Photo: Thijs Wolzak

Artist House

installation, solo exhibition, Lumen Travo Gallery, site-specific in Amsterdam-East

The installation consists of 4.000 liter potting compost, 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 first populations of Colombia and the way in which knowledge was and is transferred in / through these cultures, Mariëlle Videler was once again confronted with the European culture; 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 potting soil in her studio house. 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 staircase, Videler had built in the doorway, they set foot on the dark soil with bare feet. The acoustics of the room were silenced by the thick layer of soil, as you can experience from a certain height on a mountain.

Thanks to City District of Amsterdam East, Mondriaan Fund and Thijs Wolzak.