Inside the Depths of the Unknown – A New Line of Interpretation
Andrew aims to interrogate the main archives of the Van Abbemuseum, re-creating and sorting them into new constellations with his own archive that extends from colonial times to the present. These constellations will be presented as part of an exhibition in the Project Room on the second floor of the Collection Building, from September – December 2017.
The commonality between pieces of information in an archive, one to another is often driven by a Eurocentric historiography that is automatically taught and received as an incontestable ‘truth’. The question here is how do different or unknown events enable the opening up of the ‘other’ story, one that may even need to be ‘made up’ as fiction or stretched truth? Inside the Depths of the Unknown will aim to reconfigure histories, known and forgotten.
Brook Andrew is an interdisciplinary artist who examines dominant narratives, often relating to colonialism and modernist histories. Through museum and archival interventions he aims to offer alternate versions of forgotten histories; illustrating different means for interpreting history in the world today. Apart from drawing inspiration from vernacular objects and the archive he travels internationally to work with communities and various private and public collections to tease out new interpretations. Forthcoming projects in 2017 include a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, with the Smithsonian Institute, USA; and the interrogation of the Van Abbemuseum archives in Holland, which will re-imagine a different world timeline alongside his own archive curated by Nick Aikens. Most recently he created an intervention into the collection of the Musée d'ethnographie de Genève, Switzerland; and earlier this year The Right to Offend is Sacred was presented at the National Gallery of Victoria, a 25-year reflection on his practice. Brook Andrew is represented by Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne; Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney; and Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris and Brussels.