Soup is the substance that brings us together and therefore an ongoing experiment. It stands for never-ending stories and a polyphony of connections and possible scenarios. At this moment Soup sticks 6 of us together at Kruisplein 23b in Rotterdam, in a temporary space about to be demolished. Although we do many different things (some paint, some code, some mould and sculpt, while others write), our work often emphasizes the process instead of the final product. Soup takes time.
soupstantial@gmail.com @soupstantial
1 Avital Barkai :)
2 Darly Benneker (1992, Medellin). The relationship between the human body and time in its transient character has always fascinated me. In my work, I search for those experiences and states that make me confront the constraint of my own body, while at the same time, I seek the intimacy and protection that it offers. My practice focuses on exploring materials and the shapes they can take, while I work with my own parameters of intimacy, fragility and sensitivity. These perspectives are synthesized into sculptures, installations and performances, providing intimate and fragile environments, and reminding us of the protective role of the body.
www.darlybenneker.cargo.site
3 Nicolas Garin Odriozola (1993, Uruguay) is an architect.
4 Martin George (1993, Sydney) is an Australian artist whose paintings explore abstraction with a graphic, light-hearted and imaginative emphasis. Using emblematic forms, his paintings depict figures, scenes and abstract compositions. He has exhibited at artist-run and commercial galleries since 2016 and has been shortlisted for several Australian prizes.
www.martin-george.com
5 Zosia Nowakowska :)
6 Anna Sandri is a visual artist and graphic designer based in Rotterdam whose work crosses different media including games, illustration, creative coding and writing. She often investigates systems of belief, myths and storytellings in order to expose and play with their hidden functioning.
www.annasandri.com
7 Damianos Zisimou (1994, Nicosia) is a visual artist and researcher based in Rotterdam (NL) and Nicosia(CY). He holds a BFA from the Art Academy in Rome (IT) and a MA in Cultural Sociology from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam (NL). His main research interests are centered around the topics of decolonial thinking, museology and archives, while his artistic practice visually explores how the past is documented, classified and interpreted in the present.
www.damianoszisimou.com
Avital Barkai
Darly Benneker (1992, Medellin). The relationship between the human body and time in its transient character has always fascinated me. In my work, I search for those experiences and states that make me confront the constraint of my own body, while at the same time, I seek the intimacy and protection that it offers. My practice focuses on exploring materials and the shapes they can take, while I work with my own parameters of intimacy, fragility and sensitivity. These perspectives are synthesized into sculptures, installations and performances, providing intimate and fragile environments, and reminding us of the protective role of the body.
www.darlybenneker.cargo.site
Martin George (1993, Sydney) is an Australian artist whose paintings explore abstraction with a graphic, light-hearted and imaginative emphasis. Using emblematic forms, his paintings depict figures, scenes and abstract compositions. He has exhibited at artist-run and commercial galleries since 2016 and has been shortlisted for several Australian prizes.
www.martin-george.com
Nicolas Garin Odriozola (1993, Uruguay) is an architect, sadly...
Zosia Nowakowska
Anna Sandri is a visual artist and graphic designer based in Rotterdam whose work crosses different media including games, illustration, creative coding and writing. She often investigates systems of belief, myths and storytellings in order to expose and play with their hidden functioning.
www.annasandri.com
Damianos Zisimou (1994, Nicosia) is a visual artist and researcher based in Rotterdam (NL) and Nicosia(CY). He holds a BFA from the Art Academy in Rome (IT) and a MA in Cultural Sociology from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam (NL). His main research interests are centered around the topics of decolonial thinking, museology and archives, while his artistic practice visually explores how the past is documented, classified and interpreted in the present.
www.damianoszisimou.com
Coming up
24, 25 September 2022
GRAW22 Open Studio day
Soup will be opening its doors for visitors on the 24th and 25th of September 2022 as part of the Groot Rotterdam Atelier Weekend. On display, we will have the work of Darly Benneker, Martin George, Anna Sandri and Damianos Zisimou. Doors open from 11 to 17.
www.grootrotterdamsatelierweekend.nl
Past events
11 June 2022
Doughmaking at Soup
Soup hosted a hands-on workshop focused on pasta-making.
4 March 2022 - 25 March 2022
Materie
Darly Benneker

1 skin /'skIn/ noun. 1. The installation examines the relationship we have with our skin; The artist is fascinated by the skin in its plasticity and fragility; the way it morphs in all shapes and sizes; the way it grows with us and the way it disappears, with us. While it allows us to morph and forces us to change, it also teaches us to feel and collects our feelings within. 4. Get under (someone's) skin; 1. To irritate or stimulate; provoke; 2. To preoccupy someone; become an obsession. 5. Under the skin; Beneath the surface; fundamentally: enemies who are really brothers under the skin. Nevertheless, skin is not an empty canvas, skin stays political, the skin carries histories, and past experiences inscribed in it, while it continues to condition future actions.1.lo bruise, cut, or injure the skin or surface of She skinned her knee.
3 July 2021 - 20 July 2021
I don’t know what am I myself, It is so very difficult to explain.
Damianos Zisimou

An exhibition where the artist visually explores the archaeological past of his native Cyprus. Documents, lists, representations and photographs from archaeological archives about the island are revisited by the artist. Re-entering the taken-for-granted and forgotten, the artist created a visual narrative that challenges the dominant interpretations of history and makes spaces for alternative reasoning.
20 February 2021
The Rythm of Dimensions
Darly Benneker and Mart Koenen

A performance examining the relationship between our bodies and the objects around us. It coordinates the change of experiences, movement and the boundaries of shapes that are transformed into its opposites: the absence and the wait.
29 January 2021 - 26 February 2021
My body is a landscape
Darly Benneker

Through researching the aesthetics of bodies, landscapes and memories, Darly constructs and reconstructs material in a contemporary, poetic and dreamlike environment to expose the elusiveness of human beings.
Avital Barkai
Darly Benneker
Nicolas Garin Odriozola
Martin George
Anna Sandri
Damianos Zisimou
Zosia Nowakowska