The Amazon wilderness, moist, damp, sticky, deafening, breathtaking, is the most invasive form in which a landscape forces itself upon us. Once you’re inside, there is no escape. The pressure of the environment is so powerful and hypnotic that it propels people into a dreamstate. The exhibition Dreaming Awake presents a tropical rainforest peeled back in layers. The exhibition is about the experience of touch caused by strong outside forces. Dreaming Awake aims to bring that experience to the visitors of Marres.
The immersive project is developed by the Brazilian curator Luiza Mello and Marres director Valentijn Byvanck in collaboration with the artists Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané and Luiz Zerbini. Dreaming Awake is part of a series of Marres exhibitions in which the house is used to show an all-encompassing single work of art. Previous projects in this series were Levi van Veluw: The Relativity of Matter (2015-16) and The Painted Bird | Dreams and Nightmares of Europe (2017).
Luiz Zerbini: Natureza espiritual da realidade [Spiritual Nature of Reality]
Luiz Zerbini (São Paulo, 1959) employs a rich and vibrant palette for a diverse range of subjects such as landscapes, urban panoramas and domestic scenes, as well as more obscure or even abstract works. A few years ago, he also started to show his sources outside painting: he created table-worlds composed of elements that he collects on his walks and travels, using them in his paintings: sand, bamboo, butterflies, leaves, corals, bricks, etc. For Dreaming Awake, he took his practice a step further: he transformed Marres’ ground floor into a forest-garden consisting of plants he has painted, others he is still going to paint, species chosen one by one to take part in a colorful total installation that is a living quasi- painting. Zerbini has had a series of retrospective exhibitions at Galpão Fortes Vilaça, São Paulo, Brazil (2015); Casa Daros, Rio de Janeiro (2014); Instituto Inhotim, Minas Gerais (2013) and the Museu de Arte Moderna in Rio de Janeiro (2012). He took part in the Biennials of São Paulo (2010; 1987), Mercosul (2001), Havana (2000) and Cuenca (1996). In 2017, Stephen Friedman Gallery showed his work in London, and the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain (Paris) is scheduled to show his work in the summer of 2018.
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster: Promenade 2
Through site-specific installations and environments that immerse visitors in light and sound, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster (Strasbourg, 1965) examines how spaces prompt memories and affect our moods and perceptions. After Chambres, her 1990’s series of minimally decorated rooms, González-Foerster has produced a series of dream-like interiors that contain references to film, literature and architecture. Presented in a version especially made for the space of Marres, Promenade 2 invites us to forget our spatial settings and experience the sound of a tropical rainstorm. The space is empty to focus the visitors’ attention entirely on the sound environment. The visitor’s body is encouraged to immerse itself and to be stimulated by the emergence of visions, recollections and dreams. In recent years, DGF had a series of solo exhibitions in, among others, the Pompidou Center, Paris (2015-2016), the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon (2015), the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid (2014) and Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London (2008). She also participated in Skulptur Projekte Münster (2007) and Documenta XI, Kassel (2002).The artist’s most recent films are Otello 1887 (2015), Vera and Mr Hyde (2015) and Lola Montez in Berlin (2015).
DANIEL STEEGMANN MANGRANÉ: PHANTOM & SPIRAL FOREST
For many years, Steegmann Mangrané (Barcelona, 1977) has studied the Brazilian jungle through works that are focused on the powerful contrast between human perception and the intense reality offered by the jungle. In Marres, he presents two works produced in the tropical forest of Brazil’s Southwest, the Atlantic Forest, one of the world’s most rapidly disappearing ecosystems. The film Spiral Forest was shot with a hinged, gyroscope-like device in which an object can rotate 360 degrees while remaining upright. The body of the spectator is turned spinning in the continuous spiral of Spiral Forest and projected into it, entering the flow of the image in motion. In the second work, Phantom, the visitors use a virtual device to enter and move through a forest scanned in black and white. The artist had recent solo exhibitions at the Múrias Centeno, Lisbon (2015), Esther Schipper, Berlin (2015), Proyectos Monclova, Mexico City (2014), and Mendes Wood, São Paulo, Brazil (2013). He also participated in several Biennales including that of Cuenca, Ecuador (2014) , the Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre (2013); and the Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo (2012).
Next to the exhibition Dreaming Awake, an eponymous publication will be launched. This publication is edited by Luiza Mello, João Doria, and Valentijn Byvanck, and published by Automatica and Marres. The book is available at the reception desk of Marres or through our web store. The publication Dreaming Awake was among the winners of the Best Dutch Book Designs 2018 and is on display at the Stedelijk Museum from 27 September until 30 October.
More information about Dreaming Awake
Dreaming Awake is a part of a series of immersive exhibitions at Marres, where artists are invited to not just display existing works, but to transform the entire house into an installation of their work. Other exhibitions in this series are Levi van Veluw: The Relativity of Matter(2014-15), The Painted Bird (2016) en The Floor is Lava (2019).
BankGiro Loterij Fonds, VSBfonds and Mondriaan fund generously contributed to Dreaming Awake.
Marres receives structural support from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Municipality of Maastricht and the Province of Limburg.