Five international artists with roots in The Hague show works that are connected to the here and now in the city, but at the same time relate to "elsewhere". That other place can be a community center, a national border or even space. Starting point for the artists is The Hague; the city that, as an (inter)national center of power and authority, derives its identity largely from its relationship to other places.
Andrius Arutiunian examines specific algorithms based on facial micro-expression used in EU border surveillance; Louis Braddock-Clarke and Zuzanna Zgierska auction off slices of a reproduced meteorite, questioning the appropriation of materials from space; Iliada Charalambous, on the basis of numerous conversations with neighbors, proposes a way for local communities to organize themselves; Narges Mohammadi, with her sculpture, presents a proposal for a monument to the changing character of The Hague's working-class neighborhoods; and Anastastastija (Nastija) Kiake has researched addresses of arms dealers in The Hague to question the "militarization" of the Dutch landscape.
With the works, the artists question the definition of "the public domain". They highlight processes and systems that may be hiding in plain sight. In doing so, they reflect on issues both national and international. They invite the audience to examine their own position towards these current issues.
'Positions' offers a stage for talent from The Hague. With this program line, Stroom presents new and existing work by visual artists from The Hague, thus showing the great diversity of their practice. Besides exhibitions, there is also room for artistic research, experimental presentations, lectures, performances and other activities.
The exhibition 'Positions: Elsewheres', which is accompanied by a series of events and guided tours, is made possible with the support of the City of The Hague.