From 1 to 31 October the Oude Kerk in collaboration with the Hartwig Art Foundation will present a sound installation by Portuguese artist Ana Guedes (1981). Her installations are often a mix of historical and personal stories. Inspired by the interplay between personal and political history as reflected in her family archive, Guedes’s work centres on the question of which stories are passed on and which are lost.
As in earlier works, Guedes takes the record collection of her Portuguese family as a starting point for her installation in the Oude Kerk. Having travelled across three continents, this record collection reflects the migration of her family. They bought the first records in Angola in the 1960s, after war broke out in the former Portuguese colony, and expanded the collection with vinyl from Portugal and Canada until the 1980s. The scratches on the records and the moth-eaten covers betray the passage of time. The records are passive witnesses to a displacement in time and space.
hartwig art foundation
The Hartwig Art Production | Collection Fund was established in 2020 and is part of the Hartwig Art Foundation. The fund stimulates experimentation and creativity at the highest level. Every year the fund supports a group of artists in the creation of new and ambitious work. The artworks are eventually bought by the Hartwig Art Foundation and donated to the Dutch State (Collectie Nederland). In this way, the fund makes a lasting social contribution. For the Special Project 2020-2021 collaborations have been established with presentation institutions in the Netherlands. Besides Oude Kerk presentations by a total of 15 artists can be seen at Kunstinstituut Melly (Rotterdam), Stroom Den Haag, Vleeshal (Middelburg) and Casco Art Institute (Utrecht).
Ana Guedes is a multidisciplinary artist born in Portugal and based in the Netherlands. In her artistic practice she combines media such as sound, video, installation and performance. She followed a residency programme at the Jan Van Eyck Academie in Maastricht and attended a Master Program – Master of Artistic Research at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague and the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in the same city. She has previously shown work at venues including Stroom Den Haag, De Fabriek in Eindhoven, the Playground Festival in Leuven and the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid. She is one of the 15 selected artists participating in this year’s Hartwig Art Foundation project.
Photo: © Maarten Nauw