For his exhibition at JOEY RAMONE Ballemans realized work in which he investigated his personal aesthetic relation to a massive event like carnival. This resulted in a series of small pieces of various techniques that play with the borders between ‘the object’ and ‘the artwork’, the ‘model’ and the ‘real object’ and Art and Carnival.
The title Carrus Navalis refers to one of the theories about the etymological history of Carnival and emphasizes the ever-changing codes and rituals during this intriguing and ancient celebration.
In his earlier ceramic work Ballemans investigated the progressive quality of ornaments and decoration. In his more ’social’ work he investigated how art can manifest itself in the context of a big cultural event like Carnival. For this project he made an exhibition about Art and Carnival at exhibition space KOP in Breda and together with students and psychiatric patients he participated at the carnival in Curaçao in collaboration with Instituto Buena Bista.About the artist
Yasser Ballemans (Breda, 1981) is an artist and a curator, consultant and producer. As a Fine Arts student at AKV/ St. Joost he was one of the initiators of KOP, a workshop and exhibition space for artists and designers in Breda, and TEEK, a Film and Animation festival. In 2005, Ballemans followed the Mister Miyagi Curator Master class of Showroom MAMA in Rotterdam. He obtained an MFA at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam in 2007. After this he organised and curated several events, exhibitions and fairs, including Kunstvlaai 2008 and 2010 in Amsterdam and the Graduation Festival of the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. He was part of the The Blue House staff as curator and producer and worked with artist Jeanne van Heeswijk on different projects like ‘De Markt van Morgen’ and ‘Face Your World’.
Yasser was part of group shows at artist initiatives such as W139 and Onomatopee. His first work in public space (Much More Matter than Antimatter No. 0) was realised in 2010 in Hoogeveen. He had residencies at the European Ceramic Work Centre in Den Bosch and Instituto Buena Bista in Curaçao. In 2010 Ballemans won the Great Prize of the International Biënnale of Contemporary Ceramic in Vallauris (France).
Currently, Ballemans is investigating the relations between Carnival and Art, as well as experimenting with active models for Art in the context of Carnival.
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