I visited Maurits van de Laar’s gallery to write a review for Villa La Repubblica about the present show, featuring works by Dieter Mammel, Hans de Wit and Nour-Eddine Jarram. Click here to read the full review and see some extra footage (in Dutch; review combined with shows in Pulchri and Nest).
Hans de Wit’s works on paper show an interesting mixture of wonder and aw.
Referring to the title of the show, one could think of the passage from the conscious to the unconscious or even from life to death, a process of drowning in a vast sea, or culture taken over by nature.
Nour-Eddine Jarram shows quite a number of water colours, dealing with the so-called clash of cultures, forced migration and protection against suffering.
He more or less translates existing photographs in a somewhat Rembrandtesque style mixed with Jarram’s almost calligraphic way of drawing human expressions.
Dieter Mammel shows two big ink drawings on canvas with boats full of migrating people in between the high waves, incorporating boats and waves in the structure of the canvas.
He also made a video of a project with refugee-children, interviewing them while they were making drawings.
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Contents of the pictures courtesy the artists and Galerie Maurits van de Laar.