Here, Outside In Communications Officer Kate Davey tells us about her experience of visiting ‘Circus Terminal’ in Piran, Slovenia.
Circus Terminal, an initiative started by Chutima Kerdpitak (Nok) of ‘Uncooked Culture‘, is the result of the often apparent exclusiveness of the mainstream art world. Nok says: “To rely on the establishment to value our art cannot be justified by any creative individual. Rejection discourages creative passion and inspiration.” The project, which is made up of a touring exhibition and accompanying creative activities, has already visited eight countries: Spain, France, Thailand, USA, Holland, New Zealand and Slovenia. Next month, it will move on to its final destination; Suriname in South America.
In each country, local artists are invited to join the show, dropping works into Nok’s suitcase to be carried onto the remaining legs of the tour. This has seen the project grow from 41 artists in 12 countries to over 350 works by more than 85 artists from all over the world. When the exhibition travels to Suriname, it will be joined by work from the following artists: Dhiradj Ramsamoedj, George Struikelblok, Hanka Wolterstorff, Kenneth Flijders, Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gie, Kurt Nahar, Reinier Asmoredjo, Roddney Tjon Poen Gie and Sri Irodikromo.
The exhibition will run from 22 – 27 July 2014 at De Hal Muti-Purpose Hall in Paramaribo, Suriname, and will be led by Rinaldo Klas in collaboration with Readytex Gallery.
Below is a slideshow of images I took during my visit to Gallery Kud Esko in Piran, where Circus Terminal was held from 17 – 25 May 2014.