Concealed murder, suppressed love, tarnished innocence, and frustrated ideals inform the material for a series of profound, amusing, sad, and compelling histories by Adela Babanova, Zachary Formwalt, Annie Kevans, Gert Jan Kocken, Carlos Motta, Óscar Muñoz, Song Ta, Koki Tanaka and Günter K.‘s ‘Margret’ collection.
Curator: Valentijn Byvanck
Sometimes we wish that we had written history differently. Or had left it unwritten because the perspective was one-sided, unjust or brutal. We wish to undo that history because it provides a perspective that we no longer accept or that we even loathe. At other times, our new sensitivities uncover histories that have never been told because they were considered unimportant, forgotten, unfinished or overtaken by other perspectives.
The Unwritten was dedicated to these forgotten stories. Histories that strongly appeal to our imagination and empathy. We feel nostalgia for a lost world, anger at injustices, euphoria with the correction of those injustices, dismay at a wrong turn and relief at a right one. They are all emotional and sometimes even sensory experiences caused by the unexpected turn that history sometimes takes and the way it has erased other stories.
During The Unwritten Marres organised extra activities. In October, during the History Month, visitors of the exhibition could take part in guided tours, given by Valentijn Byvanck, director of Marres and curator of the exhibition. These so-called weekend tours took place on 25 and 26 October. On 29 October and 12 November, Marres opened its doors in the evenings and hosted Marres Wednesdays. On this evenings, participating artists Gert Jan Kocken and Annie Kevans disclosed the sources from which their work originated.
Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij