New conversation with Nele Brökelmann for Metropolis M as part of the Diaspora Dialogen issue is now online.

"In the current issue of Metropolis M (Diaspora dialogen) Mayis Rukel is presenting an artist contibution, wrapping up the strange but intense last twelve months showing tables with Tarot cards, inspiring books, personal notes and a funding application form. Nele Brökelmann talks to the 2020 recipient of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy Award for Autonomous Art about his widely praised graduation work The Pendant and his plans for the future."

You can read the full interview here.


The Pendant is available as part of the TENT Rotterdam online cinema until April 19th. TENT will show 20 films in total from Rotterdam based artists, one or two new films presented every Monday at 20:00 to stay on view for two weeks. You can follow the program here and watch The Pendant here.


Conversation with Narges Mohammadi for (A)WAKE on representation in the Netherlands and Turkey and the use of digital culture as a possible tool for cultural understanding.

<< Colonial Europe never imagined us as people with agency and power, and the current extension of that history is still perplexed about what to make of us. I’m attracted to the idea of making use of that confusion and utilizing it for our self-definition of what it means to be from the WANA diaspora >>

Read the whole interview at a-wake.world


Where voices are raw, and discussions are thorough. Where complexity becomes a nest for vulnerability. Where we, Mayıs Rukel and Lucie Gérard, seek to make sense of our messy human experience, while filling our bellies with laughter and our minds with nourishing conversations. Wide open. Curious. Accepting. Such is the space we strive to create. Welcome to the Soft Edges Podcast. Listen to us every Sunday on Spotify and YouTube.

Find us on instagram @softedgespodcast

Our music is by the amazing Patrick Walinga and our graphic design is by the wonderful Yuri Sato.


The Pendant Tarot Deck, First Spread of 2021 is on the new issue of Metropolis M  as part of the theme Diaspora Dialogen.

"The image is rooted in my fascination with intellectual workspaces as the physical and literal grounding for generating creative political activity. A desk in a round room within a run-down ivory tower: objects ending up on the desk that inevitably carry the spirit of the time and its relevant subjects."


A nice conversation with Hein van Joolen and Julius Ponten for the new episode of the podcast CutCast is out; in depth discussion on The Pendant and its creation process, relating The Pendant to Turkey, the upcoming podcast collaboration of Mayis Rukel & Lucie Gérard and some other stories. You can watch the episode on YouTube here or listen to it on Spotify here.


The Pendant is on de Filmkrant with an interview by Alexander Zwart; a key summary to a longer conversation facilitated by Zwart with very interesting questions. You can read the interview here.


On December 9th, 2020 at Perdu in Amsterdam, The Pendant will be shown at the launch event of the new issue of the Simulacrum magazine followed by a Q&A with Mayis Rukel. The event will also feature a reading by the artist Alina Lupu of her text You Asshole (2016) and an interview with Sandra Kisters, Head of Collection and Research at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen related to her 2017 publication The Lure of the Biographical: On the (Self-) Representation of Modern Artists.

You can reserve your spot here.

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SELECTED 2020 was launched by Radio Rietveld and Ben Zegers, with 'SELECTED 2020 - Video Portraits'; concept & production by Vere van Hal and Bieneke Bennekers, the interviews conducted by Luuk Heezen and the videos filmed and edited by Rik Lauwen. The eight video portraits are created together with the artists to give insight in their way of thinking and working and gives the viewer the chance to dive deeper into the work of our graduates. Special thanks to the jury members GRA Awards 2020 for Autonomous Arts; Femke Herregraven and Charl Landvreugd. All video portraits can be viewed at rietveldacademie.nl/selected2020 and the other participating artists are Irene Ha, Clémence Lollia Hilaire, Matilda Kenttä, Simon Marsiglia, Alexis Stephenson, Nomin Zezegmaa and Eric van Zuilen.

You can watch the video portrait of Mayis Rukel discussing The Pendant here.


The Pendant will be part of the Netherlands Film Festival 2020 and will be available online on demand during the NFF talent days, 9th-13th December.


You can read the interview with The New Originals about The Pendant and the Best of Graduates 2020 show of Galerie Ron Mandos here. The photos shown here are by Eben Badu.


The Pendant is on De Volkskrant with a beautiful review by Sarah van Binsbergen. You can read the article here.


The Pendant is on display at Galerie Ron Mandos, Prinsengracht 282 in Amsterdam as part of their Best of Graduates 2020 show until November 20th, with part of the original The Pendant tarot deck also shown on the blue wall. You can reserve your spot through the Galerie Ron Mandos website. (The photo of the installation shown here is by Michèle Margot.)


The Pendant is featured on Metropolis M October/November issue with a beautiful text by Jorik Amit Galama.


The Pendant was invited by curator Radek Vana and team Galerie Ron Mandos to be a part of the 2020 edition of their annual Best of Graduates show in Galerie Ron Mandos in Amsterdam. You can see the show between 28th October and 20th November at Galerie Ron Mandos, Prinsengracht 282.


The Pendant won the Gerrit Rietveld Academie Awards 2020 for the Autonomous Arts, selected by this year's jury Charl Landvreugd and Femke Herregraven.

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