KABK community: Art & design initiatives in times of Corona

What impact does the Coronavirus have on the creativity and inspiration of artists and designers and how do they react in the current circumstances?

In a series of articles and interviews, we highlight initiatives and projects by students, alumni, and staff of the KABK community, whose work is thriving in times of Corona.

NRC artikel 10 juni 2020 afstureren tijdens lockdown
NRC-artikel, 10 juni 2020

Daniëlle van Ark makes art on invoices

Het Parool, 27 May 2020, Jan Pieter Ekker

Daniëlle van Ark maakt kunst op de facturen die ze ontvangt
Bills, Daniëlle van Ark

Daniëlle van Ark has been making art out of the invoices she receives since the outbreak of the corona crisis: Bills.

Read the interview in Het Parool (in Dutch)

Van Ark graduated from the Photography department at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague in 2005
Instagram @danielle_van_ark

‘Ik wil bevriend raken met fantasiefiguren’ - In gesprek met Afra Eisma

Metropolis M, 13 mei 2020, Eline van der Haak

Afra Eisma
Feline Whispers, photo:Jhoeko

De corona-crisis beïnvloedt iedereen, maar dat de precieze impact ervan op persoonlijk niveau blijft verwonderen blijkt wel wanneer Eline van der Haak Afra Eisma opzoekt in haar atelier. Voor de kunstenaar bracht de crisis een vreemde mix van een avontuurlijke reis door Japan, een gedwongen sluiting van haar tentoonstelling in 1646 en een groot verlies met zich mee.

Afstuderen in je slaapkamer: de kunstacademie in tijden van corona #1

Metropolis M, 6 May 2020, Jorik Galama

Eva Sigurðardóttir room and studio space
Eva Sigurðardóttir's room and studio space

Article in Metropolis M with reactions by Martijn Verhoeven, teacher, and coordinator BA Fine Arts; Anastína Eyjólfsdóttir, graduating student Sculpture, BA Fine Arts; Eva Sigurðardóttir, graduating student Sculpture, BA Fine Arts; Vibeke Mascini, teacher Sculpture; Antonis Pittas, teacher Fine Arts.

'The Former Capital' online expo, part of The Europeans project by photographer and co-head Photography dept. Rob Hornstra

The Former Capital
online expo The Former Capital

Traveling from region to region and from theme to theme in this multi-year project, photographer Rob Hornstra and writer and filmmaker Arnold van Bruggen have set up to create a 21st-century timepiece on the European Heartland. Hornstra and Van Bruggen see the rise of nationalism and authoritarian leaders, the return of borders, and ethnocentrism. With The Europeans they want to touch as many people as possible in order to look at Europe in a different way. The Former Capital is the first regional publication of The Europeans about a region where - in the wake of newfound independence - nationalism and militarism are on the rise. The publication and the eponymous exhibition were due to be presented and opened on April 2nd in Kaunas Gallery in Lithuania. But then ... the coronavirus-crisis happened and the exhibition was ...on an online variant with great success. If you're in or near Kaunas, you can probably visit the real expo; otherwise, take a virtual tour at your own pace!