Gare du Nord, a project initiated by Chiara Ianeselli and developed with Lucas Evers of Waag, opens on July 16th 2015 at 6 pm in the historic, anatomical theatre of de Waag building in Amsterdam. The exhibition will be on display at the Theatrum Anatomicum for one month, and will be open on Thurs.-Fri.-Sat.-Sun. from 12 am until 6 pm.
Gard du Nord is primarily a show about the body: its shape, its membrane, and its boundaries. The sentence written along the walls of the theatre (a quote by the humanist Caspar Barlaeus) has been interpreted by the three artists in different ways. In their works, these artists have chosen different scales of perception, touch, and sight. All the works are new, site-specific commissions.
Nicola Samorì, who represented Italy at the 56th Venice Biennale, reveals another possible use for the theatre: what if a dissected body stood up and incorporated all the identities of those that have looked upon it? Laurent-David Garnier has developed a tool for observation: a kaleidoscope able to capture all the light particles that have been floating in the House of Vision. Sonja Bäumel unfolds kingdoms, colonies, and dynasties that have been, are, and will be our closest companions.
If you would like to attend the program prior to the opening of the exhibition (starting at 5 pm), with an introduction by Lucas Evers, followed with a presentation by Frank IJpma on the context of the building, the anatomical theatre, insights of the space, historical context, and anatomical dissections and a presentation of the exhibition by Chiara Ianeselli.
More information is available at the project page (see below). Entrance of the opening event is free (normal entrance fee is € 2). If you would like to attend the public opening of the exhibition at 6 pm, please register below.
The project is supported by Waag, Institut Français des Pays-Bas, Austrian Embassy The Hague, and promoted by Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Amsterdam and Iamsterdam.