Raquel Van Haver - Spirits Of The Soil
|Author||M. Van Nieuwenhuyzen Ed.|
This publication appears on the occasion of ‘Spirits of the Soil’, Raquel van Haver’s first solo exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. As Azu Nwagbogu writes in his essay, “The best way to approach [her] monumental paintings… is to submit without trepidation to what is an overwhelming sensory experience.” On Van Haver’s jute sack canvases, the inhabitants of Amsterdam’s infamous Bijlmer neighbourhood blend with the denizens of the favelas, barrios, and slums of any number of marginalised urban districts the world over to form an ugly and grim portrait, and yet she also imbues her work with a sense of the community formed by these ordinary, unheroic figures.
|40 p, ills colour & bw, 23 x 32 cm, pb, English|