Positions #5 - Telling Untold Stories
t/m Zondag 08 Maart 2020
Curators: Nick Aikens, Evelien Scheltinga (assistent curator). A fresh perspective on the art scene in the Netherlands. For the fifth edition of the exhibition series Positions, the Van Abbemuseum includes new and recent work by five artists living and working in the Netherlands. These solo presentations, shown in dialogue with one another, constitute some of the most compelling artistic practices being made in the country today. With Mounira al Solh, Mercedes Azpilicueta, Anna Dasović, Em’kal Eyongakpa (Cameroon, 1981) and Quinsy Gario. Having presented their work abroad, they are now making their museum solo debuts in the Netherlands. The artists in Positions #5 work with different forms of storytelling, witnessing and giving testimony. They do this in relation to forgotten, marginalised or silenced histories. These stories span nineteenth-century novels in Argentina, voices from the rivers of Cameroon or the 1969 uprisings in Curaçao. They range from deeply personal accounts to classified state documents. The stories the artist's work with are mediated through diverse and imaginative formats. Tapestries, embroidery, hand-crafted dolls and sound compositions can all be seen, heard and felt throughout the series of exhibitions. Taken together Positions #5: Telling Untold Stories invites visitors to experience and encounter stories in myriad ways.