IN THE PURSUIT OF… is the year program of the Expoplu that (re)thinks our personal position towards the issues and challenges of the 21st century.

For this year the Expoplu will present its overall year-program: IN THE PURSUIT OF…. A program in which contemporary artists, curators, organizers, bookshops, publishers, writers and thinkers will be engaging with contemporary issues that humanity is facing in the 21st century. Central in IN THE PURUIT OF… are three pillars: engagement, experiment and talent-development.

IN THE PURSUIT OF… is curated by Youri Appelo (NL, 1991), and derives from both personal as societal motivations. As a young curator Appelo is continuously questioning himself and his practice: why are we (artists & curators) making art and exhibitions? For whom do we create them? What are the values and goals of an exhibition space such as the Expoplu? On the other hand there are the bigger, meta-issues that Appelo wants to discuss in relation to and from the arts: what is the role of the artist in the current geopolitical landscape? How should we as art institutes deal with inclusiveness and diversity? Or how can we safeguard a place for experimentation, in a world that is more and more focussed on clear and finished products? Appelo hopes to challenge the visitor to grasp the spirit of the exhibition by finishing the year program its title: ‘IN THE PURSUIT OF… a better tomorrow; a gender diverse institute; or less censorship’.

IN THE PURSUIT OF… aims to create a space for experiment and critical ideas and hopes to transform the Expoplu into an open and educational institute, to create a space where young and talented artists from the region can exhibited or can interact with more experienced artists from the Netherlands or abroad. With his program Appelo hopes to create a bridge between Arnhem and Nijmegen, and to enhance cultural and artistic transactions between the two cities.

The support of the Stroomversneller Arnhem was used for several Arnhem-based artistis and curators that took part in IN THE PURSUIT OF… The support was also used to involve WALTER bookshop and to give an Arnhem-based designer the possibility to create new works and visuals for the project. The support made it possible that the artists could create new work, show existing works or get more experienced in organising and curating exhibitions.