Het HEM is reopening Chapter 3HREE Maarten Spruyt from June 27th on. The exhibition can be visited on the last weekend of June, all weekends in July and the first weekend in August on Saturday and Sunday from 1pm until 8pm.
Thanks to the generous donations made to our ‘Shoot Us With Love!’ crowd funding campaign we can re-open our doors to Chapter 3HREE Maarten Spruyt to the public. Most of the exhibited artists have been so charitable to leave their works for a period longer. Unfortunatelly th works from Ivana Basic and Cyprien Guillard are no longer exhibited here. It is necessary to make a time slot reservation for Chapter 3HREE via our ticket page.
If we succeed in finding sufficient structural support, we will resume our own programme in 2021 and return in March with Chapter 4OUR and 5IVE, in collaboration with Simon(e) van Saarloos and Rem Koolhaas / Samir Bantal respectively.
Het HEM is a home for contemporary culture, situated in a former munitions factory on the Hembrug site in Zaandam.
What is important now is to recover our sensesSusan Sontag
Cyprien Gaillard (1980, France) is known for creating work that connects history and nature, as well as humanity's connection to both. In particular, he explores the beauty of failure and the natural degradation that can be recognised in recurring motifs of ruins.
At Het HEM, we are showing his immersive video work Nightlife. The film consists of four scenes that, like an assemblage, connect separate stories. They were shot in Cleveland, Los Angeles and Berlin. It starts with an image of Rodin's sculpture The Thinker, which stands in front of the Cleveland Museum of Art. This is followed by recordings of an ecstatic dance of juniper trees swaying against rigid fences as if in a state of trance. The third tableau shows a triumphant firework display, the Pyronale, above the Olympic stadium in Berlin. In the same Olympic Stadium, African-American athlete Jesse Owens put an end to the fascist myth of Aryan hegemony by winning four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics. For each medal won, the athlete received an oak tree from the Nazi organizers of which one is still growing in front of his high school in Cleveland. The hypnotic images are accompanied by a soundtrack to a rocksteady classic by Alton Ellis, in which the lyrics "I was born a loser" gradually turn into "I was born a winner". Music and film, past and present, analogue and digital, come together in this compelling video artwork.