Het HEM is a home for contemporary culture, situated in a former munitions factory on the Hembrug site in Zaandam.
Artist Desiree Dolron (1963, the Netherlands) gained international fame with remarkable travel photographs and staged photography with a striking picturesque aura that seems to go back to the pictorialism of the previous century. Her work explores the passage of time, the relationship between transience and the transcendental as the basis of the human condition.
At Het HEM, Dolron shows the recent video work Uncertain (TX) in which she seems to employ a similar dreamy atmosphere and colour composition. The viewer's eye slowly moves over a swamp of secular cypresses dressed in Spanish moss. At the surface of the water a weed floats, spread by humans it multiplies at a rapid rate and slowly causes the local ecosystem to decease due to a lack of oxygen. The sequence of images and the suffocating sound of the film accentuate the gradual decline of the forest. With her fluid camera work, Uncertain (TX) depicts on the one hand a romantic desire to merge into the wilderness, and at the same time the fatal outcome of human interference in a natural equilibrium.