Aimée Zito Lema at Oude Kerk in Amsterdam opening in 2021

Aimée Zito Lema is invited for a commissioned work at the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam. The installation is postponed and will be shown in 2021. She will be the second artist from the gallery program – after Giorgio Andreotta Calò in 2018 – who will present a large scale installation at the Oude Kerk-venue.

Aimée Zito Lema is using the traces of two remarkable conflict situations at the Oude Kerk; the Iconoclastic Fury of 1566 and the more recent legal fight about the use of the church as a contemporary art venue. The material that these two conflicts have left behind will be used in a series of  new work, which includes photography, sculpture, tapestry, poetry and a basin installation.

Aimée Zito Lema
Studies for the Oude Kerk commission
artist studio Amsterdam, March 2020

Aimée Zito Lema works with images, holy figures and other relics from the Catholic past of the Oude Kerk that were largely destroyed during the Iconoclastic Fury. She also closely follows the public debate about the current use of the church, which regularly flares up since the Oude Kerk was officially designated a venue for contemporary art installations in 2013. Zito Lema collected material on these discussions: from newspaper clippings and letters to editors to legal texts. Together with young poetry students she transformed words taken from these documents into new poems that will be part of the exhibition. The visual language of the installation (construction lamps, scaffolding) brings to mind the restoration work that is always in progress in the church and that symbolizes both change and resistance to change.

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Aimée Zito Lema is presented in an extended interview as ‘rising star 2020’ for the visual arts in the Dutch national newspaper NRC (8 January 2020).