Rietveld Review(ed) is part of the Graduation Show’s peripheral programming. An independent, external committee was asked to reflect on the Graduation Show as a whole and to signal current tendencies and themes within the exhibition. The committee was also asked to select a number of projects by graduating students that support these observations. The reflections and observations are processed by the Rietveld Academie into this reflection report. The report also includes the observations of the thesis committee.
This year the committee for Rietveld Review(ed) consists of:
- Roel Arkesteijn is a writer and curator active for museums in The Netherlands and France. He is also teaching at the academy of Antwerp and the HISK in Gent;
- Théo Demans is a scenographer, designer and sculptor currently based in Brussels;
- Imara Limon is curator at Amsterdam Museum and advisor at Mondriaan Fund & Prince Bernhard Culture Fund;
- Tirzo Martha is a sculptor and performance artist. He is co-founder and director of Instituto Buena Bista, the centre for contemporary art in Curaçao;
- Marina Otero Verzier is an architect. She is Director of Research at Het Nieuwe Instituut and head of the Social Design MA at Design Academy Eindhoven.
And the committee for the theses consists of:
- Katja Mater is a visual artist, filmmaker and an editor for Girls Like Us Magazine; an independent magazine turning the spotlight on an international expanding community of lesbians and queers within arts, culture and activism;
- Jeroen Boomgaard is Professor at the Lectorate Art & Public Space (LAPS) at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. With an expertise in art in public space, he is also a member of various committees, such as the Stadscuratorium Amsterdam and Stadscuratorium of Leiden (Lucas van Leydenfonds);
- Sarah van Binsbergen is an art journalist, writer based in Amsterdam and a critic at newspaper De Volkskrant. She has written for platforms such as Metropolis M, Boekman Cahier and Kunsten ’92.
Luuk Heezen and Rik Lauwen will create video portraits of all selected projects, like last year. The selected visual art projects also get the opportunity to develop either a RietveldTV episode (aired on AT5) or an exhibition in Eight Cubic Meters (the academy’s public gallery in the city centre of Amsterdam) and thus bring their work to a new audience in a new context; either on public television or in gallery in public space.
Rietveld Review(ed) is initiated to carry on the reflective qualities of Gerrit Rietveld Academie Awards (GRA Awards). The GRA Awards that were given each year to remarkable graduates are discontinued since 2021. More information and previous winners can be found here.