Opening: June 15th, 18:00
16th June – 8th July 2023
An expanded exhibition with works by: Collectif Faire-Part, Krystyna Dobrzańska, Kevin Jerome Everson and Claudrena N. Harold, Edka Jarząb, Sashko Protyah, Erika Roux, Andrés García Vidal
WET is open on Fridays and Saturdays2pm-6pm and by appointment
Address: Hillevliet 90, Rotterdam
The exhibition is split across two parts of the building, with the majority of the works in our usual space on the third floor and one work on the ground floor (hosted by INTRO).
Satellite event: 21.06, WET presents Collectif Faire-Part, WORM Rotterdam
WET are proud to present Group Efforts, a group exhibition with works by Collectif Faire-Part, Krystyna Dobrzańska, Kevin Jerome Everson and Claudrena N. Harold, Edka Jarząb, Sashko Protyah, Erika Roux, Andrés García Vidal.
The artists and filmmakers gathered together for ‘Group Efforts’ sketch out terrains of struggle. With a subjective selection of works, the exhibition forms an idiosyncratic survey of contemporary audio-visual practices engaging with acts of solidarity and resistance.
This resistance manifests in various ways. In some cases – in the context of war, for example – filming is an immediate tool in a struggle for survival and liberation; in other cases it is used to challenge embedded colonialism, or re-centre the body as a political agent. The works employ horizontal approaches to documentary, testing its capacities and limitations, witnessing the formation of communities and their upheavals, recording histories from below. Shifting between reenactment, slow cinema, and direct documentary approaches, the exhibition shows the interiority of life inside these various struggles, where political involvement and formal experimentation, play and humour, go hand in hand.
Formally, culturally and geographically distinct, the works share the need to negotiate the spaces in which we live and act, the ways we live and work together, and the ways the past is written and can be speculated upon. These artists and filmmakers challenge conventional modes of production – both the individualistic tendencies of the art world and the strict hierarchy of the film industry – in an attempt not only to depict, but to remake the world. Collaboration is at the very core of the works, and through their proximity in the exhibition they form a coalition, with points of commonality across disparate contexts.
The ground floor of the building (where one work is installed) has step free access via a ramp. Our main space on the third floor is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible. There is an elevator to the second floor and a flight of steps to the third floor. Gender neutral and wheelchair accessible toilets are available. Please get in touch if you have any questions about access.
All works have English subtitles and works in English will have a printed transcript available. The video presented on the ground floor will have alternating English and Dutch-subtitled versions.
WET’s 2023 programme is supported by Mondriaan Fonds and Gemeente Rotterdam.