Art in corona times 67. Nour-Eddine Jarram, The Wait; Galerie Maurits van de Laar, The Hague

Dreams are usually deceptive and aspirations may be dashed by changing perspectives.

As such we are all in the same shaky boat, wherever your roots lie.

Another thing is that we are all shaped by our experiences, which give us a wide pallet of remembrances, feelings, emotions and ideas.

However, one can’t simply expect that everybody is able or willing to share this wide range of experiences.

It is almost impossible to give answers to questions like: how did it smell in your school, how did the sun burn on your skin in summer or, more horrible, what was it you felt would be lost when you nearly drowned in the sea?

Still, all these unknown experiences shape the most inner self and the way they are shaped are dependent on even earlier experiences and the culture with which one has learned to cope with them and give meaning to them.

All that makes a person and stays within him or her.

It seems Nour-Eddine Jarram (1956) in his present show at Galerie Maurits van de Laar tries to show different aspects of this process of shaping the self.

It is an exhibition full of drama.

Especially where Jarram reflects on migration to Europe, where he doesn’t really pay attention to the human suffering, but rather to how people survive by who and what they are.

It is however not all about these stories of misfortune, he also shows a variety of people who try to pretend and others who can’t pretend, and still others who are forced to pretend.

In the mean time ideas and spirituality roam in between, as if to show that the pictures are visions of spirituality rather than everyday reality, albeit in the tiny far-off shape of a shark’s dorsal fin.  

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to Nour-Eddine Jarram and Galerie Maurits van de Laar, Den Haag

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