Not an Assignment Serana Angelista, Ziarah Janssen & Kenneth Aidoo

Not an Assignment
Hama Gallery

Serana Angelista, Ziarah Janssen & Kenneth Aidoo

The everything

Not an Assignment
Serana Angelista, Ziarah Janssen & Kenneth Aidoo
6 Aug – 26 Sep 2021 

Hama Gallery presenteert met trots Not an Assignment: Serana Angelista, Ziarah Janssen en Kenneth Aidoo. Een groepsexpositie zonder eisen, voorwaarden of verwachtingen. Met een carte blanche ontpoppen deze drie kunstenaars zich los van enige opdracht of opgedragen kaders. Het werk duikt in het verleden en de toekomst en viert de artistieke verbeeldingskracht met een overvloed aan betekenis, levendige kleuren en geschilderde zowel als digitale texturen en patronen. 

Ziarah Janssen’s palette of blues holds her energetic works for Not an Assignment together, featuring in every painting – sometimes as a quiet background, sometimes lacing in and out of a gradient of bright pinks and purples. In Ziarah’s work, the viewer can distinguish two styles. One is a devoted take on the woman as a subject: fluid as dancers, lovers or mother and daughter. These paintings are more figurative, starting as a sketch, and are characterized by smooth curvature. The other style is intuitive, freehanded abstractions: “I don’t know what I want but I’m looking for the moment it appears. Lots of paint, lots of feeling.”  

  • Mother to Daughter

  • Hugs Forever

  • The Everything

  • Acceptance

Silence to Society

Expo Silence to Society

Two sisters, Ziarah and Tisja Janssen, combine their passions and beliefs to inspire and motivate through visual communication. They blend their mixed-race roots from Curaçao and Amsterdam into a young, funky, dynamic and feminine art that’s inclusive and colorful. Especially for this exhibition, they collaborate with their biggest inspiration: Their mother, Helen Martina.

All the artworks were created in times when the world was on its most quiet. The silence provoked us to search for our own identity and create from out our own identity. All the pieces are true extension of our journey and research to self-love and acceptance, daring us to speak up and visually communicate our beliefs.

Artists

Sisters Janssen

Expo location

Albert Cuypstraat 2-6, Amsterdam

Year

2021

  • Female is heaven

    110 CM – POLYSTONE

    Women owning their own expressive sensuality. In silence, we focus on what we own, on what we are gifted, pure and natural. Heavenly.

    This art piece is made in collaboration with Helen Martina.

  • We the people

    14 X 14 X 2 1⁄2 CM – CLAY AND WAX

    These art pieces are made in collaboration with Helen Martina. Sold as separate items.

  • I Darlin

    80 X 120 CM – ACRYLIC ON COTTON

    You are no different, we might as well be blue.

  • Face to Face

    60 X 80 CM – ACRYLIC ON COTTON

    A touch feels so far away.

  • Blue water

    80 X 100 CM – ACRYLIC ON COTTON

    The sound of water keeps repeating. The waves will take over my thoughts and create new memories.

  • On tension

    40 X 50 CM – ACRYLIC ON COTTON

    There is a thin line between you and me. You might not see it, he keeps it tight.

ADRIFT | a visual poem voicing the reflections of five artists and their relationship with silence.

Director

Isabel Evagelisti

Sound design

Soundhouse Amsterdam

Film partner

Fashion Film Festival Amsterdam

Art curator

Bionda Sno

Location

Sir Albert Hotel

Featured artists

@noorvanspaendonck, @corine_v_voorbergen, @skulljan, @deepak.leica, @sistersjanssen.

Expo Speak Up x Sisters

Expo Speak Up x Sisters

Combining painting and Tisja’s talent for editing and art directing.

The words of Nina Simone’s song, “to be young, gifted and black” are the sisters’ motto.

Photos by

Sophie van Hasselt

Makeup artist

Bart Brom

Year

2020

Expo Speak Up

Expo Speak Up

For many years Ziarah kept pretty quiet, hoping things would change without her intervening. She painted Speak Up because she felt the need to say something in her own way, for the black community, for a world without racism. 

Besides paintings Ziarah also collaborates with her sister Tisja, creating another dimension by blending photography & painting in the form of intriguing collages. 

This exposition is all about speaking up, sharing stories and creating an immersive experience. For this exposition 2 bespoke tracks have been created by Rik van Leeuwen & Laurens de Kramer better known as Soundhouse Amsterdam.

