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TRIPPING AUTONOMY MFA class of 2018 Graduate Exhibition

Tripping Autonomy is the title of the 2018 Piet Zwart Institute Master Fine Art graduate exhibition and performance program, and a collaboration between MAMA, platform for visual culture in Rotterdam, PZI MFA artists, and staff, guided by MAMA curator Marloes de Vries. Featuring: Timur Akhmetov, Sophie Bates, Shraddha Borawake, Katharina Cameron, Larisa David, Marta Hryniuk, Alexander Iezzi, Anne Kolbe, Johanna Kotlaris, George Nesbitt, Collette Rayner, Victor Santamarina, Anastasia Shin, Nick Thomas, and Sophie Varin.

Autonomy is socially constructed and contingent. In a two-year MA Fine Art program that emphasizes self-direction in studio research and practice and relies on around-the-clock collective self-governance, autonomies are constantly under negotiation as art and life merge and diverge in the most significant and banal ways.

With Tripping Autonomy, the 2018 MFA graduates asserted their agency to trip the term in a group exhibition and performance program that tripped all sensory fuses.

“Tripping” means to activate, fluff, hallucinate, operate, travel with, hoist, stumble over, dance with, obsess over, get high on, activate, mess with, and release. Hence, a “tripping” autonomy is one that acknowledges and embraces the instabilities inherent to all claims for self-determination, art for art’s sake, and the desegregation of art and life.

Exhibition and performance program production by MAMA
Venue support from De Kroon
Project graphic design by Team Thursday

Photos by Tor Jonsson and Lotte Stekelenburg