Orientation trips

Orientation trip 2019 - United Arab Emirates (Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah) and Pakistan (Karachi and Lahore) Orientation trip 2019 - United Arab Emirates (Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah) and Pakistan (Karachi and Lahore)

Each year, the Mondriaan Fund organizes an orientation trip for visual artists and art mediators from the Netherlands to foreign, upcoming and interesting regions. The trips are aimed at exchange and cooperation between visual art professionals. The goal of this orientation travel is to extend international networks and contacts, and to stimulate the international dialogue between art professionals.

Preparations for the orientation trip 2020 have been postponed for the time being.

The 2019 trip took place from 21 October until 2 November, with the destinations United Arab Emirates (Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah) and Pakistan (Karachi and Lahore). The program consisted of visits to museums, presentation institutions, galleries, artist-in-residence places, artists, collectors and local key figures in the various cities. During the trip the participants wrote about their experiences in a blog.

The trip was organized in cooperation with Frame Contemporary Art Finland, the Danish Arts Agency and Pro Helvetia as well as in close collaboration with the Dutch embassies in the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan. In total, 15 people participated in the trip, including six participants from the Netherlands selected by the Mondriaan Fund: two artists and four mediators.

The following intermediaries and artists were selected for the 2019 orientation trip by the Mondriaan Fund:

Katayoun Arian (freelance curator, researcher and writer), Pauline Burmann (independent researcher, curator and owner of the platform African Arts & Theory), Johan Gustavsson (co-director of 1646 and co-founder of The Naked), Kianoosh Motallebi (artist), Bart Rutten (artistic director Centraal Museum Utrecht), Marilyn Sonneveld (artist).

Previous trips were made to South-Africa and Zimbabwe (2018), United States of America and Cuba (2017), Iran and Armenia (2016), Chile and Colombia (2015), Gwangju in Korea and Tokyo, Yokohama and the Setouchi Islands in Japan (2014), Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary (2013), Indonesia and China (2012), Mali, Senegal and Morocco (2011), Turkey, Nigeria and Mali (2010), Brazil, Argentina and Peru (2009), Bangladesh, India and the United Arab Emirates (2008), Mexico and Curaçao (2007), South Africa and Senegal (2006), China (2005), and the Middle East (2004).

For information about the orientation trip, please contact Haco de Ridder, 020 523 15 23.