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BEFORE AND AFTER THIS.

8 Sep - 7 Oct 2018

Hist-i-o-ry/ L’affare del secolo

Hist-i-o-ry/ L’affare del secolo

Hist-i-o-ry/ L’affare del secolo

an exhibition by Hamid El Kanbouhi
How many generations does a person need to disentangle him or herself from the collective and personal history? And to what extent can a biased individual be regarded as a …

How many generations does a person need to disentangle him or herself from the collective and personal history? And to what extent can a biased individual be regarded as a product, that can be included in the circulation of commodities?

These are the questions that form the ground for the performative installation of Hamid El Kanbouhi (1976, works and lives in Amsterdam) of his solo exhibition Hist-i-o-ry/ L’affare del secolo at 1646 that will open this season. For this exhibition Hamid will create new work that takes up the complete gallery space and transforms it into an all covering performative installation, involving painting, drawing, text, objects and human figures that on special occasions will be activated as the artist will put himself on display and offer himself during the performances.

Hist-i-o-ry/ L’affare del secolo will be an performative installation through which the artist will explore notions as family, origin, the human being as product, talent, policy resulting into something that is an all involving work inextricable from the reality of the daily life of the artist and his struggle to survive as an artist.

The focus of the installation will be directed on measuring the interpretation of the visitor and his or her interaction with the performer, the space and the object. Unconventional correlations are made to the world of football, the position of the player as a product, and the significance the player carries for so many people. In a similar way Hamid El Kanbouhi likes to see the artist and the way the viewer is affected through the game of manipulation. Simultaneously the viewer is involved in experiencing the work, affecting both lives.

The installation will be unable to answer all the questions that it raises, rather it offers a collection of symbols and hints from the artists life history and experience.

Hamid El Kanbouhi studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, the Sandberg Institute and the Rijksakademie. In 2013 El Kanbouhi participated in the Biennale of Marrakech and in 2014 he became the first city drawer of Amsterdam. In 2015 he was shown in Pangaea II at Saatchi Gallery London. Also in 2015 he started making large format drawings for site specific installations like WHO HAS PEED IN MY MIND (Nest, The Hague).