In this talk Houben discusses her first solo exhibition in the UK, at Spike Island, which includes a number of key works made over the last five years, encompassing film, performance, sculpture and text.
Dutch artist Hedwig Houben makes sculptural works that are mediated by film, performance and language. She foregrounds the acts of making and talking about art in awkward performances that reveal to the viewer the questions she asks of her own activity and process. Houben has described her work as attempting to understand how the process of making works ‘relates to the structures that we create together within society – rules, assumptions, expectations.’
In this talk Houben discusses her first solo exhibition in the UK, at Spike Island, which includes a number of key works made over the last five years, encompassing film, performance, sculpture and text. See her portfolio here.
Art in the City talks are free for UWE staff and students with ID. Call Arnolfini on 0117 917 2300 or visit www.arnolfini.org.uk to book. Tickets can be collected in person from Arnolfini Box Office from 11am on the day of the event.
Organised by Spike Island, Arnolfini, Bristol City Council, and the University of the West of England. Supported by Bristol City Council.
Hedwig Houben (b. Boxtel, The Netherlands, 1983) lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. Houben studied at Higher Institute for Fine Arts Flanders (HISK), Ghent (2010-2011) and Art Academy Düsseldorf (2006-07). Recent solo exhibitions include: First, you learn to see; second, you try to understand; and third, you're about to act, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2014); The Hand, the Eye and it, 1646, Den Haag, The Netherlands (2013); Five Possible Lectures on Six Possibilities for a Sculpture, P/////AKT, Amsterdam (2012); Personal Matters and Matters of Fact, Playstation, Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam (2012). Group exhibitions include: Haar werk werd verder o.m. getoond in: Don’t You Know Who I Am? Art after Identity Politics, MUHKA, Antwerp, Belgium; Trains of thoughts, Goethe-Institut Rotterdam (both 2014); Six Possibilities for a Sculpture, La Loge, Brussels, Belgium; The Moon has a Complicated Geography, De Vleeshal, Middelburg (2013); Definitional Disruptions, Kunstraum, London, UK; Riptide, Kerstin Engholm Galerie, Vienna, Austria; Manufacture 3, CentrePasquArt, Bienne, Switzerland (both 2012); Comique Géométrique, La Salle de Bains, Lyon, France; Found in Translation, Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg; Sober & Lonely Institute For Contemporary Art / Outlet Project Room, Johannesburg, South Africa; Making is Thinking, Witte de With, Rotterdam (all 2011).