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 ‘MOTH’ by Josephine Baan at KKLB, Beromünster

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From October 2018 until October 2019, Josephine Baan will present new work at museum KKLB. Spanning a year in total, MOTH acts as a time capsule in which material and immaterial processes take place, both visibly and invisibly. The unheated, open space in a rural area invites the weather, nature, and time to enter and take effect on the materials. Transient and fluid, the works in the exhibition occupy the space as mute beings, whose interrelated affects and effects offer musings on preservation and change.

The exhibition will be accompanied by four seasonal performances, signifying moments where words, gestures, and movement further influence the installation. The first of these four performances took place at the opening on October 7th 2018, and was titled The Fall. Dates and titles for the three following performances will be announced over time.

Josephine Baan lives and works through movement and its margins, navigating the discrepancy between what it means to exist with, rather than to exist beside. Baan works with change, with material change and repetitive reflection on works and moments. Materially and performatively thinking between things, beings and situations. Consciously switching perspective to influence roles and readings of power and control in relation to affection and gestures of care.

Baan works interdisciplinary, allowing sculptures and installations to exist within performative stages, adapting and warping as texts and words are fed into the space. Material processes correlate with writing, and in turn provide moments in which the body steps in. Probing how word becomes flesh. Process and time are both key to the practice, Baan works with living; a practice which cannot be rushed.

Baan is a member of Friendly Stalking; a community of practitioners working in the fields of art, design and science, who engage in designing collaborative, non-hierarchical learning environments. Baan also teaches collaboratively in the BA Fine Arts department of the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. Recent exhibitions and performances include; MOTH at Museum KKLB in Beromünster, CH; A Brief History of Becoming Rock at Art Rotterdam in Rotterdam, NL; The Benefits of Living in a Restaurant at Pavilion in Rotterdam, NL; Nothing 2 C Here at Alkovi Galleria in Helsinki, FI; and It’s a Dirty Job at Foound in Geneva, CH.

7.10.18 — 7.10.19

Photo by Mik Matter


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