Sensory Spaces is a series of commissioned solo projects presented in the Willem van der Vorm Gallery, located in the freely accessible exhibition space in the mu-seum’s entrance hall. Artists are invited to respond to the architectural qualities of the space, emphasizing notions of transformation and surprise.
Latifa Echakhch presents a new installation for the fourteenth edition of Sensory Spaces in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. It is the first time this internationally-renowned artist – winner of the 2013 Marcel Duchamp Prize and the 2015 Zurich Art Prize – will have a solo exhibition in the Netherlands. Especially for the Willem van der Vorm Galerij, Echakhch creates a dramatic scene with clothes drenched in black ink. On the floor are the traces left by the clothes as they were dragged across it. Walking through the room visitors will discover that the traces form meaningful patterns.
Latifa Echakhch describes herself as a romantic at heart. Born in Morocco, she grew up in France, in Aix-les Bains on the banks of Lac du Bourget, a romantic landscape par excellence. Nowadays she lives and works in Martigny in the equally charming surroundings of the Swiss Alps. She draws the inspiration for her work from memories of her childhood and from political events, literature and poetry. Art history too, in particular the art of the nineteen-sixties and seventies, is a reference point for her aesthetic vocabulary.
(Photo: Installation View, Latifa Echakhch, L’air du temps – Marcel Duchamp Prize 2013, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2014 © Latifa Echakhch © Photo. Fabrice Seixas. Courtesy of the artist and the Galleries : Dvir, Tel Aviv ; kaufmann repetto, Milan ; kamel mennour, Paris ; Eva Presenhuber, Zurich)