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
The installation shows a magnified image. Here we see boys, with sweaty foreheads, dancing with girls whose faces are not visible. The photo alludes to difficult times. The meaning of this work revolves around the presence of "reflected light". The raw flashlight, which made the photo possible more than 60 years ago, and the projector lamp that makes this photo look like today, show a remarkable resemblance. Using contemporary techniques, Claerbout adds minimal movement to the originally still image. The slow 3D movement seems to meet our desire to reveal the ladies' faces at first, but in the end only subtly shifts the men's gaze.
Artist David Claerbout (1969, Belgium) questions the way we perceive our environment and how we deal with the passing of time. Existing photographic or videographic material, such as old black and white photographs, is often the starting point for his work. This is no different with Dancing Couples.