Remko Van der Auwera

LUCA Award winner 2017

Remko Van der Auwera is visual Artist currently working and living in Berlin. he is co-founder of SOILcollective; a group of four curating artists who are confronting their individual practices through an intense artistic dialogue. By doing so, they elaborate the idea of artistic and curatorial authorship and outstrip traditional codes of group exhibitions.

 

Graduation project at LUCA

Between two steep walls of basalt conveys a disorienting environment, infused with historical and futuristic references which lead us to reflect upon the construction of myths and worldviews. Two milled-through panels depict images from Theodoor Debry's Grand Voyages, a 16th century reference work for imagining the new world. Debry had never actually visited the «new world», though his exotic fantasy contributed to the dominant discourse of the indigenous as primitive. They form part of a larger architectural structure, made up of metal studs which are usually applied to build fake or temporary walls or spaces. In addition, Pelvic is a remnant of a long-lost history, referring back to an age when whales had legs and strolled the surface of the planet. In this set-up, the sculpture functions as a disquieting symbol of time passing. A third component is the 3D animated video which depicts an endless search through a dark and desolate rendered landscape. Remko Van der Auwera mells these elements with a voiceover that describes the exploration of an undefined space. Akin to the physical installation, the story is told sporadically and in fragments, breaking up linear structure and omitting beginning and end to arrive at an endless narration.

text by Isabel Van Bos & Evelyn Simons

  • 2017 LUCA Award winner
  • 2017 Selected for the LUCA Showcase 2017 in Ghent

 

Remko Van der Auwera
Remko Van der Auwera
Remko Van der Auwera
Remko Van der Auwera
Remko Van der Auwera

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