This November in the Mezzanine Gallery, the KZNSA is excited to host Doina Kraal's Touche-à-Tout as it travels to South Africa on the last leg of a year long journey around the world.
In 2013 the Gieskes-Strijbis Fund and Foam awarded Doina Kraal the Foam 3h Award to grant her the opportunity to create a new work or to make an artists' book. This led to the project 'Touche-à-Tout', a traveling installation that builds on her multimedia installation 'In de Rarekiek' which was presented in 2012 as part of the Foam 3h program and which resulted in winning the 3h award. Touche-à-Tout is a similar, smaller, but new installation with which Doina has travelled from Asia to Oceania, from North America to South America. Africa is the last continent she visits and from there she will travel back to Amsterdam. The development and travel of Touche-à-Tout can be viewed at www.touche-a-tout.nl/home and the information collected there will eventually be published in printed form as an artists' book.
Touche-à-Tout is a portable installation that Kraal takes with her on her travels. Traces of the journey become visible in this work; every place that she visits adds to her work in progress. In previous projects Kraal focused mainly on 'looking' at the world. Touche-à-Tout stimulates all the senses using different media: you can taste flavours, smell scents, you can touch objects, hear - and make sounds. The audience automatically becomes part of the installation.
All the media that Kraal uses (rarekiek, slide, film and video, Internet) are representations of different forms of reality by means of which she keeps looking for the least static forms. During the exhibition opening on the 10th of November, the work will be revealed together with a performance by the artist herself. The artist will also give a walkabout on Saturday, 14 November, 11am.
Doina Kraal (1980) graduated from the Fine Art and New Media department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam in 2002. She then earned a Master in Fine Art at the Central Saint Martins College of Art in London. Her work has been shown in the Point Blank Gallery, Johannesburg, Times Square Gallery, New York, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Soledad Senlle Gallery, Amsterdam and other locations in the Netherlands.
This project is made possible with financial support by The Gieskes-Strijbis Fund, the Van Bijlevelt Foundation, The Mondriaan Fund, The Amsterdam Fund for the Arts and sponsoring by forte_forte and Lejan.