*19 May – 26 May* Open PS: ID Officials & My Frenchness at The Third Table, by Igor Sevcuk

Posted on June 8, 2019


open PS days with the new work-in-progress by Igor Sevcuk:

the installation ID Officials & video My Frenchness at The Third Table

19, 25 & 26 May, 14:00 – 19:30

or by an appointment in between the dedicated weekend days
@
Goleb PS

About:

In short, it is about music, literature, politics, everyday life & other arts.

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In more words by the artist:

The 2018 novel Van elk waarheen bevrijd* reconnects fragments of repressed collective guilt through the intimate encounters with an artistic personality. Hereby, the novel dramatises the main ideological coordinates of its author, Thierry Baudet – the rising reactionary of the Dutch political arena.

Surprisingly I could relate to Baudet’s literary attempt to reframe political issues through micro-personal dimensions. However, his manipulative psychoanalytical approach is disturbing right on the surface of the text. For my new work-in-progress I attempt to get closer to the symptomatic and antithetical grounds of Baudet’s megalomania, identitarianism and retro-victimhood perspectives.

Consequently, I have brought together the three historical events in the following semi-monumental procedures:

a. (Recasting)

During the Dutch Golden Age, the new class of merchants was ordering expensive ‘selfies’ – as ID paintings to enter history. I am aware of Rembrandt’s newest & ongoing anniversary while ‘recasting’ his last group portrait with the six men. The men appointed to assess the quality of textiles in the city of Amsterdam are still gazing back at the viewer or an intruder of their meeting.

b. (Dissection)

The photographed ID officers are at work at the improvised location in the occupied Netherlands in 1941. Some officials are facing the camera – as collaborators and/or common bureaucrats. One of the six gazers is at the other end of the work tables – to be or not to be prosecuted after receiving the new ID. This scene is now ‘dissected’ and re-edited in time and space.

c. (Confession)

A voice-video of an identity crisis – My Frenchness @ The Third Table – teases around following dilemmas: who are (self)employed collaborators of current ‘states of exception’? – how to meet the requirements of ID officials managing the elimination of ‘states of care’? – a few other issues as well… This ‘confession’ is supposedly a case of dialectical montage, for now still in progress.

* In a free translation: Liberated from any Destination, the title of the book is derived from a late Rilke poem Ode to Music.

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