 18th of November
Reading group ‘Goddess Change’
15.00 – 17.00
Sunday 19th of November
Reading by senakirfa A
Starting at 14.00
NGA X UNFAIR23
Birthdays are best celebrated together. Unfair’s 10-year anniversary coincides with the 20-year anniversary of the NGA (Nederlandse Galerie Associatie). The NGA has been actively engaged with government, institutions, media, and the business community to promote and support galleries in their work. With it they have made their mark on the market, and we are happy they will join us for this one-off celebration. For this special occasion, the NGA invites its members to celebrate its lustrum with them at UNFAIR23. In this special booth, galleries present one work showcasing their programme and/or signature, generating a unique overview of works supported by a wide range of national and international active galleries.
andriesse eyck galerie
Annet Gelink Gallery
Bradwolff & Partners
Brinkman & Bergsma Contemporary Art
Durst Britt & Mayhew
Ellen de Bruijne Projects
Frank Taal Galerie
Galerie Fleur & Wouter
Galerie Fons Welters
Galerie Franzis Engels
Galerie Gerhard Hofland
Galerie Maurits van de Laar
Galerie Mia Joosten
Galerie Mieke van Schaijk
Galerie Roger Katwijk
Galerie Ron Mandos
Josilda da Conceição Gallery
Koster Fine Art
Lumen Travo Gallery
Martin van Zomeren
No Man’s Art Gallery
Okker Art Gallery
Rutger Brandt Gallery
The Merchant House
The Ravestijn Gallery
Vriend van Bavink
Especially for our well-read visitors, and for the very first time in Unfair history, we offer a premium selection of publications by the artists participating in our main programme. Browse their works, check the price list available at the info desk in the central square or ask our hosts for more information. Just to make sure you are on the same page.
In partnership with San Serriffe we are proud to present a curated selection of artists publications at UNFAIR23. San Serriffe worked around the theme Metamorphosis and Rebirth, exploring appropriation, mix-up, mash-up, intergenerationality and archival research in a broad selection of printed matter. San Serriffe’s selection can be found here.
Vincent de Boer
Iris van der Zee