Sanne Vaassen, My Continental Drift, 2014
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. For this exhibition,
Marres has invited a number of artists to explore the intimacy embedded within their own practices. It includes work by Amie Dicke, Emily Jacir, Birthe Leemeijer, Keetje Mans, Nishiko, Petra Stavast, Sanne Vaassen and Roy Villevoye.
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.
Intimacy / Chambres d’Amis is generously supported by the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Limburg and the Cultuurparticipatiefonds Limburg. Marres receives structural support from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Municipality of Maastricht, and the Province of Limburg.