[At] Home, works by Hamid El Kanbouhi, Fernando Sánchez Castillo and Marjan Teeuwen; Nouvelles Images, The Hague

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

The title [At] Home covers only part of the present exhibition at Nouvelles Images. For instance guest artist Fernando Sánchez Castillo (1970) shows his video Guernica Syndrome, Azor.

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

Azor was Franco’s yacht. Sánchez bought it and had it demolished to neat parcels of junk.

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

The definitive demolition goes on overnight and looks like a faint echo of the demolition of Guernica.

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

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).

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

History, perception and its traumas are also part of Hamid El Kanbouhi’s (1976) great and impressive installation Take a LeaFe,

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

It tries to balance between different cultures, expectations and facts.

Marjan Teeuwen

Marjan Teeuwen

Marjan Teeuwen

Marjan Teeuwen

Marjan Teeuwen (1956) shows her photo series Destroyed House Gaza, probably the most literal interpretation of the show’s title.

Marjan Teeuwen

Marjan Teeuwen

Marjan Teeuwen

Marjan Teeuwen

She shows the destroyed house as a stage of remembrance, its trauma and its re-ordered emptiness.

Marjan Teeuwen

Marjan Teeuwen

Marjan Teeuwen

In a way they may remind you of Anselm Kiefer’s paintings of the 1980s.

Marjan Teeuwen

Marjan Teeuwen

Marjan Teeuwen

Remembrance and destruction, the more they become traumatic the more they become monumental as well.

Marjan Teeuwen

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

As such Nouvelles Images has made a very coherent and moving show in which the aesthetics of all three artists communicate very well.

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

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.

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Hamid El Kanbouhi

Earlier works by El Kanbouhi and Teeuwen are adding to these aesthetics.

Hamid El Kanbouhi

[Click on the pictures to enlarge]

©Villa Next Door 2017

Content of all photographs courtesy to the artists and Galerie Nouvelles Images, Den Haag.

 

Bertus Pieters

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