The uncanny ambiguity of hope – Julian Hetzel’s There Will Be Light 

Joris van den Einden

A door opens, an interviewee enters. Studio Hetzel is giving away €15.000 to one person, and a deconstructed beach at WEST Den Haag hosts the selection procedure. From May 12th through 19th also to be seen at SPRING Utrecht.

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Disrupting the fairytale of technological progress – Marit Westerhuis' fight against the sponsors of the Groninger Museum

Maia Paduraru

The opening of Marit Westerhuis’ post-apocalyptic installation MEGALITH at the Groninger Museum included an unannounced protest action by Fossil Free Culture NL adressing the fossil fueled sponsorships of the museum. Maia Padura talks to the artist and museum director Andreas Blühm about the protest and the exhibition. Will it bring a change of museum policy?

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Bioplastic folklore for a not-so-distant future – Janek Simon at 1646

Agnieszka Wodzińska

Before you are able pinpoint why a shape in Janek Simon’s Meta Folklore feels familiar to you – maybe it resembles a statue you once saw in a museum or a toy you used to own – it shapeshifts into something else, denying you the comfort and nostalgia that comes with recognisability.

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Senses / Sedimentations – a conversation with Elizabeth A. Povinelli

Vivian Ziherl

Vivian Ziherl talks to Elizabeth Povinelli, academic and member of the Karrabing Film Collective, about her recent books The Inheritance and Between Gaia and Ground and her research on the ancestral, political identity and the entanglements of existence.

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Hamja Ahsan - Calling the Azaan in the art world

Hamja Ahsan

In the run-up to this year's Documenta Fifteen, Hamja Ahsan reflects on his stay in the Netherlands and his residency at the Jan Van Eyck Academie (2020-21). For the yearly Open Studios, Ahsan transformed his studio to a public prayer room. At Documenta he will also open a public space, one in which the prayer mats are replaced by a deep fryer. 

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Metropolis M Magazine for contemporary art No 2 — 2022