Manon de Boer (Guest Curator: Haeju Kim)
Down Time

Manon de Boer, Oumi, third part of From nothing to something to something else, video still, 2019. Courtesy Jan Mot and the artist.
Manon de Boer, Oumi, third part of From nothing to something to something else, video still, 2019. Courtesy Jan Mot and the artist.
Manon de Boer, Caco, João, Mava and Rebecca, del 2 af From nothing to something to something else, part 2', videostill, 2019. Courtesy Jan Mot and the artist.
Manon de Boer, Caco, João, Mava and Rebecca, del 2 af From nothing to something to something else, part 2’, videostill, 2019. Courtesy Jan Mot and the artist.

Solo show featuring the internationally renowned artist Manon de Boer (b. 1966, The Netherlands), now exhibiting in Denmark for the first time.

In the four video works that make up Down Time, de Boer turns her poetic, sensitive and keen eye on young people. Manon de Boer portrays moments. Her practice is permeated by an endeavour to capture the human experience of time, not least by addressing the temporal process leading up to moments of creation.

Whether they depict young musicians and dancers as in the trilogy From Nothing to Something to Something Else or de Boer’s own son as in The Untroubled Mind, the videos share certain traits: de Boers focuses, in undramatic and lingering ways, on the transitions found in improvisational play and sensuous inquiry. She focuses on young people in the midst of exploring their potentials rather than working towards specific results.

The exhibition at Kunsthal Aarhus presents the four video works in darkened gallert 4 with black-painted walls and sparse lighting. The feeling of the interaction between the space and the slow pace of the videos further enhances the visitor’s sense of arrested time.

Manon de Boer’s art has been extensively exhibited internationally, including at the Venice Biennale, the Berlin Biennale, the Sao Paulo Biennale and Documenta.

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