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Hedwig Houben

The Hand, The Eye And It



Hedwig Houben invited her father Rob Houben to give a guided tour of her solo exhibition at 1646.

Instead of one single evening to discuss her work Houben organized three different moments for which she had invited three guests that are closely related and well acquainted with her work, to give guided tours, allowing them to give their points of view without any intervention on her part. The format of the guided tour corresponds to the work of Hedwig Houben, that is often informed by a performative practice and a subjective position. From his own point of view Rob Houben is closely involved with the work of his daughter and he gave his personal take on it.

For the second Background Event Hedwig Houben invited her former teacher Rob Leijdekkers to give a guided tour of her solo exhibition at 1646.

As her former teacher at the art academy St. Joost in Breda Rob Leijdekkers had been following Houbens developments in her work and he gave his personal take on it in 1646.

The third and last Background Event accompanying Hedwig Houbens solo show was hosted by visual artist Brenda Tempelaar.

Tempelaar was a student in some of the classes Houben taught at the academy in Breda. In her own work Tempelaar explores the axioms that underlie the making of exhibitions. With this professional background she gave her own personal view on the exhibition of Hedwig Houben.


About Hedwig Houben: Houben (b. 1983, Netherlands) studied at the Art Academy St. Joost, Breda (NL), Art Academy Düsseldorf (DE) and graduated from the Higher Institute for Fine Arts, Ghent (BE). Solo shows include Personal Matters and Matters Of Fact, Playstation Fons Welters Gallery, Amsterdam (NL); Five Possible Lectures On Six Possibilities For A Sculpture, P/////AKT, Amsterdam (NL). Group shows include Found in Translation, Casino-Luxembourg, Luxembourg (LU); Manufacture 2, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton (EN); OOO, Daine Singer Gallery, Melbourne (AU); The Shape Of Forms To Come, Kuttner Siebert Galerie, Berlin; Manufacture, Parc Saint Léger – Centre d’art contemporain, Pougues Les Eaux; Sober & Lonely Institute For Contemporary Art, Johannesburg; Cross Roads, KIT, Düsseldorf; Gasthoven, Aarschot; 100 x 100, Zwervende Tentoonstelling #15, Rotterdam; Déjà vu, Fabriek, Eindhoven; Pleasure Ground, Lokaal 01, Breda (2010/2011).


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