A selection of 7 digital artworks by artists living far away from their hometown. A set of digital works that illustrate so beautifully that no matter how far we are from home, we will always be drawn, sometimes worried and moved by our roots. A nostalgic and soothing journey through the eyes of the artist far away from home.
Silver Holiday is a short documentary (12 min) that was filmed and directed by Deepti Rao, one of our curators, in 2016. Chen Guo and his wife, married for over 60 years, have been living in Bama for a couple of years now and they feel great! After Chen’s wife developed problems with her heart, he started looking for a place where they could live a healthy elderly life. In his quest he came across this 'utopian’ town in the hills, Bama, where life is good and even farts smell pleasant.
In ‘Washington Black’, a slave named George Washington Black narrates his own story. The novel starts in 1830 on a Barbados sugar plantation called Faith. The story begins when a new master takes charge and the fear is palpable. The accounts of murders, punishments and random cruelties are horrifying and ruthless. The reader can almost see what is coming, but that’s where Esi Edugyan transforms the novel into an extraordinary adventure.
In recent weeks, Dutch stereotypical meme’s Instagram-accounts have sprung up like mushrooms in a field. The concept is simple, an anonymous creator sets up an Instagram-account, uses the same image every time and writes a stereotypical text that reflects the character of the page. It all started with the page ‘Garnalo’ or ‘Shrimp’ who is a typical upcoming Dutch hip-hop artist. The account has already reached 24k followers as a result of which dozens of other accounts have sprung up that post in the same visual, vivid and satirical manner.
The thought of losing our loved ones haunts and terrifies many of us. What will happen to our body after we die? How will we be able to live without each other? How will we be remembered? Through a selection of works from two contemporary artists, I dove into the subject of impermanence. Both artists approach the subject of coping with loss in intriguing and authentic ways.
In a fun, Instagram series Francois Vogel quite humorously turns his unaware cat into his muse. Vogel takes his beloved cat to extreme limits. He stretches his cat through the dining room, transforms him into a walking jellyfish cat, and tosses him into an expanding sea of fish.
When the animated character ‘Dave’ starts to sing, I feel a strong human connection. It’s as if I can smell the cigarettes he smokes, feel his pain and taste the alcohol he drinks. The illogical order of events together with an atmospheric combination of sound, imagery, pacing and tone, makes RIBBONS absolutely genius.