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Erik van Lieshout

Sündenbock

16 Sep - 19 Nov 2017

Erik van Lieshout, Sündenbock, 2017
Installation view at Kunstverein Hannover
Picture: Raimund Zakowski
Erik van Lieshout, G.O.A.T., 2017
1-channel-HD video, sound, 61 min., installation
Installation view at Kunstverein Hannover, 2017
On behalf of Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Indien
With support of Mondriaan Fonds, Stichting Dommering Fonds
Courtesy Erik van Lieshout, Annet Gelink Galerie, Amsterdam; Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin; Galerie Krinzinger, Wien; Anton Kern Gallery, New York; Maureen Paley, London
Picture: Raimund Zakowski
Erik van Lieshout, Rotterdam-Rostock, 2006 (Filmstill)
1-channel video, colour, sound, 17 min.
Installation view at Kunstverein Hanover, 2017
Courtesy the artist, Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam; Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin; Galerie Krinzinger, Wien; Anton Kern Gallery, New York; Maureen Paley, London
Picture: Raimund Zakowski
Erik van Lieshout, The Basement, 2014
1-channel-HD video, colour, sound, 17 min
Installation view at Kunstverein Hannover, 2017
On behalf of Manifesta 10, St. Petersburg, supported by Mondriaan Fonds, Netherlands Film Fonds, Outset Netherlands
Courtesy the artist, Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam; Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin; Galerie Krinzinger, Wien; Anton Kern Gallery, New York; Maureen Paley, London
Picture: China Hopson
Erik van Lieshout, Untitled, 2017
Vinyl on paper, 215,5 × 377,5 cm
Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin. Photo: Jhoeko
Erik van Lieshout, Untitled, 2017
Different materials on paper. 150, 5 × 260,5 cm
Courtesy of the artist
ERIK VAN LIESHOUT
Sündenbock
16 September - 19 November 2017

With “Sündenbock” (Scapegoat), the Kunstverein Hannover presents the most comprehensive exhibition of Erik van Lieshout (*1968, lives in Rotterdam) in Germany to date. In a both ruthlessly direct and satirical-humorous manner, his groups of works address sociopolitical issues of our times and visualize political grievances and conflicts in society. The artist transgresses personal borders and social taboos and reveals mechanisms of attributing and understanding roles and transferring guilt. The solo show features works from 2006 until today, presenting six video installations that are brought together in an expansive setting and supplemented by large-format drawings and collages. At the center is Lieshout’s most recent piece developed at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India that focuses on artistic freedom, censorship, and interaction with the audience.

The Dutch artist ventures into the midst of society to shed light on inconvenient themes such as right-wing extremism or migration conflicts and to fathom their social impact. By operating in a both emphatic and confrontational way in his process-based films, he succeeds in directly approaching places and people and bringing their attitudes and opinions to the fore. Lieshout’s personal state and the challenges of being an artist are equally the subject matter of his dissecting gaze. Documentation and staging are inextricably linked, and all actors—including the artist himself—are intensified to roles. The connection between social awareness and egocentricity, voyeuristic and exhibitionistic directness, results in a unique cosmos in which the serious sides of life are negotiated frankly and with little respect. The relationship between the private and political, individual and society, is examined anew each time.

Recent solo exhibitions by Erik van Lieshout at the South London Gallery (2017) and in Wiels, Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels (2016), participation in numerous group shows, among others, Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Fort Kochi, India (2016), Emscherkunst, Dortmund (2016), Manifesta 10, The European Biennial of Contemporary Art, The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia (2014).

Sponsors
Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur | NORD/LB Kulturstiftung | Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung | Sparkasse Hannover | Mondriaan Fonds | Botschaft des Königreichs der Niederlande
 

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Selected Works
Oscar Tuazon Burn the Formwork (2017)
Xavier Le Roy with Scarlet Yu Still Untitled (2017)
Michael Smith Not Quite Under_Ground (2017)