From September 12th until September 29th an exhibition project Public Relations took place at the 1st of May Public Library in Moscow. Taking on the form of a café, the exhibition enabled its visitors to experience artworks in a participatory manner, and the program of workshops, talks, viewings, dinners and parties facilitated interaction.
The multidisciplinary project was a two week spin-off of the ‘Pop-Up Café’ exhibition previously curated by Karolien Buurman and Eline Mul in Amsterdam for two months in the Summer of 2009. This open-plan project put emphasis on applied arts such as photography, graphic and product design, with a special focus on young artists and designers. This time the project was developed within the context of the 2013 Russia – The Netherlands year, where it aimed to be an open platform for artistic development and cultural exchange between the two countries. The exhibition and its program worked both as a window for young Dutch creatives and as a space for potential dialogues and collaborations with the young Russian art scene.
Karolien Buurman (1981, The Netherlands) is a social psychologist with a fascination for art, design and socio-cultural influences. As a researcher she has been involved in analyzing extreme youth cultures and social movements. She is initiator of several cultural events and exhibitions. Together with Eline she organized the Pop-Up Café, an exhibition where they brought many local and international artists to work together in a typical neighborhood in Amsterdam West where mostly muslim immigrants live. Furthermore she is one of the initiative takers of Mediamatic’s Eetclub Over Datum, a dinner club where expired but edible products were served as a protest against our waste of food. Recently she curated a separate space in the W139 art gallery called BARRY, and currently she is set- ting up a program for the Noorderparkkamer in Amsterdam Noord to promote local involvement in this area.