Monday, November 7, 2011

Marijke van Warmerdam's Handstand

Artist Marijke van Warmderdam takes simple, alluring subjects and challenges viewer understanding by using cinematic techniques. Handstand (1992) is a film installation that questions perceptions of innocence. Here, an adolescent girl (or young woman) does a handstand. The artist slows and loops the footage. On the surface, it's a playful moment. But as the viewer continues to watch the experience shifts from enjoying a whimsical moment to spying voyeuristically.

The short video of Handstand below was shot in June at the Stedeljik Museum in Amsterdam. It was recently included in this post by Blend magazine in the Netherlands.

Museum Bojmans Van Beunigen is showing a retrospective of her work. The exhibition is curated by Jan Debbaut, former director of collections at Tate in London.

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