Mounira Al Solh, Mina El Shourouk ila Al Fahmah, 2019. Courtesy of the artist & Sfeir-Semler Gallery Beirut, Hamburg
Mercedes Azpilicueta, Bestiario de Lengüitas (Bestiaire of Tonguelets), 2017-2020. Courtesy of the artist
Courtesy the artist Em'kal Eyongakpa
Anna Dasović, So, on behalf of my country and from the bottom of my heart, 2019, still video installation, 11:04 min
Quinsy Gario, Black Basically, 2016, installation.

Positions #5

Telling Untold Stories
30/11/2019 - 01/03/2020
A fresh perspective on the art scene in the Netherlands
Curator(s): Nick Aikens, Evelien Scheltinga

For the fifth edition of the exhibition series Positions, the Van Abbemuseum includes new and recent work by five artists living and working in the Netherlands. These solo presentations, shown in dialogue with one another, constitute some of the most compelling artistic practices being made in the country today. With Mercedes Azpilicueta, Anna Dasović, Em’kal Eyongakpa, Mounira al Solh and Quinsy Gario

Seen, heard and felt

The artists in Positions #5 work with different forms of storytelling, witnessing and giving testimony. They do this in relation to forgotten, marginalised or silenced histories. These stories span nineteenth-century novels in Argentina, voices from the rivers of Cameroon or the 1969 uprisings in Curaçao. They range from deeply personal accounts to classified state documents. The stories the artists work with are mediated through diverse and imaginative formats. Tapestries, embroidery, hand-crafted dolls and musical compositions can all be seen, heard and felt throughout the series of exhibitions. Taken together Positions #5: Telling Untold Stories invites visitors to experience and encounter stories in myriad ways.

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