collaboration with Anika Schwarzlose
Installation: textiles, soils
Residue is a collaborative project by Elena Khurtova and Anika Schwarzlose, conducting a critical research into the grounds of the former weapons factory on Hembrug terrain in Zaandam. It has been home to the Netherlands’ biggest weapons factory between 1904 and 2003, which played an important role in many international conflicts, including the suppression of the independence struggles in Indonesia during the colonial wars. Currently, the area is in redevelopment in order to revive it for civilian use, but the violence that used to be exported from here has not disappeared; the soils beneath the former factory contain contaminating remnants of the weapons manufacturing. An extensive process of soil remediation tries to address this contamination. An act that represents attempts of cleansing, but can just as well be read as the covering up of an uncomfortable past.
Khurtova and Schwarzlose see the soil of the Hembrug terrain as a physical archive that tells its own story. In parallel, they investigated the photographic archive of the Hembrug factory and selected images which depict working conditions, advertisements, and technical documentation. A series of large textiles brings these two archives in contact through a photochemical process, called soil chromatography. The polluted soils reveal and transform archival images, both archives interact and collide with each other.
Commissioned for Refresh Amsterdam #2 War & Conflict at Amsterdam Museum, Residue - Part 1 is an installation, consisting of a series of the soil chromatographic textile works. In a format of performative activations artist share the photographic process of revealing the archival imagery on newly created works that join the exhibition.
Curators: Imara Limon, Imke Ruigrok
The exhibition at the Amsterdam Museum features work by: Nasam Abboud & Yazan Maksoud & Roua Jafar, Kristina Benjocki, Marcel van den Berg, Luan Buleshkaj, Dina Danish, Ehsan Fardjadniya & Raul Balai, Tina Farifteh, Clinton Kabena, Ayşen Kaptanoğlu, Susanne Khalil Yusef, Gert Jan Kocken, Senka Milutinović, Vika Mitrichenko, Sithabile Mlotshwa, Pieter Paul Pothoven, Ratu R. Saraswati, Anika Schwarzlose & Elena Khurtova, Victor Sonna, Handan Tufan and We Sell Reality.
The project was made possible by the generous support of the Mondriaan Fonds, AFK, Stichting Stokroos and Zaans Museum.