Location

Radio Radio Amsterdam

Sound

Soundhouse Amsterdam

Year

2020

  • THE STRUGGLE

    80 X 120 CM – ACRYLIC ON COTTON – SOLD

    LISTEN TO THE MUSIC

    The Struggle simply reflects Ziarah’s struggle with being a mixed-race woman. Not really feeling herself in the Netherlands, neither in Curacao. 

  • SPEAK UP

    100 X 120 CM – ACRYLIC ON COTTON – SOLD

    LISTEN TO THE MUSIC

  • NAME IT

    80 X 120 CM – ACRYLIC ON COTTON – FOR SALE

    Name it represents the struggle of naming things, putting words on things. Communicating with the world, answering questions. Knowing how we feel right away.

  • GF 2020

    FOR SALE

    This painting is a tribute to George Floyd’s life. The painting is dark just like the times Ziarah painted in. This piece is on auction and all proceeds will be donated to charity funds like Black Lives Matter.

  • DON’T FEEL LIKE MYSELF

    70 X 100 CM – DIFFERENT TYPES OF PAINT ON COTTON – FOR SALE

    When starting this piece Ziarah had something really colourful in mind. In the context of COVID and Black Lives Matter protests, Ziarah was feeling weird and alienated. So she painted over the portrait in white. Ziarah invites the viewer to interpret the painting in its own way. 

  • YOUNG CHILDREN S-UP

    80 X 60 CM – ACRYLIC ON COTTON – SOLD

    With this piece Ziarah reminds us that children are the ones that we should perhaps listen to more. Young children are less afraid, more honest, and hopefully did not construct any bias yet. Ziarah invites them to tell their mind and be the hope of future generations. 

  • MESSY MIND

    60 X 80 – ACRYLIC ON LINNEN – SOLD

    ONLY AVAILEBLE IN PRINT
     

    Artist Ziarah Janssen is mixed race. Her father is white and her mother is black. As a child, she was not really aware of the History of Black communities. Ziarah is a pretty quiet character who like many of us, dislikes conflicts. The recent events that shook the world in the USA made ZIZI aware to fight racism. She realized she needed to do a lot of study on her own background as a mixed-race person. Messy mind is the mind of someone who is shocked, worried, on a path to educate herself.

  • UNFAIR

    140 X 100 CM – DIFFERENT TYPES OF PAINT ON COTTON – FOR SALE

    ONLY AVAILEBLE IN PRINT
     

    With Unfair, Ziarah simply says that there are a lot of things that we hear or see every day that are deeply unfair. In this painting we can recognize 3 people thanks to eyes, ears and mouths floating around. These faces represent the multiple voices we hear in the news or on social media. 

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LAASSO

LAASSO in collaboration with Amsterdam based photographer, Angela Huizer, photographed and interviewed the beautiful Sisters Janssen, Tisja and Ziarah and their mother Helen. We discussed what sisterhood means to them, what they stand for in the fashion industry and where they find their inspiration. Tisja and Ziarah are Sisters Janssen. Born in Curaçao and living in Amsterdam, they are sisters and artists.

Read the complete interview on Laasso.

Instagram @laasso

 

photographer

Angela Huizer

Artist

Tisja &  Ziarah Janssen

Helen Martina

What do you stand for? What do you want to accomplish as sisters?

We stand for a colourful future and focus on celebrating the beauty of black women and the beauty of all kinds of women. 

What would you like to see change in the fashion industry?

A representation of every kind of woman, in every shape and colour or just being. 

Helen martina

What is the most important life lesson that you want to teach your daughters?

They are such beautiful strong ladies. My goal has always ben for then to be themselves. To be who they are and to stand by what they believe in.

How do you see yourself in your daughter’s artwork?

They make their unique own style. The focus on the strong black woman is something we have in common.

What do you value most in your life?

I think it is very important to stay true to yourself, value your own worth, that will result in being a loving and healthy person, you will value family, people in general, nature.

 

  • Helen Martina

    What is the most important life lesson that you want to teach your daughters?

    They are such beautiful strong ladies. My goal has always ben for then to be themselves. To be who they are and to stand by what they believe in.

    How do you see yourself in your daughter’s artwork?

    They make their unique own style. The focus on the strong black woman is something we have in common.

    What do you value most in your life?

    I think it is very important to stay true to yourself, value your own worth, that will result in being a loving and healthy person, you will value family, people in general, nature.

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