'Flash Memory' by Jan Rosseel

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Flash Memory
by Jan Rosseel is on view at Flemish Arts Centre De Brakke Grond, Stroom Den Haag and Museum Dr. Guislain and is part of Jan Rosseel: Back-up, a co- production of these institutions. An exceptional exhibition process, involving Jan Rosseel creating new work which he then develops further over a period of a year and a half and then presents at three successive exhibitions, each one with a different focus.

De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam
10 December 2016 - 29 January 2017
(Focus - Media)
Museum Dr. Guislain, Gent
11 March - 28 May 2017
(Focus - Psyche)
Stroom Den Haag, The Hague
2 December 2017 - 18 February  2018
(Focus - Politics)

Flash Memory consists of oak boxes impenetrable to light that contain iconic images of historic events. Rosseel developed the images, but did not fixate the photographic paper and so the chemical process continues every time light hits it. One of the boxes is here at Stroom Den Haag, and needs to be slid open to see the image. By looking at the image it is affected, until it disappears in a black void. Every glance at the image simultaneously influences the photograph and memory; ultimately, only a select group of people will be able to view the images. In this way, our memory's reliability has been equated with that of the photographic image..

Flash Memory was co-funded by Stichting Stokroos, Mondriaan Fund and The Art of Impact.

'Flash Memory' by Jan Rosseel, 2016
photo: Jhoeko, courtesy Stroom Den Haag
'Flash Memory' by Jan Rosseel, 2016
photo: Jhoeko, courtesy Stroom Den Haag
'Flash Memory' by Jan Rosseel, 2016
photo: Jhoeko, courtesy Stroom Den Haag