Studium Generale - Maria Barnas

Artist, poet and writer Maria Barnas focusses on how description shapes reality, and the potential and failures of language. She pre­sented a solo exhibition last year at Annet Gelink Gallery. In this work the question was raised whether words can be trusted as carriers of anything solid.

In the context of the exhibition, and in her work in general, Barnas takes up the complex relationship between intention and interpretation of language as a source of possibilities, and contemplates this in the form of a wide range of poems, objects and films. She approaches language from different angles by presenting a variety of works.

Barnas works against the notion that language should have a specific form, aware of the fact that our grasp of reality is closely linked to the words we (don’t) choose to de­scribe what we perceive as reality.

Studium Generale lecture by Maria Barnas
Studium Generale poster and promo video designed by Dayna Casey, alumna KABK Graphic Design

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For Studium Generale Maria Barnas will elaborate more on how language is integrated in her art practice. In her own words: ‘An image, like a text, is hardly a closed container. What does it bring across? It rarely depicts or describes what it sets out to.’

Bio – Maria Barnas (Hoorn, 1973) lives and works in Amsterdam and Bergen. She creates written work, novels, poetry, essays and visual work. She studied visual arts at the Rietveld Academie and was resident at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam and The American Academy in Rome. Barnas is member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts. She recently had a major solo exhibition at De Hallen Haarlem (2016) and participated in several group exhibitions amongst others at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (2015), CAC, Vilnius (2017) and the Cobramuseum, Amstelveen (2017).



26 oktober 2017 16.00 - 17:30


Auditorium KABK

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