Borderless is a creative initiative based in Amsterdam, that mainly focuses on social impact and the power of artistic practices. In collaboration with social organizations, our aim is to give more opportunities for exposure to our artists, to create interaction between different social segments, and encourage dialogue. The melting pot we live in inspires us to learn from one another. Inclusivity at 360 degrees is our motto.
At Borderless our mission and values have always responded to a desire to be inclusive and provide an opportunity for those who face barriers in the art world and society; our mission is intersecting identity-related challenges, artistically and personally. We organize cultural events including visual artworks exhibitions, live music concerts, and food service as a degustation. During these events, we would like to give insight into different geographical areas through their cultural heritage to celebrate diversity.
How it started
Borderless is founded by Esra Sakir, aimed to build another perception of the “other”. As an immigrant, she wanted to start a dialogue with other creatives to share perspectives, in order to support and give different samples, and visions for the same purposes. The focus is on topics such as anthropology, sociology, human rights, women's empowerment, inclusivity, and intercultural approaches. The aim of this initiative is to give a stage to artists considered outsiders and ones who were left out of the mainstream art venues, who are sensitive to these issues.
This artist initiative handles the question: of how does art relate to other social sciences and answers contemporary questions.
Nesrin During makes handbuilt, unknown forms, what she calls “images of my mind“. These shapes are somewhat organic, somewhat abstract, sober, and architectural. She fires them without glazing at high temperatures.
Nesrin was born in Turkey in 1947; graduated from the University of the Bosphorus in 1970 (comparative literature). She teaches ceramics in Triade in Den Helder and has written articles for:
- Ceramic Review, (GB )
- Neue Keramik,(D )
- Klei, (NL, B )
She exhibited her work in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, and the USA.
The idea of the world that would exist without us, which has nothing to do with human will, is like a poetic wish. - Jean Baudrillard
What would a world look like where the influence of human civilization diminishes after ruling it for thousands of years?
In the paintings, which contain hints of future landscapes and dehumanization, figures are wandering as tourists, observing and recording the virtualized environment. The traces of humanity such as abandoned dimensionless structures, roads, and highways have been placed as parts of nature and these objects have become a product of the new nature. The environment they live in has been transformed into an object of observation rather than being real.
eva van diepen
In my own paintings, I try to capture human emotion. I compose the images by looking and observing the plethora of human expressions. To create my pictures, I’m experimenting with new – and unorthodox – methods like a sponge, to achieve all sorts of textures. To me, emotion is not limited to the eyes or facial expression, it can also be part of the skin or even clothes.
In recent series, I have focussed on the faces of refugees. I’m documenting moods like hope and expectation, but also the darker moments.
My canvasses are larger than life because to me, the human emotion can be overwhelming.
Rudy de Gruijl
Rudy de Gruijl is an artist, collector, and philosopher. His wonderful world of thoughts is expressed in colorful images. Rudy often collaborates with artist and jewelry designer Benedikt Fischer on the theme of eroticism. The David seen here found Rudy on the street and then painted it.
*Transpose; transferring a song from the tone in which it was written
My works from past to present are basically a few concepts.
It consists of various researches and experiments.
These are imperfect, incomplete, random, and rough.
Urban waste is a treasure in this sense. Urban waste of time.
It is a reflection of the alienated mood. These objects
observing, detected, and constructed. It fascinates me in terms of understanding its world.
Transpose project, the objects carried by sea in the same place, changing. It is an experimental process that begins with photographing at times. A lot of these wastes, consisting of various forms and materials. It is a summary of the cultural and economic changes in their actions. They are in perpetual motion and therefore infinite variations. It can be produced. When these objects are out of context, their meanings change and transform into simple building materials, they present a different kind of reality that explores its limits. Transpose combines the concept of space with the waste products of contemporary culture formatting experiments.
Chris Dierdorp has a broad knowledge of art history and is inspired by great masters such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Rembrandt, and Vermeer.
Chris has Indian roots and has lived in Indonesia for several years. His experiences there are reflected in his art.
Naomi Schupper incorporates her identity, family history, and former fashion designer profession into her art. She recycles materials and magazines and uses this to create new, personal images in which the theme 'woman' is central.
Froukje collects images of people from magazines and newspapers. She paints intriguing and alienating portraits and situations from these images. Is it about the thought world or a mental state? The portrait shown here is inspired by Rembrandt's 'Flora'.