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Fluid Desires

Nest, The Hague, The Netherlands

January 24 – March 22, 2020 (due to Corona until March 12th)

 

Artists: Hicham Berrada, Mimosa Echard, Inge van Genuchten, Marie Maillard, Shanta Rao, Jérôme Robbe, Maya Rochat, Leonid Tsvetkov

 

Visitors’ guide

Fluid Desires press overview

 

Sponsored by: Mondriaan Fund, municipality of The Hague, Pro Helvetia, Institut Français, Swiss Embassy in the Netherlands

 

Photography: Charlott Markus, Nanda Janssen

Nothing is fixed, everything is in motion in this fluid world.

 

Today’s world can be experienced as very fluid. Through scientific discoveries and technological developments, concepts that had been carved in stone for decades, have started to flow. Notions like time, space, reality, nature, the object, human and the object-man relation. Sociologist and philosopher Zygmunt Bauman has extensively analyzed the consequences for us, the 'liquid moderns', of living in this liquid society in which anchored ideas and ways of life have come under pressure. In the meantime, notions of fluidity are spreading like an oil spill and appear in many disciplines.

 

This hybrid, unstable world serves as a point of departure for the artists in ‘Fluid Desires’. Their post-apocalyptic cocktails and works of art with a liquid allure zoom in on blurring boundaries between organic and inorganic, natural and synthetic, living and non-living. Their understanding of the world is through matter. The artworks do not use symbols or metaphors, nor do they depict anything; on the contrary, they just are.

 

The artworks, an explosion of color, texture, and slipperiness, are related in aesthetics. Throughout the exhibition, the concept of contagion is recurrent. Contamination as a marker for meanings that mix, images that merge and ideas that influence each other. Because it fantasises about the future, sometimes ‘Fluid Desires’ has science-fiction-like traits.

Mimosa Echard, dripping line: Inge van Genuchten

Mimosa Echard, dripping line: Inge van Genuchten

Mimosa Echard

Mimosa Echard

dripping line: Inge van Genuchten, back: Mimosa Echard

dripping line: Inge van Genuchten, back: Mimosa Echard

front: Marie Maillard, back: Jérôme Robbe

front: Marie Maillard, back: Jérôme Robbe

front: Leonid Tsvetkov, back: Jérôme Robbe

front: Leonid Tsvetkov, back: Jérôme Robbe

Leonid Tsvetkov

Leonid Tsvetkov

Shanta Rao

Shanta Rao

Hicham Berrada

Hicham Berrada

Hicham Berrada

Hicham Berrada

Maya Rochat

Maya Rochat

Maya Rochat

Maya Rochat

Hicham Berrada, performance Présage, music Jonas Ohlsson, March 6 2020

Hicham Berrada, performance Présage, music Jonas Ohlsson, March 6 2020