Un-Folding Works Past, Present and Forever

General Press Releases Wednesday October 9, 2019 17:21
Bangkok--9 Oct--fyi
Dutch artist Rabin Huissen to unfold memories from his residencies in Thailand and Myanmar in solo show titled "Un-Folding Works – Past, Present and Forever"in his home city

Dutch conceptual artist Rabin Huissen is unfolding his memories in his latest solo show titled "Un-Folding Works – Past, Present and Forever" in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, from 13 October to 13 November 2019. The new body of work, conceived in Bangkok, Ko Samet and Thanyaburi in Thailand, and Yangon and Ngwe Saung in Myanmar, will be on display at the Phoebus Rotterdam, a well-known contemporary art gallery in the artist's home city that has been in business for almost three decades.

"Un-Folding Works" features photography, white boxes, mail art, sculptures and a flag, all alluding to specific moments in time in the artist's life. The time-based photographic prints are evidence of an intimate body experience and the artist's reflection on his travelling out of everyday life and being unmasked from social roles and masks. These memories are collected and archived in white boxes, presented as gifts from the artist and to be opened and "activated" by the gallerist for the gallery visitors. Exhibited on the walls of the gallery to offer some sort of timeline, they are secrets from the artist's personal life unfolded for the public.

Meanwhile, each of the love letters and postal boxes (mail art) contains a set of instructions, a favour that the artist has asked of a friend or a stranger to whom each letter or box was addressed. The instructions were thought out based on the personality of the recipients and their relationships with him. The works were finalized as the instructions were followed by these friends and strangers. During the exhibition period, all the recipients will be invited to talk about the works in an intimating setting, thus creating new memories.

"All the exhibited works carefully articulate a relation between private and public: keeping and sharing secrets," says Huissen. As an artist who uses his own body to create art, his works are a collection of cherished personal memories, which he subtly shares with the

audiences, appearing like jigsaw pieces that offer an intimate glimpse of his life. This exhibition is an on-going exploration of his preoccupation with time, places, people and objects. The works were created during his residencies and travels in Thailand and Myanmar in 2018 and 2019. In his art practice, Huissen yearns to preserve the energy of moments and to connect his history with the histories of others.

"Apart from my art practice I also teach arts to demented elderly people," Huissen says. "With them I see that memories have great value. With them sometimes a memory is clearly there and sometimes it's far hidden, but if you can push the right buttons, it can suddenly appear again." At "Un-Folding Works – Past, Present and Forever", Huissen's memories and secrets await anyone's curiosity.

PHŒBUS- Rotterdam
Eendrachtsweg 61 NL-3012 LG Rotterdam
email phoebus@phoebus.nl www.phoebus.nl

For more on his work, please visit rabinhuissen.blogspot.com. You can contact him directly at huissenrabin@hotmail.com or his publicist in Thailand, Kullaya Kassakul, by email at yim@fyibangkok.com or by phone at 096 449 9516.

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