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
Untitled (transformer), 2015
Untitled (2018014), 2018
Maartje Korstanje (1982, the Netherlands) makes sculptures that are based on the beauty of nature and the influence of humans on it. They are not literal or figurative works, but rather organic figures. With their capricious protrusions and branches, Korstanje’s large sculptures often take up an entire space, attracting the viewer, and putting their imagination to work. You can discover carcasses, tree stumps or sea creatures coming from a forest or ocean; deceptively familiar and yet not exactly definable. They move in the twilight zone where beauty is given a gruesome edge and doubts are raised: has it just died or is it coming to life?