February 09, 2020 – 4pm opening February 01 – March 01 on show: Emilija Angelovska
In this Window_Show the artist is visually exploring the animation of a community. Community art projects point their focus on social identity, which results in embodiment of those particular social values and stifles the evolutionary aspect of communities. Presently, Emilija Angelovska is researching narrative story-telling as a method of meaning-making to find out if it can reveal to the arts methods of engaging with communities while honoring their living nature. The drawings are based on sketches of the community in de Pijp, Amsterdam. The stories are not explicitly stated, but rather implied through the ambiguity of the people, as they are removed from the initial context and time. The choice of the people, nature of the marks, the shape of the papers, all of these aspects give the community the chance to continuously begin in their being.
Emilija Angelovska (born in Macedonia, living in the Netherlands) is an artist, educator, and change agent.
She is fascinated with how humans construct their social identity and cultivate a feeling of belonging, in the past as it relates to religious groups and currently, as it relates to community art projects. This has motivated her investigation into unconventional practices in the art world, cumulated into the Back to the Drawing Board podcast. These interviews with respected individuals (Jeremy Diamond, CEO of Myseum, Toronto; Lady PheOnix, curator and entrepreneur; Rodika Tchi, Feng Shui expert; etc.) and institutions (Beautiful Distress, The Netherlands; Uppercase Magazine, Canada; Sketchbook Skool, USA; Brockley Max, UK; etc.) validate her approach with insight, while simultaneously transferring knowledge and motivating social interventions.
Emilija has shown her work in galleries in Amsterdam, Calgary and Edmonton. Alongside her artistic and research practice she holds professional experience from the Smithsonian Institution and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. In 2016 she was the recipient of the Kathleen & Russell Lane Canadian Art Award.