About the Apes Container

Winner of the ResArtis Award given by Thamgid Foundation at the BIJCEM Biennale of Skopje in Macedonia

In a table of discussions at the 2009 IFAA Amsterdam on the theme: Art, Migration and Identity

Apes Container, is a group of young international practitioners who all finished their studies in The Nether- lands before 2009. The body of work they present is inspired, supported and developed by the constant dia- logue between each artist’s background and the hosting culture. Apes Container started in September 2008, when 13 artists from different practices and cultures came together to explore and investigate the realms of each other’s practices through inter– and trans– disciplinary collaborations. In September 2010 they joined forces in a cooperative economical effort and christened their ongoing exchange by becoming an organization.

Apes Container feels it is the right historical moment to share with the Dutch and international audience a number of members’ perspective on identity and cross-fertilization through MADE IN NL+. By presenting how different individuals come together, uttering their differences while trying to find a common ground, the group is inviting a reflection on the idea of Nation, Movement and Identity.

A table of discussions on the theme: Art Migration and Identity held by Apes Container – 2009 IFAA Amsterdam

Apes Containers’table of discussions

Like in old times, the kitchen becomes the core of the house for its inhabitants, where each one can really experience his/her thoughts, fears, and feelings through the others'.

Does the dialogue between people develop faster if everyone is more critical and conscious in defining his and the others' limits? What about initiating this mechanism with the mutual involvement of preparing and eating pasta together? And what if this was considered a performance?

The pace of the performance is defined by the cooking.

The amount of time necessary to make pasta, and the nourishing aspect of the act itself, seem to us perfect tools to create a community based on confrontation: in a dialogue no one is right, and everyone’s perspective is necessary.

Throughout its duration, How much is Enough? Questions any given statement and develops an agreement that is being perpetually shaped, in a continuous research, involving the community of artists and audience.

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