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Wafae Ahalouch el Keriasti / Mind the Black!

As part of M2015, visual artist Wafae Ahalouch el Keriasti gives the mining past a place in the SCHUNCK staircase with a new mural: Mind the Black! Her own themes based on the imagery of the circus flow together with various parts of the history of the former Mining Region. 


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Mind the Black!

In Mind the Black! Ahalouch presents a visual story, which brings out memories of mining history in the heart of the old mining metropolis: the staircase of SCHUNCK. Her own interest in issues of representation merge in the mural with different parts of the mining region's history. The use of circus elements approaches mining history from an entirely innovative angle. Contrasts in seriousness and humour (a laugh and a tear) run like a thread through the work, which can be seen in the stairwell throughout 2015.

Wafae Ahalouch el Keriasti

Work by Ahalouch (b. 1978) has been included in the SCHUNCK collection before. She followed her studies at the Ateliers and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. With several nominations in her pocket, such as the Amsterdamprijs 2012 and the Wolvencampprijs 2014, Wafae Ahalouch el Keriasti has acquired an important position in contemporary visual art. She won the Koninklijke Prijs voor Vrije Schilderkunst in 2003. Besides doing various residencies (including the Ateliers, The Rijksakademie, Kunstelhaus Bethanien-Berlin), she has participated in international exhibitions: Marrakech (Biennale 2014), New York, Brussels, Paris. More information about Ahalouch can be found on her website

Since 2011, SCHUNCK has also included work by Ahalouch in its modern and contemporary painting collection of the municipality of Heerlen. Ahalouch's work fits perfectly in this collection: with her thematic installation she bridges past and present, painting and society, collection and collective memory.

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5x Nederlands Mijnverleden

This presentation was part of 5x Nederlands Mijnverleden. For M2015, SCHUNCK invited artists and culture makers who deal with the past in a special way by linking personal processes of recollection to collective, social memory. They shape the future of yesterday in their own way in five presentations.