Cultural development programme
Mini museum for two people
Can’t be greedy… You gotta take some, and leave someJames Brown
Making something from nothing is the basic principle of Roxette Capriles’s (CW, 1993) artistic practice. The origin can be found in her youth. In her grandmother’s house, Capriles became fascinated by the abundance of Roman-Catholic sculptures and the properties ascribed to them that were not inherent to the object itself. This principle of animism became a recurring principle in her practice, in which she preferably works with discarded items or junk from 1-euro stores. ‘By giving value to the things around us we are able to change our environment in a positive way’, says the artist.
For CHAPTER 1NE, Capriles is making a new installation entitled Treasure Junk Museum. The walls and display cases of this mini museum are full of treasures: three-dimensional assemblages made from junk. What is deemed museum-worthy, and on which basis? During her Do-Something-Sunday workshops on 7 July, 4 August and 1 September, Capriles invites visitors to treasure junk with her, and supplement the empty shelves of the Treasure Junk Museum.
Guillaume: ‘I’ve been thinking a lot about that sentence lately. If you can make something out of nothing, it means it was in fact always something. Roxette is someone with the talent to see that, and to show it to others.
Edson: ‘What I also find special is how she seeks direct contact with her audience through her work. Contact is incredibly important. Exactly for that reason, until just a years ago, Gee and I were still working in the stores ourselves so we could communicate directly with our audience.’