West Den Haag

  • Casting Call: The Collector of Proverbs, The Animal, The Fool, The Selfie-Junkie, The Innocent, The Child, The Drunk, The…

    Eleni Kamma

    ‘Casting Call’ is exhibition that investigates the notion of parrhesia, the courage to speak one’s mind, from a comedic and excessive perspective. Eleni Kamma employs performative strategies to playfully ask serious questions about living well together and the role of public space in Europe.

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    – Lovers on the beach: Lee Kit

    When working site-specific Lee doesn’t necessarily connect to the cultural context of the exhibition. In his work he often focuses on more universal elements. The work seems to breathe the atmosphere of the space it is surrounded by. Therefore these works are never the same when shown somewhere else. In a similar way the work absorbs the gaze of the viewer. When he discovered his own shadow in one of the projections during the building up of a show, he concluded that the closer you get to the work the more we see of ourselves. Lee’s work asks for the unhurried reader. As Johannes Vermeer did in his paintings, Lee dwells on subtle daily domestic moments for which there is no time or space in an efficient, capitalist society. His work resists the compulsion to accelerate, thus serving not as an expression of pure emotion, but rather as an attitude, one with even political significance.

    Lee’s practise is greatly influenced by coincidence, allowing this external factor to determine steps along the process of building his exhibitions. This is a fundamental thought in Lee’s practise, to stay open towards coincidence and in this way to train our sensibilities. His work seems open, loose, even casual, but there can be found an incredible relationship between every choice and every color. At West, he will slowly and subtly shift our focus from the atmosphere in the many rooms, to his personal reflections, and finally back to ourselves.

    Facing the Crowd: Dan Graham, Paul McCarthy, Andrea Fraser, Joseph Beuys, Karen Finley, Agnieszka Polska, Jordan Wolfson, Ed Atkins, Hannah Lippard and Jesper List Thomsen.

    The exhibition Facing the Crowd presents documentations of performances, as well as performative video works, in the form of lecture, speech, or sermon. Including works from the early 70s until present-day, Facing the Crowd will articulate the different ways in which language, human behavior, the artist’s body and voice, and modes of interpretation, become an integral part of the work of art being executed within given social structures undergoing simultaneous reaffirmation and disruption.

    The exhibition is informed by Bertolt Brecht’s theoretical concept of the ‘fourth wall’ for which the audience is no longer transparent but is being directly approached, and at the same time points to the foundations, and the consequences, of today’s YouTube video aesthetic. The presentation also relies on the important role played by spoken poetry and live storytelling in the global contemporary art scene.

    Curated by Ory Dessau.

    Alphabetum IX: L’écriture avant la lettre: David Antin, Walter Benjamin, Joseph Beuys, Hildegard van Bingen, John Cage, Uta Eisenreich, Octavian Esanu, Res Feber, Ryan Gander, Kenneth Goldsmith, Gary Hill, Victorie Hanna, Nicoline van Harskamp, Toine Horvers, Tehching Hsieh, Hedwig Houben, Emily Kocken, James Langdon, Günter Gerhard Lange, Jude Lombardi, Stephane Mallarmé, Shigeru Matsui, Tine Melzer, Yoko Ono, Annetta Pedretti, The Rodina, Hannah Weiner, Edgar Walthert, Brigitte Willberg and Unica Zürn.



About West Den Haag

West shows contemporary art in the former American embassy (designed by Marcel Breuer) in the heart of The Hague museum district. West, as an art institute, focuses on the most relevant international developments in the field of the visual arts. West offers artists space and opportunities to develop new work in a social context by situating it in a wider dialogue. Lectures, presentations, performances and discussions underpin the exhibition policy with a theoretical basis. A series of brochures, documentaries and the website complete the activities that bring the different aspects of West together.

Lange Voorhout 102
2514 EJ Den Haag