Pedro Reyes: Disarm; Pulchri (TodaysArt), The Hague

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The coming weekend The Hague hosts the quite pricey TodaysArt festival, but Disarm by Pedro Reyes in Pulchri Studio is free and it is well worth seeing and hearing.

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Mexican artist Reyes transforms used weapons into musical instruments which are activated electronically.

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You can’t hear the fantastic sounds they make every now and then on this blog, but at least here are some visual details.

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Content of all pictures courtesy to Pedro Reyes, Pulchri Studio and TodaysArt

 

Bertus Pieters

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Refugee Art: Perception and Reality; Pulchri Studio, The Hague

Myasar Sabounee

Myasar Sabounee

I visited Refugee Art: Perception and Reality at Pulchri to write a review about it for Villa La Repubblica. Click here to read the review and see some extra footage (in Dutch; it is combined with a review of shows at Maurits van de Laar gallery and Nest).

Neyruz Abou Jamra

Neyruz Abou Jamra

Here are some details of works that struck me for one reason or another.

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Neyruz Abou Jamra

In spite of the title only about one third of the exhibiting artists are refugees.

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Farouk Mohammed

The other two thirds show you pretty much what you may expect in a bit of a messy show.

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Farouk Mohammed

However, I very much sympathise with Pulchri’s solidarity to show art by refugees-artists.

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Talal Shkeifeh

Some of them are already living here for years, others only just arrived.

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Talal Shkeifeh

I hope the next step for the latter will be to become artists again and not refugees-artists.

Mohammed Aglah

Mohammed Aglah

After all, art should be judged on its own merits and not on the fact that it is made by a refugee, in spite of that being part of the story.

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Ferial Kheradpicheh

And that is another pitfall of this exhibition that needs more reflection, in spite of the sympathetic initiative.

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Ferial Kheradpicheh

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Contents of the pictures courtesy the artists and Pulchri Studio

 

Bertus Pieters

Ilja Walraven, DNA, Pulchri, The Hague

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I was late visiting Ilja Walraven’s show DNA in Pulchri during its last weekend (so hurry to go and see it!).

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In the great room of the gallery Walraven shows recent works, some of them quite monumental.

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Walraven’s oeuvre contains a kind of immense zoo of beasts and birds, in their abstraction varying from a kind of fossils to quasi-primitive signs, from toys to cartoons.

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They all seem to more or less escape their meanings, while at the same time ruling their own little kingdoms.

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Talking about Walraven’s oeuvre, in the smaller room are older works on show.

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They are mainly works which Walraven re-obtained from art borrowing institutions, which had to close down the last few years due to inclement art policies.

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He put the works on a heap and during the course of the show the pictures were hung on the gallery walls bit by bit.

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Different apps connected to Walraven’s works by Rob Bothof are presented as well. There’s one of them with angels flying in the room.

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Bertus Pieters