Het HEM is a home for contemporary culture, situated in a former munitions factory on the Hembrug site in Zaandam.
A thousand years ago 10 seconds of breath were 40 grams of dust #1 and #2, 2017
I will lull and rock my ailing light in my marble arms #1 and #2, 2017
In her work Ivana Basic (1986, Serbia) addresses the vulnerability and transformation of the body and human matter. By using different materials in the work (such as wax, glass, steel, alabaster, oil paint) and combining these with technique and immaterial matters (such as breath, pressure and rigidity), the sculptures acquire a posthuman quality. The colours she chooses refer strongly to the human body. Pink, white and natural combinations are reminiscent of blood, bone and flesh.
The sculptures of the two installations at Het HEM embrace a bio mechanical science fiction-like form language. They are posthuman alien like figures who could have emerged from H.R. Giger's fantasy. In the large raw halls of Het HEM, they seem to be waiting like embryos to be born, or rather to slowly dissolve into dust.