365 PLANTS

6 November 2021–19 December 2021
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Note: this exhibition is at the Travelling Farm Museum depot (Winkelcentrum Leidsche Rijn Centrum, Hof van Bern 33, 3541 DD Utrecht), 12.00–18.00 every Thursday until Sunday.

Casco Art Institute in partnership with Hartwig Art Production | Collection Fund 2020/21 is pleased to present 365 PLANTS by Dutch artist Mariëlle Videler at the Travelling Farm Museum (TFM) depot in Leidsche Rijn. 365 PLANTS is an artwork that is part of an ongoing project that consists of 365 BIRDS / 365 PLANTS / 365 INSECTS. 

Mariëlle Videler works across media, creating installations, drawings, objects, videos and performances. Based on the belief that all organisms have equal value, she creates a pathway through the textures of the world. She explores a new, intensive way of feeling, perceiving and acting, identifying herself as a traveler who makes physical, but above all imaginary journeys. For the past ten years she has done extensive research into the knowledge, ideology and craft of Indigenous cultures such as the Colombian Kogi and the Inuit of Greenland. The idea for the long-term project, 365 BIRDS / 365 PLANTS / 365 INSECTS, sprouted from a meeting with artist and plant expert Abel Rodrígues (also known as Mogaje Guiju) in his house in Bogotá in 2016. When Videler saw one of his colorful drawings in the place where he works, she fully realized that he embodies his original habitat, the Amazon socio-ecosystem on the Igaraparaná River, and shares this through his work. “Knowledge is in your canasto,” Abel told her: in your chest along with your heart.

365 PLANTS
is the outcome of a year-long collection of intricate, almost extraterrestrial plants that Videler created not by looking or thinking of a plant, but by using small scissors and black ink to slowly sense the plant. The fragile paper plants seem to float around a large wall that cuts through the bare grey space, engaging playfully with the situatedness of the TFM depot in Leidsche Rijn Centrum. By creating every day and by using direct and elementary techniques such as drawing, cutting and ink-washing, Videler wants to reconstruct the senses. In this exhibition, she shares an imaginary post-human reality with the visitors.

An essay by the artist titled Plant Day is available alongside the installation and provides insight into the happenings of daily life that accompany the making of these detailed and delicate works. Plant Day follows the saga of a backyard magnolia tree’s human-influenced, grim fate and the artist’s committed intervention. The event of the magnolia tree sets the temporality and frame of view that day, and Videler punctuates the narrative with anecdotal observations and interpretations of what she is surrounded by – from art historical references to her ritualistic, embodied practice within her Artist House. She acknowledges the human and nonhuman details that color each day, and that ultimately inform her artistic practice.

For more information about Mariëlle Videler’s work visit: www.mariellevideler.nl

The presentation of 365 PLANTS in Leidsche Rijn Centrum is hosted at the Travelling Farm Museum depot, a collective project focused on building a repository of knowledge and skills for ecological and resilient living, and embraces the cyborgian nature of exhibiting within the Leidsche Rijn mall that exists on top of rich agricultural heritage.

Image description: Mariëlle standing, faced to us with her back, shirtless, paper-cutting plant shapes. 365 PLANTS, 23.10.2020 – 22.10.2021, detail of the installation. Credit: Mariëlle Videler

6 November 2021 - 19 December, 2021
Leidsche Rijn

Colophon:

Mariëlle Videler, artist

Michael Klinkenberg, Thomas de Kroon, Hannah van der Schaaf, Bram Kuypers, Emiel Vanhove, Kasper Van Moll, exhibition construction team

Ariadne Sergoulopoulou, Jonny Mehrez, Norbert Kovács, Leonardo Siqueira, Olga Maroudi, niet normaal*, exhibition build up volunteers

Olivier (Aro AndersTaxi), transportation

Yota Tselenti, Martha Miari, Rita Westwood, Jody Metcalfe, opening program volunteers

Sun Chang, Sandwich Stories, Shakeela Martinus from Caribbean Ice Cream factory, opening program catering

Norbert Kovács, Taliet Marsman, Martha Miari, Jonny Mehrez, Ariadne Sergoulopoulou, Leonardo Siqueira, Lux Sauer, Jody Metcalfe, Maria Sujecka, Rita Westwood, Olga Maroudi, hosts

Faisol Subroto (IMWU), cleaning

David Bennewith / colophon.info, graphic identity

Janine Armin, English editor
Abraham Meeuwsen, translation

Aude Christel Mgba, Hartwig Art Production | Collection Fund curator

Special thanks to The Outsiders

Casco Art Institute core team:
Binna Choi, director
Erik Uitenbogaard, head of diverse economies
Staci Bu Shea, curator
Leana Boven, assistant curator
Marianna Takou, producer
Luke Cohlen, communication, website, & campaign

Partner:
The Hartwig Art Production | Collection Fund was established in 2020 and is part of the Hartwig Art Foundation.

The Hartwig Art Production | Collection Fund stimulates experimentation and creativity at the highest level. Every year the fund supports a group of artists in the creation of new and ambitious work. The artworks are eventually bought by the Hartwig Art Foundation and donated to the Dutch State (Collectie Nederland). In this way, the fund makes a lasting social contribution.

For the Special Project 2020/21 collaborations have been established with presentation institutions in the Netherlands. Besides Casco Art Institute (Utrecht), presentations by a total of 15 artists can be seen at Stroom Den Haag, Oude Kerk (Amsterdam), Vleeshal (Middelburg), and Kunstinstituut Melly (Rotterdam). Hartwig Art Production | Collection Fund 2020/21 at large is curated by Sharmyn Cruz Rivera, Iris Ferrer, Aude Christel Mgba, Jo-Lene Ong, and Rita Ouédraogo. Find more information at: www.hartwigartfoundation.nl

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