Semâ Bekirović, Reading by Osmosis
Reading by Osmosis
Nature interprets man.
Curated by Semâ Bekirović
het Glazen Huis, 16 February – 7 April 2019
The culture/nature dichotomy isn’t as self evident as has long been held. If culture and nature can no longer be seen as opposites, what’s to keep us from stretching things a little bit further, and proclaim nature to be capable of art, of authorship?
For this show, Semâ, who has been known to collaborate with natural phenomena within her own art practice, tries to steer clear of her usual role of author/artist. As curator she provides the works with context, hoping to start a discussion about authorship. Nature clearly doesn’t care all that much about us. It is always ready to upend our familiar world. Different natural processes employ different means towards this end, engendering different aesthetics. An aesthetics that surprisingly often reminds us of contemporary art works. It’s clear that it’s not just us who interpret nature, but nature itself that interprets us.
Semâ Bekirović is a Dutch artist and curator. She showed at A.O. at Stedelijk museum Amsterdam (2015 Amsterdam), Galerie Stigter van Doesburg (2015, Amsterdam); Hayward Gallery project space (2010, London), Nest (2018, Den Haag); Bunkier (2017, Krakow); Pyeong Chang Biennale (2017, Zuid-Korea); Museum 104 (2014, Parijs).
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Sunday March 24, 2019
An afternoon with lectures
Mamoru Suzuki gives a lecture about his bird nest collection and Kees Moeliker (director Natural History Museum Rotterdam) will be doing a Q&A with Semâ Bekirović.
The lecture by Mamoru will be held in Dutch and is available for children. After the lecture, children are invited to build birds nests themselves.