SOLO 13 – Klaar van der Lippe & Bart Stuart
i.s.m. M HKA
September 10 – October 8, 2017
Opening september 10, 3 PM
Club Solo will be hosting its very first solo exhibition showing work by a duo of artists. Klaar van der Lippe (Leiden, the Netherlands, 1961) and Bart Stuart (Tholen, the Netherlands, 1972) have been working together since 2005. Their base of operations is situated in the NDSM wharf in Amsterdam.
Van der Lippe and Stuart are conceptual, socially-engaged artists, whose ideas are informed by the political and social realities of the environments they work in. The things going on in the places where they work are what sets their agenda.
Their work is often not material in nature: instead, it is concerned with positioning and ideas. Their position is located at the crossroads where artistic identity, active citizenship and activism come together.
They make ideas, take action, have conversations and ask questions. They meet and invite people and use their art to give back to viewers and participants. This shows the joy they take in their work, as well as their engagement and their desire to make the world a slightly more beautiful place – if only because their approach stimulates a lust for life.
Van der Lippe and Stuart use their artistry to create movements in communities, like a wave giving rise to new waves. In this process, they create insight into underlying structures and mechanisms. Their work is an endless exercise of interrelations, in which they become connected to the world, both as persons and as artists.
The choice of M HKA
When Faith Moves Mountains (2002) is M HKA’s response to the work of Van der Lippe and Stuart; a video piece by Francis Alÿs from its collection. Alÿs created it during the final months of Fujimori’s regime in Lima, Peru, in response to societal unrest and tensions, and the people’s resistance to its dictator. The basic principle of this work is ‘maximum effort, minimum result’, with five hundred volunteers trying to move a sand dune with shovels. The outcome of the experiment is a minimal change, brought about by the greatest possible joint effort.
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