MAASTRICHT. An analogue photo by the Austrian Kristina Satori of hundreds of skulls lying in a cave. Or some sweet sculptures made of sugar, glue, paper, wood, rope and more, created by the Belgian Suleika Van der Jeugdt. That’s what you can expect at the fifth Art Festival by Orakel, the Arts and Culture student association. Several young artists (one student from the Academy of Fine Arts in Maastricht, some from Maastricht University and others from universities abroad) will be displaying their work in the Landbouwbelang on 4 and 5 May – two important days for the Dutch. “We didn’t choose that weekend for a special reason. It’s just a coincidence”, says Anna Ewen of the art committee. On the 4th, Dodenherdenking, many commemorate those who have lost their lives in wars since the outbreak of World War II. A day later, the Dutch celebrate Bevrijdingsdag, the liberation of the nation from the German occupation of 1940 to 1945.
The title of the exhibition, Un…masked, refers to the visitor, who has “to overcome the surface of the artworks, to overcome the mask, leading to the beyond”, says Ewen. The ‘Un’ is the central theme of the Art Festival; in the past there have been other ‘Un’ exhibitions like Unboxed and Unwrapped.
The Un...masked exhibition opens on 4 May at 7 pm with a private viewing and continues the next day from 12 noon to 2 pm.