We present solo exhibitions and long-term projects by local and international artists whose work connects art with other cultural disciplines. We further explore these relations through screenings, performances, lecture series, publications, or workshops. Our public programs also provide a forum for our artists in residence to share their upcoming projects and research.

In developing projects, we act as companions to the artists and aim to slow down the art-making process. We tend to unfold our exhibitions over longer time periods and conceive of them as chapters or installments. Our approach is informed by Study Lines that bring together contexts, collaborations, ideas and issues, residents, and projects. We are interested in nurturing new meanings and non-hierarchical forms of knowledge rather than in dividing disciplines. Our current Study Lines are Showing-Doing and Hearing Voices.

We present solo exhibitions and long-term projects by local and international artists whose work connects art with other cultural disciplines. We further explore these relations through screenings, performances, lecture series, publications, or workshops. Our public programs also provide a forum for our artists in residence to share their upcoming projects and research.

In developing projects, we act as companions to the artists and aim to slow down the art-making process. We tend to unfold our exhibitions over longer time periods and conceive of them as chapters or installments. Our approach is informed by Study Lines that bring together contexts, collaborations, ideas and issues, residents, and projects. We are interested in nurturing new meanings and non-hierarchical forms of knowledge rather than in dividing disciplines. Our current Study Lines are Showing-Doing and Hearing Voices.

Mette Edvardsen, Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine (2010 - ). Photo: Antero Hein. Courtesy of the artist.

Amant envisions a publications program unfolding at a slower pace and over longer timelines than our exhibition and residency programs. Its intent is to move from one form of communicating to another: from the more informal oral tradition of storytelling to the more formal, structured oratorical style of speechifying and, finally, to writing itself.

Inasmuch as it follows our first four seasons of exhibitions and residencies, Amant views its publication program as something akin to a “fifth season,” once described by the ancient Roman poet Albucius as undefined and movable time devoted to reflection and integration of the past into the present. Through storytelling and narration, our publication program will use unofficial public stories from the past as an exercise in “projective imagination,” a prefigurement, if you will, of the type of society we would prefer to live in now, if we could, not in some distant future. One of the enduring strengths of the literary imagination is its ability to rearrange and reorganize time/space coordinates at will, thereby creating a new “disposition,” where the presently prevailing consensus that capitalizes and underpins our lives can be questioned and perhaps refuted.

The program emphasizes practitioners coming from the disciplines of theory, poetry, literature, and critical art writing, with “legacy” contributions from writers and poets such as the late Jayne Cortez, Carolina M. de Jesus, and Alexandra Kollontai, to mention just a few. All will help shape future projects and exhibitions.