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Anna van Suchtelen (e)

Nederlands

Genius loci
Dapiran Art Project Space
28 October – 2 December 2017

In Genius Loci at Dapiran Art Project Space, a solo exhibition, Anna van Suchtelen introduces the classic concept of genius loci, re-introduced by the eighteenth-century poet and gardener Alexander Pope with his verse Consult the genius of the place in all. This rule became first law in landscape design: put the location itself at the centre, consult and adjust oneself to the spirit of the place.
What happens with the spirit, when a place has been wiped away, or when one has to leave a place? Will the genius of that location remain intact? Could the genius live on in an object? Could one capture it in the form of a remembrance?
Van Suchtelen uses archival material, eyewitnesses reports and found footage on location. She examines, edits and transforms her material, in order to reach the heart of her subject matter: the research of the vanished place. Through image and language Van Suchtelen is in search for ways to control history, memory and time.

read more about Genius loci
read the opening speech by Jona van Zetten