First year students MAPS present 'Everything that melts is about to blend'

‘Everything that melts is about to blend’ is an exhibition that invites audiences to explore overlooked consequences of a subtly-imposed mode of living — of what is swept aside — an invitation to reimagine ways of engaging with and relating to our environment. Twelve works are part of this exhibition: each one connects with the other organically and intricately. How is our relationship formed with the space we inhabit? Who can access certain places, and who cannot?

The first year students of the Master Photography and Society at KABK invite you to join our exhibition ‘Everything that melts is about to blend’, from the 23rd to the 25th of June 2023. The exhibition will take place at Helena, an artist-run gallery located in the Hague.

The topics of this collective exhibition will look at themes concerning water, colonialism, racism, violence, queer identities, urbanisation, gentrification, time, the climate crisis and homelessness. The themes are all questions of politics and they are addressed at different scales. The works will zoom into the human, the non-human, and zoom out to the scale of the city and its institutions, and further to the level of the national and then global, they will also shift back and forth in time.

Like solid ice melting under the warm embrace of the sun, transforming into flowing water and finally evaporating into the ethereal realm: this exhibition boldly embraces a state of change, beckoning a shift in perspective and transformation of reality itself. Things that melt can mix, blur, and interconnect with others. And what melts, spreads.

The exhibition also raises questions regarding the specific space it occupies. What connection does the building have with the neighbourhood, and who has access to it? We aspire to merge into a broader conversation, one that enables us to both create intimate and small gestures, as well as questioning existing structures.

‘Everything that melts is about to blend’ will feature a range of photographic, video, artistic works and installations by thirteen international image-makers from ten countries including: Roger Anis, Kristina Iris Demian, Tashiya de Mel, Niké Dolman, Manu Ferneini, Joseph Kennel, Alia Leonardi, Alina Lupu, Benjamin Morrison, Catalina Torres, Lara Varat, Karin van de Wiel and Daniel Zduniuk.

Photography & Society is a two-year master's program at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague. The programme educates socially-engaged photographers of the 21st century, who possess an active interest in the technological, political, environmental and social role of the photograph.



23 juni 2023 18.00 - 25 juni 2023 19.00


Helena van Doeverenplantsoen 3, The Hague

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Opening: Friday, 23 June 2023, 18:00 - 22:00
Opening hours: 24 & 25th June 2023, 10:00 - 19:00