Pierre Derks: Mind your step, at LhGWR, The Hague

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To write a review for Villa La Repubblica about Pierre Derks’ present show Mind your step, I visited LhGWR (Lief hertje en de Grote Witte Reus) Gallery. Derks shows a number of video loops which deal with the relation between the individual and the group in public space, like

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in 4 Wheelers where car drivers are waiting, maybe for traffic lights. The camera is fixed, the geometric background remains the same, the drivers

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are all going the same direction and are all waiting for some time to continue their ways to the future.

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It is not easy making pictures of photographs, especially when there are moving elements in them.

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This is the background of Exodus against which women with bags on trolleys are hurrying in one direction.

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In this loop (Escalator) you see a sequence of afterimages behind every passer-by.

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In front of this geometric backstage you

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may discover some boys moving like ghosts. While

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on a another wall a camera slowly moves along a waiting double-decker train.

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In the cellar there are two more works on show.

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Mind your step!

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One of these works is somewhat obscure, but

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26 Miles is clearly about a marathon. Photographed heads of

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constantly changing individuals,

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slowly moving from left to right,

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their monumentality making it almost heroic.

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The video’s have no sound,

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so it’s good to have a relaxed look at each loop.

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See some more footage here in the review at the Villa La Repubblica blog.

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(Click on the pictures to enlarge)

Bertus Pieters

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