Margherita Soldati /Bio Art and Design/

Presenting “Evolving Sensitivities”

At 14, Margherita was diagnosed with allergies to all vegetables and fruits, raw or cooked. Unfortunately, little scientific progress has been made on this issue.

Her ongoing art project, 'Evolving Sensitivities,' explores what triggers these allergies and why. The project involves extensive research, altering diagnostic methods, by using fermentation and cooking techniques. Self-body testing reveals new and distinct reactions to food processes. To comprehend the 'why' behind these allergies, Margherita broadens the concept of diagnosis to encompass interconnected body systems, historical, ecological, and narrative factors. It ventures into a multidimensional space, including dynamics of power beyond the individual.

The investigation weaves a network of narratives merging immunology, microbiology, and evolution, broadened into an exploration of interconnectedness within scientific domains.

Margherita Soldati is a visual artist with a profound sense of care and curiosity for the intersection of art and well-being. Her work centers on the transformative potential of materials and their connection to the human senses. Her multidisciplinary practice encompasses installation, sculpture, and performance, utilizing natural elements and organic textures. She often engages with society’s institutions of science, healthcare, and science of the mind, to engender accessible relationships with the work of experts.

Margherita invites viewers to intimately engage with their surroundings, fostering a deeper understanding of our intricate relationship with the environment and the profound impact of sensory experiences.

Stimulating and facilitating top talent with affordable living and working space, a budget, and a network – that is the goal of the 3Package Deal. This successful program of the Amsterdam Fund of the Arts (AFK) and Bureau Broedplaatsen in collaboration with renowned Amsterdam institutions is now regarded as the best practice in the field of talent development.

The Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK) invests in the arts which enrich the experience of life in the city of Amsterdam. The AFK encourages the quality, dynamism and diversity of the arts in Amsterdam, and contributes to the city's strong and richly varied cultural climate. The fund is available to all disciplines within the cultural sector, for cultural organizations and artists. The AFK supports both experimentation and proven quality, established organizations and those that are relatively new, the professional arts and amateur arts - from every district of the city. As a metropolitan cultural fund, the AFK offers support to high-quality cultural activities, it functions as a booster for the arts within the city and is an investor in a sustainable future for the cultural sector.

Bureau Broedplaatsen is part of the municipality of Amsterdam. Its task is to realize more affordable studios and (residential) workspaces for artists and incubator groups. Bureau Broedplaatsen does this in collaboration with target group organisations, city districts, central services, corporations, real estate agents, developers, and banks.

We thank our partners, the renowned Amsterdam cultural institutions listed below who take part in the 15 coalitions that select the participating artists and provide them with guidance and a supportive network. They are of vital importance to the program.

Film and Interactive Media: Filmacademie / IDFA / EYE / Fashion: HTNK / OSCAM / AMFI Visual Art: FOAM / Rietveld Academie / De Appel Arts Centre / Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam / Kunstverein / Rijksakademie / Engaged Art: Veem House of Performance / De Balie / De Ateliers / Urban Realm: NDSM-Werf / Over het IJ Festival / Das Arts (AHK) / Theatre: Academie voor Theater en Dans/ Amerpodia / Theater Bellevue / Dance: ICK Artist Space / Frascati Theater / AHK / SNDO (AHK Dans) / Music: Conservatorium Amsterdam / Muziekgebouw aan het IJ / Melkweg / Cabaret: Academie voor Theater en Dans / De Kleine Komedie / Amsterdams Kleinkunst Festival / Interhistoricity: Oude Kerk / Museum van Loon / H401 / Reinwardt Academie / Publishing Performance: Werkplaats Typografie (ArtEz) / If I Can’t Dance / Sandberg Instituut – Critical Studies / Social Design: Waag / Hackers&Designers / Framer Framed / Self-taught: Likeminds / Theater Bellevue / Theater De Meervaart / Bio Art and Design: Waag / Mediamatic/ VU Amsterdam

Event credits:

Curated by Bogomir Doringer.
Event production by Rafael Kozdron.
Felix Meritis production by Rivka van der Berg.
Press contact: Charlie Thole (AFK.
Project leaders: Johanna Brils (AFK) and Naïma Bouchtaoui (Bureau Broedplaatsen).