Nesrine Khodr (b.1973, lives and works in Beirut, Lebanon)
Cleo Campert (b.1963, lives and works in Amsterdam)
Ellen de Bruijne is proud to present two artists whose work both in different ways concern narrating and documenting. Tracks leading to different places.
The work of filmmaker Nesrine Khodr often takes the form of essay or documentary essay. It addresses topics such as the urban space and how its inhabitants interact with it as well as issues such as borders, mobility and territoriality. Some of her work also attempts to capture ephemeral moments through films that much resemble haikus in their approach.
At Ellen de Bruijne Projects she will present two works. ‘Enclosures’ has been produced in 2004 when she was in Holland at the Rijksakademie. Enclosures deals with concepts of home and exile, as well as the feeling of being foreign and the “Fortress Europe”. It is a film about a journey, a reflection on borders and what it means to live illegally in a country. The second piece is filmed in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, in 2005. It traces a movement between one point in the city to another just before nightfall. Not much of the street is directly revealed through this drive that feels more like a trip than a mere short crossing from one place to the other. The intricate soundscape transports us through different territories as we try to capture the contours of the street and construct an image of it.
As a self-made photographer Cleo Campert has worked many years making photographic reports of daily, urban life and journalistic issues. For the former nightclub Roxy she was the house photographer. In her photographs she was able to get to the heart of nightlife. After searching the darkness of the clubbing scene she got out to broaden her horizon by travelling the world. While touring through countries as diverse as Cuba, Gambia and Belgium she discovered a common place. In Ellen de Bruijne Projects she will show her personal documents of people waiting, standing still, or frozen in a scene. Capturing these moments the apathy becomes visible, almost tangible and seemingly suffering, their motionless figures are nearly swallowed by the ominous darkness around them.
Jeremiah Day – For Us The Living/Period of Reflection
“The answer to Debord’s `Society of The Spectacle’ is Lincoln’s `Gettysburg Adress’.” – HR Shapiro
Jeremiah Day’s work is marked by a persistent attempt to link ephemeral moments of revelation to a consciousness of political possibility. In his exhibition Day presents two works: a series of photographs, and a performance. Both evolved from a long meditation on the above quote by US political writer and township democracy activist HR Shapiro. By pairing two seemingly opposed figures like Guy Debord and Abraham Lincoln, Shapiro’s one-liner is paradoxical and perplexing. For Day the `answer’ Shapiro refers to seems to be found within one rhetorical turn of Lincoln’s famous oration over the fallen of the US Civil War: “we cannot dedicate. rather it is for us the living to be dedicated.”
`For Us The Living’ is a series of photographs that emerged from a meditation upon these texts (some shot years ago, some shot only a few weeks ago).
Day will also perform a collaborative work with the band We Vs. Death that can be attended at the Bellamystraat 53 on Monday, the 21st at 7pm. This work is an epitaph to the American journalist Gary Webb who died in December, 2004.
The second part of the title of the exhibition, “Period of Reflection”, refers to the official `period of reflection’ declared by Jose Borroso after the French and Dutch `No’ votes on the European Constitution this past summer. Day has asked the European Union Ministry of Culture for formal recognition that this exhibition does in fact constitute an object for reflection in a `period of reflection’ on the European political project.
Negotiations are ongoing.
Program this spring at EdB Projects: 14 January – 18 February: ‘Film Premiere #1 (the exhibition set re-curated)’ ,curated by Jan Van Woensel 25 February – 1 April: Maria Paskin Dolores: Stefanie Seibold/curated by Falke Pisano EdB Projects will be represented at:
Art Basel Miami Beach, 1 dec t/m 4 dec 2005, stand P06: L.A.Raeven, Maria Pask, Suchan Kinoshita Arco 06 Madrid, 9 t/m 13 feb 2006, Project Room: Susan Philipsz (in collaboration with Mizuma Art Gallery Tokio)