The Mother Mountain Institute

6 November 2021–20 January 2022
The opening takes place on 6 November 2021 and the exhibition is on view through 20 January 2022.
Visit this page to learn more about the opening program and how to visit.

Casco Art Institute in partnership with Hartwig Art Production | Collection Fund 2020/2021 is proud to present The Mother Mountain Institute by Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide), an ongoing artwork and artistic research project that collects testimonies from mothers who have lost their child to transnational and transracial adoption. These testimonies have been processed by the artist into a sound piece.

The project presents itself as a room-size installation work that invites the viewer to enter, listen, and honor the otherwise-erased stories of the mothers in the company of the spiritual presence of the mountain as the ultimate protector.


At Casco The Mother Mountain Institute shares the stories of two mothers from South Korea and Bangladesh whose children were stolen and trafficked for transnational and transracial adoption. The centerpiece of the installation is a mountain, whose presence evokes a spiritual entity, a patient shelter, and a companion for meditative walks who might provide answers to impossible questions transcending reason or logic. Inside this space representing the universe, a woman’s voice narrates the story of a mother and in alternation the mountain speaks. As an ongoing project, The Mother Mountain Institute mobilizes us to intervene in the current transnational adoption system that embodies colonial order and capitalist logic, and ultimately imagine what an institution could be like if based on motherhood and the mountain, as a resource of consolation and wisdom.

The installation is accompanied by twenty drawings of mountains made from 2015 to now, undertaken at mountains known for their spiritual qualities.

Artist Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide) has been creating an extensive body of work that embeds her critical inquiries in affective, intimate, and haptic forms of painting, installation works, and video-essays, presenting them on many significant national and international art platforms. The Mother Mountain Institute is one of Chang’s works that epitomizes her practice and also poses questions on the position and power of art to challenge existing institutions and their system. This work in particular inspires Casco’s long standing inquiry into alternative economic and social structures for long-term, ongoing, and socially engaged artworks that involve community and require care, maintenance, and sustainability. 

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Image description: A small mountain features in the centre of a circle in a dynamic space with a rotating planetary system on the roof. Credit: Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide), The Mother Mountain Institute, kinetic sound installation, 2017-ongoing, photography the artist.


Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide), kunstenaar

Audio file 1, gebaseerd op een interview/getuigenis van een Koreaanse moeder, 17 februari 2017 in Chungcheong Buyeo district, Zuid Korea
Alexandra Coutts, stem moeder
Agnieszka Polska, stem berg

Audio file 2, gebaseerd op een getuigenis van een moeder uit Bangladesh, 20 februari 2020, Tongi, Bangladesh
Mehreen Mahmud, stem moeder
Moktadir Dewan, stem berg

Tekst de berg: Sara Sejin Chang (Sara van der Heide), Agnieszka Polska, de hoofdmonnik van het Seon Monastery van Mihwangsa, Zuid-Korea, de vrouw die het verleden en de toekomst kan zien, Zuid-Korea

* Met speciaal dankwoord aan de moeders; Jung Sun Beijsens; en de Shapla Community

Mark Thur, techniek

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

Ariadne Sergoulopoulou, Jonny Mehrez, Norbert Kovács, Leonardo Siqueira, Olga Maroudi, niet normaal*, vrijwilligers tentoonstellingsbouw

Olivier (Aro AndersTaxi), vervoer

Yota Tselenti, Martha Miari, Rita Westwood, Jody Metcalfe, vrijwilligers openingsprogramma

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

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), schoonmaak

David Bennewith /, graphic identity

Clementine Edwards, redacteur Engels
Rosa Paardenkooper, vertaling Nederlands

Aude Christel Mgba, Hartwig Art Production | Collection Fund curator

Casco Art Institute kern team:
Binna Choi, directeur
Erik Uitenbogaard, head of diverse economies
Staci Bu Shea, curator
Leana Boven, assistent curator
Marianna Takou, producer
Luke Cohlen, communicatie, website, & campagne

The Hartwig Art Production | Collection Fund werd opgericht in 2020 en is onderdeel van de Hartwig Art Foundation.

The Hartwig Art Production | Collection Fund stimuleert experiment en creativiteit op het hoogste niveau. Elk jaar steunt het fonds een groep kunstenaars met de ontwikkeling van een nieuw en ambitieus werk. De kunstwerken worden vervolgens aangekocht door de Hartwig Foundation en gedoneerd aan de Nederlandse staat (Collectie Nederland). Op deze manier doet het fonds een blijvende sociale bijdrage. Voor het Special Project 2020/2021 zijn samenwerkingen opgezet met presentatie instellingen in Nederland. Naast Casco Art Institute (Utrecht) zijn in het totaal 15 presentaties te zijn bij Stroom Den Haag (Den Haag), Oude Kerk (Amsterdam), Vleeshal (Middelburg) en Kunstinstituut Melly (Rotterdam). Hartwig Art Production | Collection Fund 2020/2021 in het algemeen is samengesteld door Sharmyn Cruz Rivera, Iris Ferrer, Aude Christel Mgba, Jo-Lene Ong, en Rita Ouédraogo. Voor meer informatie bezoek:

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