Fluid Desires; Nest, The Hague

Shanta Rao

Are our desires fluid?

Mimosa Echard
Mimosa Echard
Inge van Genuchten
Inge van Genuchten

Or are our ideas in general fluid?

Mimosa Echard
Mimosa Echard
Mimosa Echard

Or is the character of the world more fluid than we would like or than we were once used to?

Mimosa Echard
Mimosa Echard
Mimosa Echard
Mimosa Echard

The exhibition Fluid Desires at Nest has been closed down early because of the Corona virus Covid-19.

Mimosa Echard
Mimosa Echard
Mimosa Echard

When i visited the gallery last week the government was just giving a press conference about new measures and recommendations to contain the spread of the virus.

Mimosa Echard
Mimosa Echard
Mimosa Echard
Shanta Rao

The next day Nest, the museums and many other exhibition platforms closed their doors.

Shanta Rao
Maya Rochat
Maya Rochat

In a way there is a link between the spread of the virus and its consequences, and the works shown in Fluid Desires.

Maya Rochat
Maya Rochat
Maya Rochat
Maya Rochat

As Nest says on its website: “…concepts that had been carved in stone for decades, have now started to flow. Notions like time, space, reality, nature, the object, human and the object-man relation.”

Maya Rochat
Maya Rochat
Maya Rochat

That quotation seems to suit the present more than ever.

Maya Rochat
Maya Rochat
Maya Rochat
Maya Rochat

Nest is always trying to give reflections on the present in its shows, but it couldn’t have imagined when planning this particular exhibition – and neither could curator Nanda Janssen – that the present would be as fluid as it is now at this very moment.

Maya Rochat
Maya Rochat
Maya Rochat

There is nothing predictive in the show – artists can’t predict the future any better than you or me – , it is just that the world itself has taken these works into the very fluid present and has given them a new value.

Shanta Rao
Hicham Berrada
Hicham Berrada
Hicham Berrada

On one hand it is regrettable that the show was closed down early, but on the other hand that seems to have become an action that is part of the show.

Hicham Berrada
Hicham Berrada
Hicham Berrada

In the mean time the show is very interesting and it is staged aesthetically as usual.

Hicham Berrada
Jérôme Robbe
Jérôme Robbe
Jérôme Robbe

That “as usual” has however been taken over by a radical and extremely fluid move of nature itself.

Leonid Tsvetkov
Leonid Tsvetkov
Leonid Tsvetkov

The aesthetics of beauty is no match for the radical aesthetics of life and death.

Leonid Tsvetkov
Jérôme Robbe
Jérôme Robbe
Jérôme Robbe

In the mean time some pictures of the show may give you some reason for reflection.

Jérôme Robbe
Marie Maillard
Marie Maillard

Reflection is our best tool for the present and for the future, especially during this kind of imposed Ramadan period.

Marie Maillard
Shanta Rao
Shanta Rao
Shanta Rao

So i decided to present some extra pictures of this, by now, invisible show.

Shanta Rao
Shanta Rao
Shanta Rao

If you are puzzled about the pictures i refer you to Nest’s website which gives you some extra information about the different artists.

Shanta Rao

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to all artists and Nest, Den Haag.

Bertus Pieters

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