Survival Guides for Ballroom Dancers, Renovators, Softball Moms, Working Parents and Troubled Folk in General at Vleeshal

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Artists: Moyra Davey, Martin Kohout, Katja Novitskova, Laure Prouvost and Jay Tan

Exhibition title: Survival Guides for Ballroom Dancers, Renovators, Softball Moms, Working Parents and Troubled Folk in General

Curated by: Roos Gortzak in collaboration with Julia Mullié and Sophie Oxenbridge

Venue: Vleeshal, Middelburg, The Netherlands

Date: July 3 – September 11, 2016

Photography: Leo van Kampen, all images copyright and courtesy of the artists and Vleeshal

Vleeshal is pleased to present Survival Guides for Ballroom Dancers, Renovators, Softball Moms, Working Parents and Troubled Folk in General, a group exhibition including works by Moyra Davey, Martin Kohout, Katja Novitskova, Laure Prouvost and Jay Tan.

Imbued with a diaristic impulse that is cathartic in character, the process-based, sincere, and often amusing works in this exhibition explore the slippery terrain between truth and fiction, private and public, and intimacy and perversion. Structured according to their own distinct—sometimes absurdist—internal logic, the works could be seen as strategies for survival in our current environment where intimacy and human relations are dispersed across multiple networked platforms; a characteristic of our screen-based culture. This reality brings about a need for the creation of new private rituals, secret semiotic systems, and personalised forms of communication.

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Survival Guides for Ballroom Dancers, Renovators, Softball Moms, Working Parents and Troubled Folk in General, exhibition view, 2016

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Jay Tan, Tongue and Groove (with assorted ceramics), 2015, dimensions variable

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Laure Prouvost, Grandma’s Dream, 2013, video installation, 8 minutes 55 seconds

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Laure Prouvost,Grandma’s Dream, 2013, video still, 8 minutes 55 seconds
Courtesy the artist and MOT International London and Brussels

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Martin Kohout, Sticks: Class A, 2011, dimensions variable

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Martin Kohout, Survival Guides for Ballroom Dancers, Renovators, Softball Moms, Working Parents and Troubled Folk in General, 2013, dimensions variable

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Martin Kohout, Sticks: Class B, 2011, dimensions variable

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Katja Novitskova, Approximation (Snail), 2014, 220 x 144 cm
Jay Tan, Oh, Tom!, 2014, dimensions variable
Martin Kohout, Sticks: Class B, 2011, and Sticks: Class B, 2012, dimensions variable

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Jay Tan, Oh, Tom!, 2014, dimensions variable
Katja Novitskova, Approximation (Snail), 2014, 220 x 144 cm

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Survival Guides for Ballroom Dancers, Renovators, Softball Moms, Working Parents and Troubled Folk in General, exhibition view, 2016

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Laure Prouvost, For A Better Life!, 2006, video still, 1 minute 52 seconds
Courtesy the artist and MOT International London and Brussels

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Laure Prouvost, Stong Sory (Cake), 2005, video still, 2 minutes
Courtesy the artist and MOT International London and Brussels

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Moyra Davey, Oozing Wall (Rémy), 2014, 76 x 61 cm each

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Moyra Davey, Fifty Minutes, 2006, 50 minutes

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