Manifesta is proud to present Terrestrial Records by Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS. Terrestrial Records is part of an ongoing series of in-house exhibitions hosted by Manifesta in its Amsterdam headquarters. Every 6 months, a different contemporary art gallery from Amsterdam is invited to curate a site-specific show that links to the key topics of Manifesta biennials or reflects the history of Manifesta HQ, a 17th-century canal house on Herengracht. The exhibitions become a starting point for public meetings, discussions, performances and receptions. Through this program we would like to show our appreciation and support towards the Amsterdam art scene. Curated by Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS, Terrestrial Records features a series of works that explore diverse contemporary themes, such as our attitude and relationship with nature; the interplay between digitalization, power and privacy; and the hidden presumptions within our societies.
Lara Almarcegui’s “Mineral Rights (Tveitvangen)” questions ownership of the Earth and her natural resources. In her “City Weights” she creates awareness for our urban environment opposed to nature, and in her “Guides” she focusses on the importance of wasteland within our constructed surroundings. “Naturist Campsite” by Maria Pask shows our distance and alienation from nature. Presented as a video work within the Terrestrial Records exhibition, “Naturist Campsite” was a one-day live event at the back garden of Marres in Maastrict, where hired actors played the roles of naturists, confronting the visiting public with a fully functioning naturist campsite. A large projection work by Pauline Curnier Jardin “Explosion Ma Baby” depicts how seemingly primitive rituals merge into a Catholic religious process.
Artists: Lara Almarcegui, Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz, Pauline Curnier Jardin, Jeremiah Day, Maria Pask, Falke Pisano, Michael Smith