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"Delay: Maja Bajevic, Pavel Braila, Freek Drent & Stella van Voorst van Beest, Roderick Hietbrink, Juul Hondius, Carla Klein, Predrag Pajdic, Anri Sala"
2004-09-04 until 2004-11-07
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
Rotterdam, , NL Netherlands

The exhibition DELAY throws light on the dynamics between the West and the countries of the former Eastern Bloc. From August 28 until November 7 DELAY presents audiovisual installations, sculptures, paintings and photographic works by nine artists. Their work reflects contemporary social shifts: sometimes it is documentary in nature, sometimes a poetic transformation of reality, usually a combination of both.

In 2004 the European Union was expanded with ten countries. DELAY connects with this widening of the frontiers. Several artists are active in a borderland. The Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen gathers together work by Maja Bajevic (1967, former Yugoslavia), Pavel Braila (1971, Moldavia), the artists’ duo Freek Drent (1959, the Netherlands) and Stella van Voorst van Beest (1963, the Netherlands), Roderick Hietbrink (1975, the Netherlands), Juul Hondius (1970, the Netherlands), Carla Klein (1970, the Netherlands), Predrag Pajdic (1965, former Yugoslavia) and Anri Sala (1974, Albania).

Twilight Zone

These artists unlock a mysterious force field on the border of the old and the new Europe. Urbanization and increasing traffic suggest a purposeful movement here: beyond the past, towards the future. But DELAY also shows the friction between conflicting processes.

The public is transported to a slanting environment. They travel through recent history by way of airports, subway corridors and a railway station. Communist housing estates rise up against the most modern architecture in a glowing but also disorienting twilight zone. With the shifting of geographical and ideological borders, the personal, physical environment has also become subject to vibrations.

Publication

Alongside the exhibition DELAY a publication will appear in collaboration with NAi Publishers. In addition to an introduction by curator Wilma Sütö, it will include contributions by Lex ter Braak (director Fund for the Visual Arts, Design and Architecture), on architecture and urban development as an ideological vehicle, and by Michaël Zeeman (writer and correspondent for De Volkskrant in Rome), about his investigations along the edge of Europe.


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