Voorheen De Gemeente (VHDG) is an art initiative based in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands, that stands for new, exciting and uncompromising forms of contemporary art. We offer emerging artists a dynamic context for experiment, artistic development and production of new work. We actively seek ways to present art that connect with everyday life. Through our artist-in-residence, exhibitions and nomadic and international projects, we encourage artists and audience to engage in conversation.
Secret mountain - An imaginary hike Margriet van Weenen (1983) The Netherlands. Studied BA Visual Arts Academie Minerva and MFA Advanced Painting at the Frank Mohr institute lives and works in Groningen. She works in various media, such as photography, painting, collage and sculpture. Within a theme she researches objects and photographs, on their history, context or appearance. The art projects of van Weenen mainly result in an installation, the work find its origins in the (natural)history museum or photo archives. She takes the existing image to here studio and from there the intense process of making starts. She searches, collects, photographs, copies, cuts, paints, prints, sculpt. During her process, the context of an installation freezes the moment of process and search, afterwards the process continuous. An Important theme in here work is the duality between materialisation and the metaphysical. The construction and deconstruction of our society and the preservation of our history. The tension between temporality and the urge to conserve. Here installations have a strong resemblance with historical museum presentations, where objects are shown from there function and context. Lately here interest shifts more to nature and landscape. Her latest installation was a commissioned research for a Dutch archive, resulting in the exhibition: Unfixing histories, the landscape as a museum. The installation shows images of the idyllic landscape, archaeological spaces but