Art interventions

Artist and curator Joep Vossebeld invited artists Karin Bartels, Lola Safari and Joep Caenen to develop interventions for Once Upon A Town. “A good story survives centuries, generations and cultures. The story is perhaps the only way in which we, as human beings, can gain a bit of death. I am an enthusiast, collector and storyteller and shall work with three artists during this edition of Once Upon A Town to animate their stories about Maastricht.”

Karin Bartels (Dutch)

Title: Pilgrimage to the Location of Lost Objects

Karin Bartels is a visual artist with a background in graphic design, fashion and contemporary jewellery. She studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and the Institut des hautes études en arts plastiques (IHEAP) in Paris.Artistic research, process, Atlas, archive, imagination, coincidence and stories play a vital role in her work. During Once Upon A Town, she uses forgotten and lost objects in a walk that ends at the St. Anthony of Padua Church in Nazareth.

Both days 11:00 – 12:30 Maastricht station Stationsplein 27

Lola Safari

Title: This is for Peaches

Loïs Haagmans, aka Lola Safari, looks at the Maas together with you and a goldfish. In This is for Peaches, you can find her on the Griend’s steps next to the Music Hall with an aquarium.

‘The peach, Prunus persica in Latin, is a juicy, red-yellow fruit with soft, velvety skin. The fruit was introduced from the Orient in the first century BCE. The peach stands for optimism and expectation.’ Dr Nico M. van Straalen, Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Biology, published by Ensie.

Both days 11:00 – 17:00 Stairs river Maas/Meuse Griend 6-7 

Joep Caenen, artist

Title: Open Air Table Talks: The Mouflons in the Room and the Elephant in the Park

Artist Joep Caenen recently graduated and is concerned with the idea that art is ‘found between us’. In doing so, he searches for and creates a context in which meetings with artists, artworks and spectators take place in an everyday situation.

During Once Upon A Town, he stages the performance in the city park’s vacant petting zoo, meeting and preparing and sharing a meal.

Both days 13:00 – 17:00 Kinderboerderij Stadspark