Positions: Elsewheres

Location: Stroom, Hogewal 1-9, The Hague
When: 25 February - 2 July 2023
Open: Wednesday - Sunday, 12:00-17:00
+ during Hoogtij on 10 March and 26 May, 20:00-23:00

Closed: Ascension Day (Thursday 18 May), Pentecost Sunday (28 May) 

Public program Positions: Elsewheres
A series of events and guided tours on 10 March, 15 March, 17 April , 13 May en 26 May and 2 July 2023. >> More information

This spring Stroom presents the work of 5 international artists based in The Hague. In this edition of Positions - Elsewheres  - the artists Andrius Arutiunian, Louis Braddock Clarke & Zuzanna Zgierska, Iliada Charalambous, Anastastija (Nastija) Kiake, and Narges Mohammadi present new and recent work. They show works that are connected to the here and now in the city, but at the same time relate to "elsewheres". Those places can be community centers, national borders or even outer space. Starting point for the artists is The Hague; the city that, as an (inter)national center of power and authority, derives its identity largely from its relationship to other places.
Andrius Arutiunian examines specific algorithms based on facial micro-expression used in EU border surveillance; Louis Braddock-Clarke and Zuzanna Zgierska auction off slices of a reproduced meteorite, questioning the appropriation of materials from space; Iliada Charalambous, on the basis of numerous conversations with neighbors, proposes a way for local communities to organize themselves; Narges Mohammadi, with her sculpture, presents a proposal for a monument to the changing character of The Hague's working-class neighborhoods; and Anastastastija (Nastija) Kiake has researched addresses of arms dealers in The Hague to question the "militarization" of the Dutch landscape.

With the works, the artists question the definition of "the public domain". They highlight processes and systems that may be hiding in plain sight. In doing so, they reflect on issues both national and international. They invite the audience to examine their own position towards these current issues.

Audio files
Stroom offers a spoken version of the texts accompanying the  exhibition: >> listen here

Libary window
During the exhibition period, our library window highlights a selection of books that provide depth and context to the presentation of one or more participants.
Part 1: focus on themes suggested by Iliada Charalambous and Narges Mohammadi. >> check the list of books

>> andriusarutiunian.com
>> louisbraddockclarke.co.uk
>> iliadacharalambous.net
>> anastasijakiake.com
>> nargesmohammadi.com
Positions Program
Positions offers a stage for talent from The Hague. With this program line, Stroom presents new and existing work by visual artists from The Hague, thus showing the great diversity of their practice. Besides exhibitions, there is also room for artistic research, experimental presentations, lectures, performances and other activities.

The exhibition Positions: Elsewheres, which is accompanied by a series of events and guided tours, is made possible with the support of the City of The Hague.

De Witte Raaf, May-June 2023
Positions: Elsewheres

Jegens en Tevens, 24 April 2023
Death by landscape - insights on welding new worlds

Mister Motley, 6 April 2023Haagse kunstenaars met elsewheres - naar Stroom met Haider Mukhit

chmkoome's blog, 2 April 2023
Positions: Elsewheres

Positions: Elsewheres
photo: design: Mary Ponomareva
Louis Braddock Clarke & Zuza Zgierska, 'Meteorite 82149', installation at Stroom, 2023
photo: Dana LaMonda, courtesy Stroom Den Haag
Andrius Arutiunian, 'The Irresistible Powers of Silent Talking' installation at Stroom, 2023
photo: Naomi Moonlion, courtesy Stroom Den Haag
Iliada Charalambous, 'Commoning (un)Common Ground', installation at Stroom, 2023
photo: Naomi Moonlion, courtesy Stroom Den Haag
Anastastija (Nastija) Kiake, 'Dutch Landscape', installation at Stroom, 2023
photo: Naomi Moonlion, courtesy Stroom Den Haag
Narges Mohammadi, 'Concrete Exchange', installation at Stroom, 2023
photo: Naomi Moonlion, courtesy Stroom Den Haag
Positions: Elsewheres
photo: design: Mary Ponomareva