Komend: ‘Postmemory’ Elisabeth Moritz

11 september • 6 december 2020 | OPENING VRIJDAG 18 september OM 20 UUR
Tentoonstelling en artist in residence van de Zweedse kunstenaar Elisabeth Moritz

Dat Bolwerck geeft met de tentoonstelling Postmemory aandacht aan de herdenking van de Tweede Wereldoorlog die 75 jaar geleden een einde vond. Postmemory toont het werk van de Zweedse kunstenaar Elisabeth Moritz die al vele jaren werkt met het thema: de herinnering aan de oorlog.

“With love and curiosity Elisabeth Moritz brings the unspoken into light. She examines her own identity lodged within a complex in-between. So often we make it easy for ourselves dividing things into black or white, victim or perpetrator. But how are we going to be able to seriously understand the other. All narratives are constructions and Elisabeth Moritz opens the lid to reach into the complexity of what it means to be a human being and part of a historical situation before judging or condemning the other. Elisabeth Moritz’ images are poetically beautiful examinations of something that is on the surface harmless, but below the surface dark, discomforting and unfathomable.” – Iris Müller-Westermann, Director of the Modern Museum Malmö, Sweden, 2019.

Elisabeth Moritz (1956) is a painter who grew up in the south of Sweden and moved to Paris at the young age of sixteen. She graduated from the art academy in Paris in 1987; she stayed in Paris until 1997, when she decided to move back to her Swedish hometown Lund. When she moved back to Sweden, she missed the cafes, the little daily exchanges when shopping and the life philosophy transmitted between people.

She draws a lot; it's her way of seeking knowledge about the unknown. Model drawing is her solid foundation from beaux arts. Today, she draws other objects than what is right in front of her eyes. A searchlight in the form of thousands of sketches sweeps across her inner landscape, and suddenly, inexplicably, even to herself, she halts and sees something that resonates within her. She develops the form, tries it in different configurations - asking: "how can it have this charge? - what's in it for me? "a range of images can begin like this. She works up the form on large format paper laid out on the floor. One form "feed" the other, focused and determined. She feels that it is as if she wears these forms within herself. Tangible but also enigmatic forms. She strives to make the images as physically tangible as possible.

She often listens to classical music in the studio. Bach, for example, helps to formulate a thought, fragments of a life philosophy. She listens intensely. It can sometimes feel as if the sounds coming from within her. She allows herself to be sensitised, let the music get to work and focuses her attention. Through music, she takes part in a larger context, a greater ensemble.

Sometimes the picture is stronger and takes control over her. The unconscious is stronger than the conscious self. She wants to balance a too rational way of reflection. "there are constant meetings throughout the process.” She says. Then, when the image is complete, she can observe it from the outside, curious, give the interpretations free rein and replace each other on various different levels.

Bekijk hier het CV van Elisabeth Moritz.