Cape Town artist Mia Chaplin’s Underbelly and Desiré van den Berg ‘GOLUBOY’ are currently on show at NMAG Amsterdam.
Mia Chaplin is currently a resident at NMAG’s permanent space in Bos en Lommer, which is where she has been putting her new presentation together. Her most recent work incorporates oil on both canvas and paper, as well as a muted colour palette of pink fleshy tones and golden highlights.
Her latest presentation Underbelly includes a collection of paintings and sculptural objects that explore the imperfect nature of intimate relationships as they manifest in private environments, which speaks to her interest in gendered power structures and how identity is performed through socially-entrenched femininity.
Underbelly is the urge to create a solid feeling, and the need to understand and own agency.
Desiré van den Berg, who holds a BA in General Linguistics, travelled all the way to Russia in search of goluboy, a colour that does not exist in her native tongue and the theme of her latest presentation at NMAG.
In Russian, goluboy means light blue, while dark(er) blue is referred to as siniy. These two shades of blue are separate colours in Russia and each carry their own associations and implications.
GOLUBOY challenges us to cut our concept of blue in half and maybe even learn to ‘look’ in a different language.
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