How many histories can an object carry? – on ‘Material Memory’ at TENT, Rotterdam

Jue Yang

In the group exhibition Material Memory at TENT Rotterdam, five artists convey memories in forms of objects, motifs and fiction. Unexploded bombshells, salvaged copper or water; the materials in these works, more than carriers of stories, turn out to be the stories themselves.

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Ukraine: The Path to Freedom at Noorderlicht

Maia Paduraru

In the Akerk, in Groningen’s city centre, the work of 27 Ukrainian photographers is placed on exhibit. Responding to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Noorderlicht and the foundation for the Groningen churches decided to showcase artists from the last fifty years, all working within Ukraine. Maia Paduraru gives an extensive and critical report of her visit of the exhibition. 

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Just float here a while and consider all the possibilities – Beatriz Santiago Muñoz at Kunstinstituut Melly

Ada M. Patterson

​Running somewhere between and beyond dream-weaving and an archiving of discreet or disinterested details, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz’s filmmaking is like a smiling, spiralling ellipsis. Ada M. Patterson visits the artist’s solo exhibition The Navel of the Dream, which has the palpable feeling of a recurring dream.

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Sound of mourning – on the complex acts of listening 

Minsun Kim

The second foreign edition of Sound Effects Seoul (SFX) titled Simple Acts of Listening, presents works that all propose ways in which listening itself can be a socio-political practice. Minsun Kim visits West just a few days after Seoul was hit by the so-called Halloween-disaster and talks to some of the participating artists about the sound of mourning.

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The hidden hands of collectors haunt the show – on 'The Land of Few and Far Between' at Billytown

Cara Farnan

​“Collecting, Gathering, Keeping”: these are the three words used to introduce the groupexhibition currently on view at Billytown. On her visit, Cara Farnan is struck by the array of bodies gathered here: moths, books, twigs, corners and people try to tell their intimate stories. It’s only when talking to curator Kim David Bots that these stories, and the thrill of collecting they exhibit, truly become within reach.

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Metropolis M Magazine for contemporary art No 6 — 2022