EXIT - Doris Hardeman

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Welcome to the exhi­bi­ti­on EXIT’ by Doris Hardeman, con­clu­ding her three months resi­d­en­cy at Off the Grid. The ope­ning is accom­pa­nied by an artist talk.

She loved the sea for its storms alo­ne, cared for vege­ta­ti­on only when it grew here and the­re among ruins. She had to extract a kind of per­so­nal advan­ta­ge from things and she rejec­ted as use­less eve­ry­thing that pro­mi­sed no imme­di­a­te gra­ti­fi­ca­ti­on — for her tem­pe­ra­ment was more sen­ti­men­tal than artis­tic, and what she was loo­king for was emo­ti­ons, not scenery.”

– Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

Somewhere bet­ween a ware­hou­se and a wooden shack Lilibet Exi[s]ts. Space here is defi­ned by a mag­ni­tu­de of [non]performativity. As the day grows old, it sheds its lay­ers of mea­ning, brin­ging to light what nor­mal­ly remains shel­te­red in darkness.

Doris Hardeman (°1993, Rheden, NL) lives and works in Brussels. Through the media of sculp­tu­re, wri­ting and instal­la­ti­on, Doris’s con­cep­tu­al and mate­ri­al research departs from the hete­ro­to­pic spa­ce that balan­ces on the bor­ders of both the per­so­nal and the com­mer­ci­al struc­tu­res of soci­e­ty. Through col­lec­ting, repro­du­cing, and recon­tex­tu­a­li­sing objects, she attempts to cre­a­te anec­do­tal yet poe­tic sce­na­ri­os that latch onto soci­al issues sur­roun­ding today’s indu­stri­al manu­fac­tu­ra­bi­li­ty. Within the cre­a­ti­on of the­se sce­na­ri­os, which are intertwi­ned with mythi­cal refe­ren­ces and set in con­tem­po­ra­ry fra­me­works, Doris sear­ches for a means to reflect on how objects can sha­pe the way we rela­te to time and the­re­by fra­me the per­cep­ti­on of our sur­roun­dings. Paying clo­se atten­ti­on to the broad ver­sa­ti­li­ty of mate­ri­als in terms of crafts­mans­hip and the mass pro­duc­ti­on indu­stries, her works play with the authen­ti­ci­ty, uti­li­ty, prac­ti­ca­li­ty and the ori­gi­nal value of her cho­sen mate­ri­als, ampli­fying con­no­ta­ti­ons con­cerning the indu­stri­al manu­fac­tu­ra­bi­li­ty of our pre­sent time.

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