[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

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©Villa Next Door 2017

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

 

Bertus Pieters

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Might as Well; Nest, The Hague

Ronald Ophuis

Ronald Ophuis

Might as Well at Nest, is a group show with works by seven artists about power.

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

The exhibition is carefully composed and some well presented and intriguing works by major artists are on show, but in spite of that there isn’t much coherence on offer.

Jan Rothuizen

Jan Rothuizen

Indeed Might as Well does show different aspects of power, but the works don’t really communicate with each other.

L.A. Raeven

L.A. Raeven

They just might have been other works.

 Jan Rothuizen

Jan Rothuizen

MAW 06 Jan Rothuizen

For instance, where is the connection between a rape scene by Ronald Ophuis and a map of the Teniersplantsoen in The Hague by Jan Rothuizen, both brotherly on show almost next to each other?

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

Köken Ergun

Köken Ergun

A better couple are Fernando Sánchez Castillo’s video of a mating dance of two water cannons and Köken Ergun’s video Tank Love, although the latter’s bluntness of the quasi-artistic amateurish camerawork gives more brilliance to Sánchez’ aesthetic work.

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

Though aesthetics isn’t all.

Zachary Formwalt

Zachary Formwalt

Zachary Formwalt

Zachary Formwalt

An in itself very beautiful video by Zachary Formwalt of Berlage’s Stock Exchange in Amsterdam may reveal something about the power of walls to create a special world within the world, but doesn’t that apply to many big buildings?

Zachary Formwalt

Zachary Formwalt

Generally speaking, are there any aspects of power on show  you didn’t know about?

L.A. Raeven

L.A. Raeven

Julika Rudelius

Julika Rudelius

L.A. Raeven’s new work based on the Milgram Experiment isn’t really that revealing and neither is Julika Rudelius’ double video Rites of Passage.

L.A. Raeven

L.A. Raeven

Julika Rudelius

Julika Rudelius

Still, these works are interesting because of the body language (and face language) and the dehumanisation of human character in both works, and the blurring of real life and staged life is intriguing.

Zachary Formwalt

Zachary Formwalt

Köken Ergun

Köken Ergun

If the show would have consisted of these two works, either with or without works of a third artist (for instance Ophuis) it might have been a stronger and more thought provoking presentation. Now Raeven’s and Rudelius’ are just two works amongst a few others.

Jan Rothuizen

Jan Rothuizen

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

Please go and take a look for yourself and have another idea.

L.A. Raeven

L.A. Raeven

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

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Bertus Pieters

Remembered Always….; Stroom, Town Hall, The Hague

ONTV 01 Fernando Sánchez Castillo

Titled Remembered Always… Stroom has organized a modest exhibition in The Hague town hall to show models of two newly designed monuments.

ONTV 02 Thom Puckey
ONTV 03 Thom Puckey

There is a model of Thom Puckey’s new monument for Dutch 19th century liberal prime minister Johan Rudolph Thorbecke (1798-1872) who implemented the modern Dutch constitution.

ONTV 04 Ingrid Mol

ONTV 05 Ingrid Mol

The second design is for a monument by Ingrid Mol for Princess Juliana (1909-2004) who was queen of the Netherlands from 1948 to 1980.

ONTV 06 Mari Andriessen

Stroom took the opportunity to pay attention to the function of monuments in The Hague, either to remember important figures in Dutch history – like this model of Mari Andriessen’s (1897-1979) statue of Johannes Voet, a 17th century lawyer –

ONTV 07 Jaroslawa Dankowa

or to remember decisive moments in history – like this monument for the victims of the Japanese occupation of the former Dutch East Indies, by Jaroslawa Dankowa (1925-1999) –.

ONTV 08 Jonas Staal

When it became known recently that 16 Jewish families were deported from Maastrichtsestraat (Maastricht street) in The Hague, during the German occupation, artist Jonas Staal came with an alternative name as a monument for the street: Deportatie van zestien Joodse families straat (Deportation of Sixteen Jewish Families Street). This new name is not officially in use, but some people living there do use the new name.

ONTV 09 Fernando Sánchez Castillo
ONTV 10 Fernando Sánchez Castillo

ONTV 12 Fernando Sánchez Castillo

Most interesting is however Fernando Sánchez Castillo’s installation called Made in China, which represents the so called Tank Man, after the Chinese student who defied the Chinese army all on his own in 1989.

ONTV 14 Fernando Sánchez Castillo
ONTV 13 Fernando Sánchez Castillo

ONTV 11 Fernando Sánchez Castillo

The marble statue as well as the plastic models (of which you can obtain one if you add your comments on democracy and human rights) are all made in China, and the Tank Man Prize, to be awarded annually, is also part of the concept. Personally i cherish my little stubborn Tank Man!

ONTV 15 Fernando Sánchez Castillo
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Bertus Pieters