About Everyone for Themselves

Everyone for Themselves is initiated by artists Bik Van der Pol and Jan van de Pavert, and developed in collaboration with Liesbeth Levy (Artistic Director, De Unie) and Defne Ayas(Director, Witte de With, Centre for Contemporary Art). It also marks the first of the series of collaborative events and workshops, dedicated to the research, presentation, and discussion of economic and ethical developments in the contemporary art scene on a larger platform. Everyone for Themselves is ‘adopted’ by AND AND AND, an artist run initiative which will use the time before dOCUMENTA (13) in 2011 and 2012 to consider with individuals and groups across the world the role art and culture can play today and the constituent publics or communities which could be addressed. The series of interventions, situations, and occurrences entitled AND AND AND are part of dOCUMENTA (13) and will compose a map of emergent positions, concerns, and possible points of solidarity.

Everyone for Themselves takes place at De Unie (www.deunie.nu), a reconstruction of the famous Dutch architect J.J.P. Oud’s café and contemporary platform for debate, art and culture, and Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art (www.wdw.nl), an international public institution in Rotterdam. Established in 1990, Witte de With explores developments in contemporary art worldwide by means of exhibitions, theoretical and educational programs, public events and publications.