Positions #6: Bodywork

Laure Prouvost, Dit learn, 2017, still. Collection Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven.
Praneet Soi, Anamorphosis Notes from Palestine, 2019, commissioned by The Mosaic Rooms and A.M. Qattan Foundation. Photo Andy Stagg, courtesy The Mosaic Rooms.
Zach Blass, The Doors, 2019, installation view, Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst, Oldenburg, Germany. Courtesy of the Artist and Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst.
Navine G. Khan-Dossos, Jamal Khashoggi Dissapears, a Mystery Rattling the Middle East, 2018.
Ajla R. Steinvag, Investigation of the Solid State, 2017, series of sculptures for Homeostatic Tension installation. Foto Ajla R. Steinvag.
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Positions #6: Bodywork

28/11/2020 - 25/04/2021
11:00 - 17:00
Curators: Nick Aikens, Charles Esche, Diana Franssen, Yolande Zola Zoli van der Heide, Evelien Scheltinga (producer)

Five artists shed their light on the malleability of the body. The effect are humorous, hallucinatory, clinical and revealing.

HUMAN BODY

Bodywork consists of five interconnected solo shows by internationally acclaimed artists. On display are works by Laure Prouvost, a crowd favourite during the last Venice biennale, Praneet Soi, Zach Blas, Navine G. Khan-Dossos and Ajla R. Steinvåg, who is making her museum solo debut. With a range of geographical backgrounds and forms of expression, the artists in Bodywork each find a unique way to relate to the human body.

RESULT OF CULTURE

Rather than looking at the body as a natural given, the artists survey the culture in which our bodies operate. They explore the social engineering of the body, (mis)communication, vulnerability, and the effects of technological developments on both the individual and society as a whole. The very diverse artistic visions in Bodywork are manifold, they heighten your senses and challenge you to expand your understanding of the human body.

THE POSITIONS SERIES

Positions is an exhibition format in which (generally) five solo-projects enter into dialogue with one another throughout the ten rooms of the old building of the Van Abbemuseum. Each artist has the opportunity to use two rooms. Many of the works are made specifically for the exhibition, others are developed in collaboration with art institutions across the globe.

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ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Laure Prouvost (1978, France) presents a new work in which she uses objects, images and sounds, and spoken and written words to engage in a game of learning with your senses.

In the installations Centurion and Anamorphosis: Notes from Palestine, Praneet Soi (1971, India) brings together his research into the different types of labour, architecture and immaterial heritage found in Eindhoven and Palestine.

With his installation The DoorsZach Blas (1981, United States), draws the visitor into the world of psychedelics and smartdrugs, which are used in Silicon Valley to realise top experiences and top performances. 

Navine G. Khan-Dossos (1982, Great Britain) made 100 paintings measuring 1 x 1 meter in response to the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 and the corresponding media reports.

With the visually confronting installation Interbody, Ajla R. Steinvåg (1975, Norway) draws attention to the notion of the human body as material and the ethical issues that are associated with that.

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