Azor was Franco’s yacht. Sánchez bought it and had it demolished to neat parcels of junk.
The definitive demolition goes on overnight and looks like a faint echo of the demolition of Guernica.
But it also shows that the trauma of the Franco era is still there in Sánchez’s homeland Spain (and sadly we can still witness it in recent developments there).
History, perception and its traumas are also part of Hamid El Kanbouhi’s (1976) great and impressive installation Take a LeaFe,
It tries to balance between different cultures, expectations and facts.
Marjan Teeuwen (1956) shows her photo series Destroyed House Gaza, probably the most literal interpretation of the show’s title.
She shows the destroyed house as a stage of remembrance, its trauma and its re-ordered emptiness.
In a way they may remind you of Anselm Kiefer’s paintings of the 1980s.
Remembrance and destruction, the more they become traumatic the more they become monumental as well.
As such Nouvelles Images has made a very coherent and moving show in which the aesthetics of all three artists communicate very well.
Demolition and distortion and us trying to find a way, a place and a reason in them, traumatic as they may seem, have an aesthetics of their own.
Earlier works by El Kanbouhi and Teeuwen are adding to these aesthetics.
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©Villa Next Door 2017
Content of all photographs courtesy to the artists and Galerie Nouvelles Images, Den Haag.