Wendelien van Oldenborgh - “From Left to Night”
29 April – 20 June 2015
63 Penfold Street, London, NW8
Wednesday to Saturday, 12-6pm
Wendelien van Oldenborgh’s (b. 1962, Rotterdam, Netherlands) commission was an experimental film production, embedded in The Showroom’s neighbourhood, in which a number of seemingly unconnected players, places, events and knowledges meet. Bringing together such elements including the nearby Paddington Green Police station where UK terror suspects are detained and questioned, a local hip hop artist, and the 2011 London riots, the ‘script’ was generated through the act of filming, with the full involvement of the characters.
Looking at what transpires from these encounters, the film explored socio-racial dynamics and behaviours, the governing systems and architectures which provoke and reinforce them, and the voice and language of the individual amidst it all. Material gathered in this process was brought together in cinematic and spatial language within an installation specially conceived for The Showroom.
A monograph of the artist’s work will be co-published by The Showroom, Sternberg Press and If I Can’t Dance in autumn 2015.
Wendelien van Oldenborgh is based in Rotterdam, Netherlands. She has recently been awarded the prestigious Dr A.H. Heineken Prize for Art. Wendelien has participated in: “Confessions of the Imperfect, 1848 – 1989 – Today”, Van Abbemuseum, 2014; 54th Venice Biennial, 2011; 4th Moscow Biennial, 2011; 29th São Paulo Biennial, 2010; 11th Istanbul Biennial, 2009; and Berlinale Forum Expanded, 2011 and 2013. She has exhibited widely, including at the Generali Foundation, Vienna; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Museum Sztuki, Lodz; Tranzitdisplay, Prague; Van Abbemusem, Eindhoven; Casco, Utrecht; M HKA, Antwerp.
Preview: 28 April, 6.30–8.30pm at The Showroom (open to all; free admission)