Photo: Thijs Wolzak

Artist House

installation, site-specific in Amsterdam-East

The installation consists of 4.000 liter soil, everyday objects, existing and new work, and projects in development like the textile work Women of the Soil, that Mariëlle Videler has have been on working since 2016.

After returning home from a research period devoted to the cultures of the indigenous people from Colombia and the way knowledge was and is transferred in / through these cultures, Mariëlle Videler was once again confronted with her own local and cultural history; with compromised rituals and spiritualism that has been kept out of everyday life. This inner conflict was the inspiration for the Artist House installation, for which she dumped 4,000 liters of soil in her studio house. For more than two weeks she lived on the soil together with her former partner and their cat. On the other hand, the visit of the installation, actually took place without the presence of the artist, visitors were welcomed by an exhibition guard and asked to take their shoes off. Via a low staircase, specially built by Videler in the doorway, they bridged the stairwell barefoot to the dark ground. The acoustics of the rooms were silenced by the thick layer of soil, as you can experience from a certain height on a mountain.