Saskia Janssen’s exhibition centers on a newly commissioned LP record of field recordings of human chants. During a visit to Tibet in 2014, she was struck by mantras chanted everywhere: in the streets, temples, caves, and markets. Most of these chants endeavored for peace, happiness, to generate compassion or to overcome obstacles, not just for those who chanted but also for all living beings. Since chanting is not allowed everywhere in Tibet, its pervasiveness is a kind of activism. As Janssen began her ISCP residency in New York, she was touched by the similarity between the intent of activist chants in the streets of New York and the chanted mantras in Tibet, and their shared goals of justice and peace. Displaying a sound piece that combines the Tibetan and American chants, Janssen will also present a photograph of a line drawing made with objects, and a line drawing that weaves across album covers installed on the wall.
Saskia Janssen (born 1968, Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands) lives and works in Amsterdam. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Art in The Hague and was a resident at the Rijksakademie in 1996 and 1997. Her exhibitions include Diamonds in the Sky, Museum Het Dolhuys, Haarlem; A Glass of Water (Some Objects on the Path to Enlightenment), Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS, Amsterdam; The Dutch Identity?, Museum De Paviljoens, Almere; and Monument for Invisible Particles, a commission for the Bonairian tax building for the Central Government Real Estate Agency. Saskia Janssen’s residency is sponsored by the Mondriaan Fund.
Saskia Janssen: Everything Is One is presented in conjunction with Ishu Han: Memory of Each Other. Although these exhibitions were independently conceived, many of the works in both exhibitions contemplate Buddhist ideas and forms in a contemporary world.
September 8, 6:30-8pm: Torma making workshop and discussion with Saskia Janssen.
Exhibition support is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Greenwich Collection, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA).
The exhibition is curated by Kari Conte with Shinnie Kim, and is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalog available for free to the public.