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ART X LIVE X FOOD and everything in between

26 November 2020 - 4 December 2020

Exhibition | HCA 2020: A Firefly Sits on an Electric Fence Reflecting on Light by Danielle Hoogendoorn & Jonathan van Doornum

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• EXHIBITION | A Firefly Sits on an Electric Fence Reflecting on Light by Danielle Hoogendoorn & Jonathan van Doornum •
Curated by Rawad Baaklini & Tiiu Meiner
30 October - 21 November >> EXTENDED till 5th of December
Open Tue - Sat: 17:00 - 21:00
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A group of remarkable characters gather amongst peculiar contortions as the worlds of Danielle Hoogendoorn and Jonathan van Doornum collide.
An extraordinary trilogy is woven through three rooms as Hoogendoorn’s animals and van Doornum’s sharp compositions invite the audience to part-take in a contemporary allegory. Depicted through animal portraits, dramatic quilts and ceramic farm animal heads, Hoogendoorn captures striking sceneries of fable-like creatures alluding to a greater plot. These playful scenes are juxtaposed with the polished poetics of van Doornum’s installations. Metal and nature harmonise to reveal relatable myths that occur as mere consequences of existing. His antennas catch the essence of the future, past and present, and present them to us as plots to absorb.
Both artists suggest a much needed disruption in our linear lives, as they call to a reckoning the need to break out. Hoogendoorn’s work reminds us to ask what are the morals of our individual stories, while van Doornum frames a mythical tale that depicts us and escapes us until the end of time.

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Hoogendoorn works with concepts of magical realism wherein animals are used as a gateway into aesthetic and critical self-exploration. Balancing between the boundary of kitsch and dark humour, Hoogendoorn uses ominous backgrounds with playful animal motifs to catch the audience’s attention. Portrayed in rather perilous settings, the animals engage in a representation of human activities. This unveils her simultaneous fascination with animals and their innocence, while questioning our own human (perhaps pompous) role in the world.

van Doornum’s work is mystical in its compositional qualities, while soberly sleek in its aesthetics. His work explores the pinnacle of when tangible transforms into intangible, and the otherworldly potentials of this point. His aluminium rods present themselves as lines through space-- present in their sturdy metal bodies yet delicate and acclimatizing to their surroundings. The poetics of his installations tell a narrative of ultimate truths; ones we can all relate to, and ones we will always experience.

Rawad Baaklini is a Rotterdam based Lebanese designer and curator and Tiiu Meiner is a Rotterdam based Estonian writer and curator. Together they combine techniques of poetry, institutional critique and story telling to create compelling narratives in their work.

The Hamburger Community of Art (HCA) is Roodkapje’s year long residency and development trajectory for young and emerging artists, based on the principles of experimentation, collaboration, and developing new artistic practices. What can artists learn from each other? How can (young) artists stimulate their development collectively? And, how can they find new and intriguing ways to connect to diverse audiences?