This spring De Hallen Haarlem
presents La Vache Qui Rit, a solo exhibition by Dutch-Moroccan artist Hamid el Kanbouhi. In 2011 he concluded his residency at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam with his performance and room filling installation Casting. His new project La Vache Qui Rit is again a performative installation, custom made for the exhibition space. La Vache Qui Rit will be on view from 16 March until 3 June 2012. This exhibition coincides with a show of video-installations by Charles Atlas and a presentation of recent acquisitions by De Hallen Haarlem.
Drawing constitutes the basis of Hamid el Kanbouhis (Larache, Morocco, 1976) practice as an artist. Whether making clay sculptures or a painting, the point of departure is always a sketch or a drawing. Sometimes the drawings are works onto themselves; in other cases they form part of an installation, like in La Vache Qui Rit. The installation that Hamid el Kanbouhi has especially created for De Hallen Haarlem exists of works on paper and sculptural elements that combine into a room filling work. At various moments during the exhibition the installation will double as a performance site.
Method of working
Hamid el Kanbouhi draws inspiration from everyday situations and strange encounters and subsequently transforms the persons he met or the events he witnessed into images. El Kanbouhi sometimes even invites people he happens to meet to participate in his performances. Chance, playfulness and an ongoing search for unbeaten paths are at the core of his working method.
Earlier work: Casting
In his so-called performative installations the artist trifles with the viewer. In his final presentation at the Rijksakademie in 2011 El Kanbouhi challenged his audience by reversing roles: not the work, but the audience was to be judged. Visitors to his installation Casting were assessed out loud on their physical appearance by a three-headed jury. In this way the visitors critical gaze was met by the possibly similar discerning look of the jury members. The installation with large paintings and drawings of nuns, Muslim women, pin-ups, bodypainted models and immigrants challenged the viewer to reflect on this strange meltingpot of different worlds and cultures.
Comics Festival Haarlem
The 11th edition of the Comics Festival Haarlem (Stripdagen Haarlem) will take place from 1 to 3 June 2012. The Comics Festival Haarlem started in 1992 and is organised biennially by the Beeldverhaal Nederland Foundation. As part of the festival De Hallen Haarlem will host a special event under the name of De Hallen Extra on the evening
of Thursday 31 May: a performance to accompany La Vache Qui Rit. 8 p.m., free entrance.