Some Things Hidden – Group Show
Framer Framed, Amsterdam, Netherlands19 Jan 2018 - 11 Mar 2018
Some Things Hidden is a group exhibition about hiding and the hidden, and about the politics of (in)visibility. The exhibition consists of a carefully selected combination of existing and new works by upcoming and internationally renowned artists of different generations.
This exhibition’s point of departure is artist Charlott Markus’ family history relating to her great aunt, a Jewish woman who managed to ‘hide’ during World War II in Berlin, while still partaking in public life – in a manner of speaking hiding in plain sight. At Castrum Peregrini, a former safehouse during the war, which is now a cultural institution, the exhibition was mainly centred on hiding as a way of staying alive. What does ‘hiding’ mean today? What threats do we have to hide from and what things do we hide from ourselves?
At Framer Framed, the focus is on the politics of (in)visibility. A status of (in)visibility is not neutral – so who decides what is and is not made visible in society? Which people, images, and habits are given visibility and in the process are considered ‘normal’? Who or what gets less prominence and as a consequence remains ‘hidden’? And which parts of our histories are/are not emphasized in our grander, national narratives? The exhibition also addresses the importance of personal stories and strategies to combat this structural invisibility. Who are these ‘invisibles’ and are they truly invisible if defined as such? When can (in)visibility be considered a choice or a form of resistance?
Hélène Amouzou (TG, 1969), Alexis Blake (US, 1981), Sara Blokland (NL, 1969), Zhana Ivanova (BG,1977), Lynn Hershman Leeson (US, 1941), Bertien van Manen (NL, 1942), Charlott Markus (SE, 1974), Shana Moulton (US, 1976), Femmy Otten (NL, 1981), Marijn Ottenhof (NL, 1985), Cauleen Smith (US, 1957) and Batia Suter (CH, 1967).
Curated by Nina Folkersma and artist Charlott Markus.
1031 KT Amsterdam