ERIK VAN LIESHOUT
Annet Gelink Gallery proudly presents its first solo exhibition of Erik van Lieshout (1968, Deurne). In his multimedia installations Van Lieshout raises contemporary social-political themes such as the multicultural society, the position of minorities and the consumer society. He approaches these issues from a personal view by making himself the subject. Because of this approach Van Lieshout's installations are both a personal document and a critical rendering of the developments in current society.
On arrival the visitor enters the magical, noisy world of Erik van Lieshout. The gallery is occupied by an architecture characteristic for Van Lieshout, dominated by wood, lace curtains and a video projection. Red, yellow, blue, black and white refer to the modernistic ideals of De Stijl and Mondrian.
The film in the installation, JANUS (2012, 51 minutes), is about a man from the working-class neighbourhood Rotterdam-Zuid named Janus; the contents of his house were bought by Van Lieshout after his death. Van Lieshout plunges into Janus's life by filming his family, neighbours and fellow-townsmen. By means of interviews he makes a connection with art-political subjects such as the role of the artist and the reduction on art grants.
The video projection JANUS is made with the support of the Netherlands Film Fund.