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To See The Inability To See
Maartje Fliervoet is a visual artist who lives and works in Amsterdam. Exploring photography, printmaking, installation, textile, language and printed matter, she aims to make space for the undefined, and formlessness as a way of thinking. In 2015 she initiated Manifold Books (@manifoldbooks), a project space that looks into relations between book space and exhibition space. A selection of spaces her work has been shown in: Institut de Carton (Brussels), Wiels CAC (Brussels), Kunstverein Göttingen (Göttingen), Grimmuseum (Berlin), Lokaal 01 Antwerp (Antwerp), Kunsthal Ghent (Ghent), de Appel (Amsterdam), Rozenstraat (Amsterdam) and Kunstverein (Amsterdam). She has participated in many residencies, including Het Pompgemaal (2018/19), the Frans Masereel Centre (2016, 2020), Air Berlin Alexanderplatz (2013), Lokaal 01 Antwerp (2011) and Wiels CAC (2010).

Arefeh Riahi (1979, Tehran) is a visual artist and researcher based in The Hague. Her writings, performances, videos, installations, drawings and paintings take up questions of archiving and anarchiving, body and space potentialities, relation to power, censorship, translatability, and the multiplicity of interpretation. Her work has been exhibited, among other, at ACC Galerie Weimar (Weimar) the W139 Project space (Amsterdam). de Appel (Amsterdam), Rozenstraat (Amsterdam), REDCAT; Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (Los Angeles, CA), The Peace Palace; The International Court of Justice (The Hague), Gemak (The Hague), 1646 Project Space (The Hague), Pratt Institute (Brooklyn), the 13th Delhi Photo Festival (India), Gallery Isabelle Van den Eynde (Dubai), Cinema Museum (Tehran). She is a graduate of the Azad University, Tehran, and Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten, Den Haag.

Martín La Roche (b. Santiago de Chile, 1988, lives and works in Amsterdam) could be defined as a gatherer and storyteller. His interest in devices that can contain and transport objects and their memories has led him to the creation of portable collections and open books. His work has been shown in solo exhibitions, among others, at MAVI (Museum of Visual Arts, Santiago de Chile); Casanova (Sao Paulo, Brazil); Manifold books (Amsterdam, The Netherlands); Die Ecke Arte Contemporaneo, (Santiago de Chile / Barcelona, Catalunya), Miriam Gallery (Brooklyn, New York); and in group exhibitions in Colombia, Belgium, Serbia, Switzerland, Japan, China, among others.

In 2019, the three of them founded the writing collective To See the Inability to See.

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