Gläserner Mensch

Artist: Katerina Sidorova, Wieske Wester

‘Gläserner Mensch’ brings together a body of new works by Dutch artist Wieske Wester (1985) and Russian artist Katerina Sidorova (1991). Both artists share a fascination for the manipulative powers of government and the value of resistance and protest. The title of the exhibition refers to the German term for a fully screened, monitored person, and is used as a metaphor for the unbridled collection of personal data from private persons.

For her new series of large scale paintings Wieske Westerfound inspiration in George Orwell’s dystopian books and essays. Instead of directly referencing for example the role of certain animals in Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’, in which, once in power, they suppress and exploit other animals, she searched for their vulnerability. In that sense her works can be considered portraits that do not necessarily look like the portrayed, but offer an ambiguity, layers of interpretation, characteristics that have to be discovered slowly by ‘reading’ between the lines.

Katerina Sidorova was struck by a video ad published on Youtube by the Kalashnikov military factory promoting ‘The Wall’, a truck-based device designed to stop massive demonstrations. Produced and presented with extreme levels of masculinity, aggression and obscene pride, the ad is meant to showcase the newest technological progress in Russia and deter potential protesters. For this exhibition Sidorova has recreated elements of riot control arms and oppressive architecture, but made out of a fragile material like glass, thus underlining notions of false transparency.

Until 28 March
Van Limburg Stirumstraat 47

Guide

Galerie Ramakers
NEST
Stroom Den Haag
exhibition
until 08 August

Tarwe en Walnoot

Jani Rusica
1646
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exhibition
until 15 August

Upaya

Mickey Yang
KM21
West Den Haag
Kunstmuseum Den Haag
exhibition
until 05 September

Bob Bonies

Kunstmuseum Den Haag
Fotomuseum Den Haag
exhibition
until 03 October

Papier en Licht

Popel Coumou
Fotomuseum Den Haag
exhibition
until 24 October

Fire, Fire, Fire!

Bas van Beek
Kunstmuseum Den Haag
West Den Haag
Kunstmuseum Den Haag
West Den Haag
exhibition
until 06 February

Façade

Igor Mitoraj
Museum Beelden aan Zee
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