Kevin Osepa and Jos Agasi take center stage at the first edition of Lakenhal Laat

Kevin Osepa and Jos Agasi in Museum De Lakenhal (Photos: Jeroen Fakkeldij and Joep Jacobs)

The first edition of Lakenhal Laat was held in Museum De Lakenhal on Friday evening, November 11. Works by artists Kevin Osepa and Jos Agasi took center stage this evening with the theme of Intuition. The music was provided by the singer-songwriter Melle from Leiden.

The exhibition ‘Imaging Intuition’ consists of seven installations by different artists who have created new work especially for this theme. The work of Golden Calf winner Kevin Osepa fills the wall with a light blue background. There are photos in a collage-like arrangement showing objects, rituals and magic, all in reference to Curacao, where Osepa was born and raised.

The name ‘Reckitt’s Crown Blue’ is in large letters on the wall and occupies a prominent place. Nicole Roepers, curator of contemporary art at Museum De Lakenhal, explains that the title Reckitt’s Crown Blue refers to the small blue detergent blocks that used to be used for white laundry. In Curacao it is now used as a means of protection against evil spirits and as a cleaning agent. It plays an important role in Kevin Osepa’s work and life.

Reporter Carla Enters made an atmospheric report about Lakenhal Laat in Museum De Lakenhal.

Jos Agasi’s work hangs in the middle of the room. It is a video installation, a projection of abstract images from two sides, explains Roepers. It is not just a video screen, but a composite canvas of eight sheets, cultivated by Jos Agasi himself. “It is a type of cellulose that consists of yeast, bacteria, water and sugar, and it symbolizes the skin. The screen is accompanied by a soundscape where breathing and heartbeat can be heard. A person breathes in and out, as opposed to heartbeats that are inside. The canvas symbolizes the skin as a part of yourself that forms the boundary between inside and outside. So there are very nice cross-connections.”

Spiritual
The program ‘Artist talk’ took place in the Auditorium. Presenter Gideon Roggeveen spoke with Kevin Osepa and Jos Agasi about the creation of their work and their sense of intuition about it; tonight’s theme.

“For me, intuition has a kind of spiritual layer,” says Kevin Osapa. “As a creator, photographer and visual artist, intuition is what I need to create work. I am happy when I can use my intuition; I make a choice based on feeling and trusting it. For this work I wanted to make contact with the family, so look for a personal layer.”

catalyst
For Jos Agasi, intuition is a kind of mechanism. “For me, it is a place in between accumulated memories, experiences, smells, tastes, knowledge, feelings and perceptions of what is happening in the world around you. It has to be somewhere in between as a kind of catalyst for decision-making.”

The work of both artists is part of the ongoing exhibition ‘Imaging Intuition’, which can be seen at Museum De Lakenhal until January 15, 2023. The next edition of Lakenhal Laat will take place on Friday evening, December 9.

  • Kevin Osepa and Jos Agasi

  • Presenter Gideon Roggeveen with Kevin Osepa and Jos Agasi

    Presenter Gideon Roggeveen with Kevin Osepa and Jos Agasi

  • Artist talk

  • Exhibition by Kevin Osepa (photo: Joep Jacobs)

    Exhibition by Kevin Osepa (photo: Joep Jacobs)

  • Exhibition by Kevin Osepa

    Exhibition by Kevin Osepa

  • Exhibition by Kevin Osepa

    Exhibition by Kevin Osepa

  • Exhibition by Kevin Osepa

    Exhibition by Kevin Osepa

  • Exhibition by Kevin Osepa

    Exhibition by Kevin Osepa

  • Kevin Osepa

    Kevin Osepa

  • Presentation by Jos Agasi

    Presentation by Jos Agasi

  • Presentation by Jos Agasi

    Presentation by Jos Agasi

  • Exhibition

    Exhibition ‘Under the skin’ by Jos Agasi

  • Exhibition

    Exhibition ‘Under the skin’ by Jos Agasi (photo: Joep Jacobs)

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