Simon Senn, Trespassages; Nest, The Hague

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I visited Simon Senn’s show Trespassages at Nest to write a review for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the review in combination with the present shows in Pulchri and Maurits van de Laar gallery (in Dutch).

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Senn works with a mixture of performances, photography and video.

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The actors in the video’s may or may not have a more or less directed role. More or less, as being in front of a camera always changes a person. That is an inclusive aspect of Senn’s actions and videos.

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Senn is trying hard not to give a moral judgement on his subjects, but on the other hand he forces the viewer to review his/her own moral (or other) judgement.

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This works quite well in the photo project Salon Kennedy I-VI in which Senn asked a psychologist to write a psychological report based on photo’s of different individuals, or

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in Meadowlands Zone 1 where South Africans are asked to take part in a contest of who can give the most furious speech.

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On the other hand i don’t see much of a point in offhandedly asking questions as an outsider to people of an inward looking community like in Purlieus Tales. You get what you expect and the cliché becomes a self fulfilling prophecy.

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Nevertheless, take your time and have a look yourself as it’s an interesting show and very well presented.

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Content of pictures courtesy Simon Senn and Nest


Bertus Pieters