Construction Time Again: Juan Araujo, Tobias Buche, Jeroen de Rijke/Willem de Rooij, Yaron Leshem, Michaela Meise, Barbara Visser
23 March – 4 May 2007
Juan Araujo, Tobias Buche, Jeroen de Rijke/Willem de Rooij, Yaron Leshem, Michaela Meise, Barbara Visser
Construction Time Again presents works that reflect on issues of presentation and the production of images in a visually saturated culture. The exhibition seeks to question the ideological implications of the image as a layering of historical, cultural and social systems and examines the way in which, as spectators, we approach, filter and interpret information. There is no such thing as an image without fictions. As Jacques Rancière states: “the real must be fictionalized in order to be thought”. In Barbara Visser’s Two Projections (2005), a static image of the artist’s studio acts as a framing device for a slide projection showing images of modernist furniture. The focus oscillates between apparently insignificant details and overly meaningful imagery as an uncertain relationship is established between the narrative of early Modernism and the personal memories of Visser’s grandmother, Miep van de Sleen-de Vries, who used to collect and design furniture for her own house.
De Rijke/De Rooij’s slide projection Orange (2004) acknowledges a critical distance between the space of representation and that of reference. The reduction of the image to abstract shades of a single colour – significantly excluded from the spectrum of colour films because of the pink cast it produces on skin tones – is here associated with very specific political and social connotations, such as the colour of uniforms worn by prisoners at Guantanamo Bay or neo-conservative sympathizers for the House of Orange in Holland.Read more