May Your Wish Come True…

2 March – 1 April 2012
Opening: 2 March, 6 – 8 pm
Location: De Lairessestraat 100, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (across the street from Christie’s)
Opening hours: Wed – Sat, 2 – 6 pm or by appointment

It is with great pleasure that Adriana González Hulshof and Madelon van Schie present the exhibition May Your Wish Come True… The exhibition will show works of Antonio Vega Macotela, Lidwien van de Ven, Tatiana Mesa Paján and Newsha Tavakolian. The theme of the exhibition May Your Wish Come True… is human desires seen from different angles. The videos, drawings and installations reveal each in a unique way the role that desires may play. The exhibition takes place in a raw, spectacular anti-squat building with an unexpected atmosphere. The character of its former dental practice plays an essential role in the show.

Antonio Vega Macotela (Mexico, 1980) worked for several years with the inmates at the Santa Martha Actitla prison in Mexico City. He engaged with them to get an understanding of what their deepest desires concerning the world outside the prison walls were. Macotela set-up a “time exchange project” with prisoners: In exchange for Macotela fulfilling inmate’s wishes, they would produce simultaneously a work of art. On a certain day, while Vega Macotela was having dinner with inmate Humberto’s family, Humberto captured his own heartbeat on paper (Intercambio 13). These time exchanges resulted in the series Time Divisa (2006 – 2010), of which a part will be on show during the exhibition. 

Lidwien van de Ven (The Netherlands, 1963) focuses on political and religious topics. Her work shows what generally falls outside the scope of the news. For this exhibition two photographs, both printed on newspaper, will be presented. Jakarta 19/12/2010 (2011) was made in the female section of the biggest Mosque of Jakarta. In a rhythmic and colourful composition, Van de Ven shows multitudes of veiled women in prayer.

With the installation Gabinete de Arqueologia (2009-2010), Tatiana Mesa Paján (Cuba, 1981) looks back into the past. The artwork consists of objects found in the streets of Havana; pieces of tiles of old houses, keys, little chips of paint, hair clips, and so on. She found them during her walks through the city. Her walking tours enabled Mesa to re-experience the past through those residuals. The objects have been carefully positioned in transparent plastic envelopes shaped into a translucent wall. Thanks to the Jesús Villasante Collection, Belgium, it is possible to show this loan in The Netherlands.

It is for the first time that the work of Newsha Tavakolian (Iran, 1981) will be on show in The Netherlands. Tavakolian represents her unaccomplished infant dream of being a soloist singer. It is illegal for Iranian women to sing solo, they are only allowed to act as background singers. Her silent video Listen (2009-2010) aims to make us aware of the fact that in Iran it is only possible to listen to women voices dating from the time before the Iranian Revolution (1979). For Listen, Tavakolian staged in her studio a podium for six female singers who passionately interpreted their favorite song as soloists. Their facial expression shows the emotion, but the sound is missing in the video. Part of this work is the cd covers with the female singers’ portraits that Tavakolian made as if these were their debut albums. However, when opening the box, it turns out to be empty.