The Materiality of the Invisible
Lida Abdul, Semâ Bekirovic, Rossella Biscotti, Marinus Boezem, Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan, Joey Bryniarska & Martin Westwood, Leyla Cárdenas, Ruben Castro, Imran Channa, Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum, Mikhail Karikis & Uriel Orlow, Daniel Knorr, Jeroen Kooijmans, Irene Kopelman, Giuseppe Licari, Chaim van Luit, Mark Manders, Alice Miceli, RAAAF, Raewyn Martyn, Stéphanie Saadé, Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Oscar Santillán, Daniel Silver, Studio Ossidiana, Marjan Teeuwen, Leonid Tsvetkov, Maarten Vanden Eynde, Roy Villevoye & Jan Dietvorst, Matthew C. Wilson
Venue: Marres, Van Eyck and Bureau Europa, Maastricht, NL

Curated by: Lex ter Braak, Huib Haye van der Werf, Valentijn Byvanck and Saskia van Stein

The Materiality of the Invisible approaches contemporary art as an activity that shares several characteristics of archaeology. Many artists probe the underlying layers of our social and political reality. They expose what is concealed and penetrate to other times. Like archaeologists, they make the invisible visible.

The Materiality of the Invisible shows the results together with the work of 24 other artists. The exhibition spreads out over the three locations, Marres, Van Eyck and Bureau Europa. Van Eyck is a partner in the multi-year EU project NEARCH – New scenarios for a community-involved archaeology. For this project, they selected six international artists who each collaborated with two archaeological partners.

In The Materiality of the Invisible, the artists disclose new and unfamiliar worlds by digging, like archaeologists, beneath the palpable surface and exposing the underlying layers of our interpersonal, social and political realities. Their discoveries, stories and installations bring forward possible interpretations of the past and future from which the overlaying present has been peeled away layer by layer. In so doing they proffer new insights into our own reality and they visualize the world of the imagination.