Curated by The Black Swan
de Appel Curatorial Programme 2011-2012
“Quite apart from making us laugh, it [humour] has been employed to activate repressed impulses, embody alienation or displacement, disrupt convention, and to explore power relations in terms of gender, sexuality, class, taste or racial and cultural identities.” – Jennifer Higgie
Three Artists Walk into a Bar… is an exhibition, which includes a series of works and interventions, which take place outside of the premises of the exhibition space, channelled through discussion, dialogue, and public gatherings at de Appel Boys’ School and on the project website. The commitment to humour, stems from a belief in its social quality; in its capacity to bring subversive voices and unexpected perspectives to mainstream awareness.
What happens when three artists walk into a bar? Between April 13 and May 13, 2012, more than fifty new works of art are produced – the result of an open invitation to students and residents of every graduate and post-academic fine art programme in the Netherlands. The decision to work with peers has been motivated by the urge to gather a generation of young people who are directly affected by the impact of the current political climate towards culture. Three Artists Walk into a Bar… aims to produce a fertile ground for an unexpected multitude of voices, speaking out from and to the conditions of the present time.