Bogaert, Maurice (NL)
| 2012-12-20 09:08:16
Artist in residence in 2012 in Sinop (TR) for Now Wakes The Sea'.
Works produced during the residency: ‘Artist in Residence/Guest Worker - Konuk Sanatçı/Misafir İşçi' (6’23) and 'Everything Will Be Beautiful - Her şey Harika Olacak' (1’28 + 2’48).
Parallel residents Bahanur Naysia & Yilmaz Vurucu (TR).
Works presented at Sinopale 4, Sinop Biennial (TR), Museon (NL), GEMAK (NL), Siemens Sanat Istanbul (TR), Into The Great Wide Open (NL).
Dutch artist Maurice Bogaert realised two conceptual videoworks during his residency at Sinop:
‘Artist in Residence/Guest Worker - Konuk Sanatçı/Misafir İşçi' (6’23)
Maurice left home for a place which he wasn’t familiar with. Within the first week, he found his first job. He started to work at Ülgens Model Workshop, helping build model boats. He bargained well however, and in return, received a promise to help him build a boat,. Together they built his own reconstruction of 'the Ocean Wave', the boat Dutch artist Bas Jan Ader disappeared with in 1975.
Bas Jan Ader became a myth and source of inspiration of future generations of artists, connecting also global arts to the universal stories of coastal communities about lost men at sea.
'Everything Will Be Beautiful - Her şey Harika Olacak' (1’28 + 2’48):
Walking and biking through Sinop, one of the things that struck Maurice were the many construction sites. New roads and buildings are being constructed throughout the city. The sites seem to be preludes of a better, brighter future. But are they? 'Everything Will Be Beautiful' is a work about the better, brighter, and more beautiful future that is promised to us. He uses different media, like the digital billboards in the city centre to share the words: 'Everything Will Be Beautiful' as a wish, a poem, a mantra. But who is actually talking to us? Is it a poem? Or is it an official announcement? Is it the municipality that wants us to stay tranquil?
‘Everything will be Beautiful’ is an artwork that strongly connects to the hopes and aspirations of the Turkish pioneers, who set out in the sixties to look for work and a brighter future in The Netherlands as guest worker. People leave their homes and families every day, often due to political pressure.
Artist Maurice Bogaert (NL), architect Bahanur Nasya & filmmaker Yilmaz Vurucu (TR) were 6 weeks artist in residence in Sinop (TR) and in The Hague (NL) for 'Now Wakes The Sea -NLTR400' in the context of Sinopale 4 and the celebration of 400 years relations Netherlands - Turkey. The exhibition in Siemens Sanat Istanbul frames the documentary 'The Sea in Me' by Nasya & Vurucu and the 2 conceptual works 'Guestworker' and 'Everything will be beautiful' by Bogaert within the context of a special duo film program with Turkish and Dutch contributions by artists and filmmakers:
Eliane Esther Bots, Zeger Reyers, Cevdet Erek, Barbara Hanlo, Merve Kayan & Zeynep Dadak, Aram Tanis & Jacolijn Verhoef, Rüya Arzu Köksal & Aydın Kudu, Kees Bolten, Imre Azem, BNA.
With special thanks to all participating artists and filmmakers, the coastal communities of The Hague and Sinop, our Turkish cultural partner European Cultural Association/Europist, Siemens Sanat, Museon, GEMAK, Turks Museum Nederland, Wander, SICA, SfA, ECF, the Dutch Embassy in Turkey, the municipality of The Hague.