press release

ADAM is an international exhibition of contemporary art and is committed to the development and realization of 30 new projects that engage with the situational context of everyday life. All the artists have been commissioned to appropriate and re-interpret the socio-political conditions of Amsterdam, questioning cultural and social identity at a given place and at a particular moment in time. Taking the lively and dynamic infrastructure of the city as a starting point, attention is drawn to the specificity of the local context and the expression of a multi-faceted city, filled with a wealth of cultures, languages and social confrontations. ADAM is an examination of cultural space, addressing issues of location and habitation, questioning ideas about where we live and how we live, taking perspectives which are emotional, cultural and symbolic. ADAM reflects the moment and takes as its point of departure the dynamics of art-as-activity, whereby modes of ac tion lead to new ways of understanding aspects of contemporary artistic production in both the public and private space. ADAM harbors the idea of trans-nationality on a local level, taking into account the very specific history of Amsterdam as a city. Ignacy Sachs observed that “cities are like people, they belong to the urban species but they have their unique personality”. It is this uniqueness which is conceived; mirroring shared cultural, psychological and spatial structures and reflecting the wider social and political conditions both locally and globally.


ADAM: International Exhibition of Contemporary Art
Projects throughout the city of Amsterdam

mit Nevin Aladag, Dave Allen, Christian Andersson, Mark Bain, James Beckett, Johanna Billing, Ross Birrell, Rossella Biscotti, Phil Collins, Marco Cops, Yael Davids, Funky Projects, Ni Haifeng, Kendell Geers, David Haines, Lise Harlev, San Keller, Daniel Knorr, A. P. Komen / Karen Murphy, Job Koelewijn, Dirk van Lieshout, Jill Magid, Adrian Paci, Susan Philipsz, Lindsay Seers, Wael Shawky, Caecilia Tripp, Costa Vece, Elin Wikstrom, Siebren Versteeg, Lucy Wood