Bik Van der Pol
WERE IT AS IF (last day!) with an exhibition reading by Maziar Afrassiabi today at 3pm
What is hidden, forgotten, cast away, or overlooked in the day-to-day operations of a cultural institution? How does one make tangible the container of knowledge that envelops the factual succession of exhibitions and publications? Can artists become active and responsible co-creators of institutions, their politics, and representations?
Artists Bik Van der Pol are invited by Witte de With to highlight what might otherwise become lost in both the history of the institution as well as art’s history in the city of Rotterdam. Paying close attention to the socio-economic and political context in which the institution was created, Bik Van der Pol’s process carried out in close dialogue with artists and staff members examines and actively exposes that which lies concealed in the folds of history. Equating seemingly-in-the-fringes material—leftovers, support structures, plans, notes, stories, and witness reports—to the level of artworks, and so exploring the viability of approaching “archival document” as “art,” and “art” as “source material,” the artists revive histories preserved in the documentation of exhibitions, while reenergizing the work of many artists.
One more weekend to come and see our Summer Exhibitions and see ‘WERE IT AS IF’ by Bik Van der Pol, ‘What representations?’ by @marwaarsanios and ‘I want to possess in this world that which brings joy to the eyes…’ with Ahmed Bouanani.
Photo: Souffles, Nord-African magazine, 1966-1972, part of the exhibition on Ahmed Bouanani at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art 2016, photography: @AadHoogendoorn