SSOL/AP. Amsterdam. A project by Caterina Silva

Caterina Silva, Rozenstraat, Rijksakademie

SSOL/AP. Amsterdam

4-8 July 2017

project by Caterina Silva


What happens to the thing when someone says it?

How to create an open form able to go beyond the limits of language in describing reality?

Is silence a better option?


What happens to my fist when I open the hand?

And promptly silence turns into discourse, symptom of a power that transforms actions into objects.

Will meaning fill the void that I produce?  

The perspective I look through is Powerlessness.

Powerlessness is not weakness. Rather it is a strict discipline in accepting paradoxes.

A daily rephrased utopia.

An exercise of non-power.


SSOL/AP is an independent choreographic project started in London on September 2016 and later re-staged in Gwangju in November and in Rome in February 2017. We are happy to announce four new studios of the performance SSOL/AP in various locations of the city of Amsterdam between the 4th and the 8th of July 2017.


SSOL/AP is an attempt at expanding Caterina Silva’s research on the limits of language shifting the focus from the production of objects-painting to the creation of a living rhythm.

It takes shape as choreography responsive to both the place in which it is staged and to the participants’ attitudes and capabilities.


The performance’s score is constructed through the juxtaposition of actions belonging to Caterina’s painting process with elements coming from an on going research into Korean cosmetic routine, Zen Buddhism, glossolalia and multilingual writings by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Korean American seminal artist (1951-Busan, 1982-New York).


SSOL/AP is developed in collaboration with and performed by Giovanni Impellizzieri, Johan Kistemann, Andrea Koch, Marta Montevecchi, Caterina Silva, Seung Hee Yeom (Skype).


SSOL/AP has been supported by Girlpower Collection, London (UK), Asia Culture Center, Gwangju (SK), Rijksakademie, Amsterdam (NL), Galleria Valentina Bonomo, Rome (IT), Bosse&Baum, London (UK).


Caterina Silva explores the links between power and language from often silent or pre-linguistic places in order to elude canonical structures of production of meaning.

Recent shows and projects took place in Rome, Galleria Valentina Bonomo, London, Bosse&Baum Gallery, Gwangju, Asia Culture Center, Milan, Galleria Riccardo Crespi, Palermo, Oratorio di San Mercurio, Amsterdam, Jollyjoker, Rijksakademie, Sic Intertrashional. Residency: ACC-R, Asia Culture Center, Gwangju (2016) Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam (2014-15), Cité des Arts, Paris (2012-13).



4 July, h. 17.30 The Family Gym

Tweede Kostverlorenkade 132 /135, 1053 SE Amsterdam


6 July, h. 20.00 ROZENSTRAAT- a rose is a rose is a rose

Rozenstraat 59,  1016 NN Amsterdam


7 July, h. 20.00, Project Space South, Rijksakademie

Sarphatistraat 470, 1018 GW Amsterdam


8 July, h. 19.00 VijzelVintage

Vijzelstraat 83, 1017 HG Amsterdam