Intimacy / Chambres d'Amis
Curator: Valentijn Byvanck
Friendly attention from a stranger in a bar. The stroke of the cashier’s hand when giving change. The silent understanding with a loved one. Intimacy is a much sought after yet hard to find value. It is taken for granted and yet we cherish it as a rarity. We feel intimacy in the body’s safety, in spiritual anchoring, in the love, sex, and attention of those close to us. We experience it in a negative sense when accidentally interrupting a situation or conversation not meant for us, or the failed reproductions of intimacy on Facebook, in dating programs or the genre of reality TV.
Alongside the exhibition, Marres organised a Chambres d’Amis as a tribute to Jan Hoet, who made fame in 1986 by showing artworks in private homes in Ghent. Six artists created works for homes in the centre of Maastricht. The houses were open in the first month of the exhibition. The works of Chambres d’Amis moved into the exhibition at Marres.
Amie Dicke, Emily Jacir, Birthe Leemeijer, Keetje Mans, Nishiko, Petra Stavast, Sanne Vaassen and Roy Villevoye.
Meet the artists
In addition to the Chambres d’Amis weekends, Marres organised evenings alongside the exhibition. During these evenings the public could have a conversation with the artists. Valentijn Byvanck, director Marres and curator of the exhibitions, also gave an introduction and guided tour of the exhibition.
Meet the artists #1: With Sanne Vaassen, Nishiko, Keetje Mans and Petra Stavast.
Meet the artists #2: With Amie Dicke and Birthe Leemeijer. Interview by journalist Merel Bem.
Work Nishiko in Gouvernement Maastricht
Japanese visual artist Nishiko donated a work to the Gouvernement Maastricht. Member of parliament Daan Prevoo, was presented with a repaired porcelain bowl by Nishiko. For the ‘Repairing Earth Quake Project’ in the Miyagi area affected by the earthquake and tsunami, Nishiko searched for pieces of porcelain, plastic parts, broken, everyday objects. She repaired them with the help of residents in order to give them a new home. Seven of these objects were exhibited at Marres during the exhibition Intimacy / Chambres d’Amis, among other places. Prevoo gets the bowl on loan and has to look after it until the real owner comes forward.
Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Limburg and the Cultuurparticipatiefonds Limburg.