Art in corona times 43. A Fair Share of Utopia; Nest, The Hague

Müge Yilmaz

For the second time this year i report about an exhibition at Nest which is unfortunately temporarily closed because of a corona lockdown.

Müge Yilmaz
Müge Yilmaz

However after the two weeks lockdown (if not extended) it will be open to the public again.

Müge Yilmaz

The show is shared with CBK Zuidoost in Amsterdam.

Müge Yilmaz

I haven’t seen the exhibition at CBK Zuidoost and i don’t intend to.

Müge Yilmaz

As for the one at Nest i must say it’s a bit austere, as if something is missing.

Müge Yilmaz

As for the contents of the show: if you would be reincarnated, or rather reborn, somewhere in the near future, how would you think the world would look like?

Brook Andrew

And do you suppose that you will recognise in a positive way and with some pride the things you are fighting for in this life?

Brook Andrew

You may say you are not the fighting type.

Brook Andrew

That’s all right, don’t worry, but then you should realise that all your thoughts and actions now have consequences for the future, whether you intend it or not.

Brook Andrew

Will that future be paradise or hell, or will it be something in between?

Brook Andrew

Will you be reborn as yourself or as somebody else in another continent?

Brook Andrew
Raul Balai

Statistically there is a big chance you will be reborn poor and that you have to grab what you can from day one onwards not just to earn a living, but just to be alive, to live.

Raul Balai

Even if you are reborn as your own trusted self in the place where you are now, how will it look like?

Raul Balai

Recently people in this country applauded health workers for their epic role during the first wave of the present pandemic, but a structural and substantial recognition of their importance failed to materialise.

Simphiwe Ndzube

In fact many workers in our world are indispensable for our daily consumer requirements: the miners who dig for basic materials, the farm workers who pick our fruits, the truck drivers who bring products from one end of the continent to another, the deliverers who bring us the products to our front doors, like pizza couriers.

Simphiwe Ndzube

Maybe artist Raul Balai would love to liberate them from present-day slavery and serfdom.

Simphiwe Ndzube

In his work he succeeded to an extent: pizza couriers are honoured with shrines and candles in a chapel of cardboard boxes.

Simphiwe Ndzube

But does honouring somebody in that way really improve his/her life?

Simphiwe Ndzube

The show may give you some stuff for thought.

Simphiwe Ndzube

However, not all works are as eloquent as one might hope for.

Simphiwe Ndzube
Simphiwe Ndzube

Where for instance Müge Yilmaz’s work doesn’t really match its good intentions – in spite of its nice details –, the enormous blown up spirit by Brook Andrew and the lucid installation by Simphiwe Ndzube both have the power to immerse you in their worlds in only one blink of an eye.

Simphiwe Ndzube

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

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