Parrhesia, the courage for the truth in the transparent society

group exhibition with Eleni Kamma
19/09 – 20/12/2015
at SIGN/Academie Minerva, Groningen

The exhibition project Parrhesia, the courage for the truth in the transparent society takes place in three parts at SIGN and Academie Minerva, Groningen. Eleni Kamma participates and will show It takes courage and breath to speak upa 2014 video work that reflects upon the term “parrhesia”, which implies not only freedom of speech, but also the obligation to speak the truth for the common good, even at personal risk.

The exhibition project elaborates on the work of H.N. Werkman, who called upon artists for freedom of the arts and ‘freedom of mind’ in the magazine The Next Call.  With this exhibition project, SIGN wants to show how contemporary artists today let their voice be heard.


Part 1: Documentation exhibition
19/09 – 01/11/2015 at SIGN, Groningen
Opening FRI 25/09, 5:30 pm
Artists: Woodstone Kugelblitz, Yuri Veerman, Katja Verheul, DesignArbeid, Roel Roscam Abbing, Sulsolsal, Gijs de Heij and Eleni Kamma.


Part 2: ResearchLab
24-26/09 at Academie Miverna, Groningen
With a public lecture of Joost Smiers on Thursday 24/9, 5 pm

Artists and theorists discuss how contemporary truths can be taken into the light in an artistic way in the public domain. Next to the above-mentioned artists, theorists present are: Lara Garcia Diaz, Carmen van Bruggen, Steyn Bergs and Marianna Maruyama. In cooperation with Image in Context (Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen) and under the leadership of Bibi Straatman and Anke Coumans.


Part 3: New work
07/11 – 20/12/2015, various locations
Participating artists produce and present new work, possibly as a result of the ResearchLAB.

Made possible by:
Fonds 21, Kunstraad Groningen, Stichting Stokroos, stichting Werkman2015, Academie Minerva, Readership Image & Context, stichting Roode- of Burgerweeshuis and Stiching Grafisch Centrum Groningen

SIGN, Winschoterkade 10, Groningen
Academie Minerva, Praediniussingel 59, Groningen

Opening hours:
TUE – SAT: 12 – 5 pm, SUN: 2-5 pm

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