Mutuo/Mutual

An event by Rita Ponce de León
Friday 9 July and Sunday 11 July

 

For the event Mutuo/Mutual accompanying the exhibition Meet Me in the Middle at Parts Project, Rita Ponce de León invites visitors to engage in a conversation to explore the mental boundary between yourself and the other. What does it mean when you speak out the words, or even the thoughts, of another?

 

Participate

If you would like to participate in this special event, please register for participation below. Because the event consists of two parts it is important that you are available on both days:

 

Friday 9 July and Sunday 11 July at 5 pm.

 

Register now for this event. Parts Project facilitates it. All you have to do is be at Parts Project at the agreed time. You can register by sending an email to info@partsproject.nl and we will send you a confirmation email. If you did not receive a confirmation email, please contact us at telephone number 06-28900691 (Cees van den Burg).

PROJECT 19 MEET ME IN THE MIDDLE

Gerrit van Bakel, Hadassah Emmerich, Yoko Ono, Rita Ponce de León

29-05-21 > 18-07-21.

How well can you truly know, understand, empathise with, or deeply feel for another person? Where does the boundary between you and the other lie? To what extent do you need the other in order to define yourself? These questions serve as the starting point for Meet Me in the Middle, a group exhibition of works that explore the physical and mental space between people.

Put together in an associative manner, Meet Me in the Middle shines a light on feelings that are more or less familiar to us all but are difficult to put into words: profound understanding of or by another person, sudden affectionate recognition, deep empathy, physical desire. And on the other side of the coin, awkwardness, the inability of two people to truly get close, incomprehension, alienation.

This exhibition brings together four artists who are worlds apart in terms of time, space and working methods but all explore deep, intimate forms of human contact or incite the viewer to do so. Yoko Ono’s instruction pieces act as a connecting thread in Meet Me in the Middle, taking visitors for a mental walk in which ideas about individuality, connection, and being together are offered up in a range of poetic ways. Rita Ponce de León’s work starts with the artist stepping completely into the inner worlds of people around her. Out of this identification she creates dreamlike, surreal drawings that, in turn, appeal in an intuitive way to the viewer’s imagination.

The work of Hadassah Emmerich and Gerrit van Bakel focuses much more on the physical aspect. In a single image, each of Emmerich’s sensual paintings lays bare the accessibility as well as the inaccessibility of the other. Van Bakel’s approach can be seen as an acknowledgement of all our inabilities and shortcomings and, at the same time, an effort to compensate for them. He seems to reach out to the viewer through his sculptures, which he literally called “Accessoriess for encounters”. In the artist’s words, “An encounter is a removal of boundaries.”

 

Curators: Judith de Bruijn and Madelon van Schie