The Others Art Fair

A report by Billytown's Sanne Luteijn

Billytown participated this year with Rianne Groen at The Others Art Fair in Turin. One of the side fairs to Artissima, more to be compared to an art fair like Poppositions in Brussels. The Others exists since 2011 ‘with a precise identity and purpose: to select new talents, new
spaces, cultural associations that reflect the variety and complexity of the contemporary art landscape.’ The locations of the fair have been unconventional like an ex-prison, ex-stock exchange and since 2016 in the former hospital Regina Maria Adelaide. This last one was also the location of this years fair coordinated by Bruno Barsanti.

The Others Art Fair

Rianne Groen x Billytown
For The Others, Rianne Groen (Rotterdam) and Billytown (The Hague) have combined two artists of each gallery in a collaborative presentation. Both Kim David Bots and Wouter van der Laan work multidisciplinary and with site specific installations. The collaboration was initiated especially for the fair and asked them to collaborate and with that perceive their own artistic practice in a different light. Both artists collected a personal archive, which often functions as source material for their work, providing a foundation for their work in a personal narrative. Both artists have quite recently started to explore working in more site specific installations. Where Van der Laan emphasizes elimination in the process, wether that is painting, digitally or otherwise, Bots chooses to research the personal in the narrative of daily life (text by Rianne Groen).

The ‘sala d’attesa’ was part of the ‘Specific’ section of the art fair. Referring to the more site specific rooms of the former hospital. All participants of this section reacted in one way or another to the former use of these rooms.

Sala d’attesa during the opening on November 1st
The artists Kim David Bots and Wouter van der Laan at work
Chair by Wouter van der Laan, wooden hat by Kim David Bots and vitrine ‘Z.T.’ by Kim David Bots
Head by Kim David Bots, scarf by Wouter van der Laan
Overview of sala d’attesa by Kim David Bots and Wouter van der Laan
Detail wall installation Wouter van der Laan ‘Untitled (Power Ranger) 2018
Overview
Chair by Wouter van der Laan, ceramic bird by Kim David Bots
Kim David Bots all ‘Z.T.’ 2016
Chair by Wouter van der Laan, ceramic can and cans by Kim David Bots

The others at The Others

Here’s a small impression of the other exhibitors at The Others, but I did not get the chance to photograph all the presentations I wanted, like 3:e Våningen/3:rd Floor from Gothenburg, Sweden or CLOVIS XV & SUPERDEALS from Brussels.

The queue for The Others on Sunday morning
Fardelleria...
...where they would fix the ‘broken clothes’ of the doctors as told by a staff member
Impression of the group prevention at Atelier in.plano, Île-Saint-Denis. Artist on the photo are Pablo Prieto, nikolaiykm, hervet&prokhorov.
Mari-Leen Kiipli at Foku - Estonian Union of Photograpy Artists, Tallinn.
Mari-Leen Kiipli at Foku - Estonian Union of Photograpy Artists, Tallinn.
Someone walking into the room of 1646, The Hague
Sam Keogh at 1646, The Hague
Valérian Goalec at Coherent, Brussels
Valérian Goalec at Coherent, Brussels
Valérian and Maxime Souvent (curator of Coherent) in their space at the fair
Impression detail of the fair
Fadi al-Hamwi at East of Elswhere, Berlin in the ‘Lavaggio Chirurghi’
Fadi al-Hamwi at East of Elswhere, Berlin in the ‘Lavaggio Chirurghi’
The ladies of East of Elswhere
Werner Widmer at widmertheodoridis, Eschlikon in the ‘Sala Strumenti'
Werner Widmer at widmertheodoridis, Eschlikon in the ‘Sala Strumenti'
Impression detail of the fair
Romee van Oers at Post Modern, Amsterdam
Hanna Sophie Dunkelberg at OFFICE IMPART, Berlin
Hanna Sophie Dunkelberg at OFFICE IMPART, Berlin
Alberto and Giacomo, part of the wonderful staff of The Others
Part of a series of stickers that I found throughout the hospital, which also give a nice impression of the details of the former hospital
The Others Art Fair
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