Speak, Memory

12 December 2010 thru 20 February 2011
Opening: Saturday 11 December 2010, 5 pm at Stroom Den Haag. Preceded at 4 pm by screening 'Massage the History' and 'BB' by Cameron Jamie in Filmhuis Den Haag, Spui 191.

Location: Hogewal 1-9, The Hague
Open: Wednesday thru Sunday, 12 noon - 5pm
(closed on December 25 and January 1)
Photos of the opening: click here
Photos of installation in progress: click here.

Side program
Guided tours, studio visits, lectures.
More info click here.

February 20, 2011 at 3 pm
Finissage + guided tour and launch new Premium publications

Speak, Memory*
is an international group exhibition on remembering, memory and the passage of time. The exhibition shows works in which the erosion of memory and the passing of time are explored in different ways. The starting point for Speak, Memory is the work of three artists - Leontine Lieffering, Sara Rajaei and Vittorio Roerade - who received 2009's high profile grant for individual artists: Stroom Premium. Their work is contextualized in an international discourse with works by Omer Fast**, Sara van der Heide, Anne Holtrop, Cameron Jamie, Andrew Lord and Rachel Whiteread.
* The title is derived from the memoirs of Vladimir Nabokov.

More information about the artists and their works:
Omer Fast
Sara van der Heide
Anne Holtrop
Cameron Jamie
Leontine Lieffering
Andrew Lord
Sara Rajaei
Vittorio Roerade
Rachel Whiteread

Stories deform when they are retold. Some people are said to cry when they taste or smell food from their childhood. Oliver Sacks has to ask people to wear nametags at his own birthday party because he can't remember faces. What one person might remember vividly can be completely gone and lost to another. Our memory works in mysterious ways and our images of the past are coloured, distorted and blurred by time and emotions. There are few things as fascinating and elusive as our memory. Personal stories, distorted memories, lost moments and old traditions, traces of buildings: these are the elements that connect the diverse works in this exhibition.

Cornelia Weijsenfeld, gb agency Paris, Galerie Diana Stigter Amsterdam, Filmhuis Den Haag, Gladstone Gallery New York, Luhring Augustine New York, Lullin+Ferrari Zürich, Galerie Ramakers.

Stroom Premium publicaties
Concurrently with 'Speak, Memory' new bilingual Stroom Premium publications on the work of Leontine Lieffering, Sara Rajaei and Vittorio Roerade will be released.

Stroom Premium
The Stroom Premium is a highly profiled grant given to individual artists on the basis of their current work and their importance in the art world of The Hague.

** Omer Fast, solo exhibition, 14 May thru 23 July 2011, Netherlands Media Art Institute (Amsterdam)

Omer Fast, Talk Show, video installation with three synchronized screens, 2009
photo: Rob Kollaard
Sara van der Heide, Museum, 2010
photo: Rob Kollaard
Anne Holtrop, Trail House, 2009
photo: Rob Kollaard (Stroom Den Haag)
Cameron Jamie, Massage the History, film still, 2007-2009
photo: courtesy Gladstone Gallery, New York
Leontine Lieffering, in zicht leggen, 2010
photo: Rob Kollaard (courtesy Stroom Den Haag)
Andrew Lord, two modeled skulls and base, the Bowery, August, 7 pm, 2007, ceramic
photo: © Andrew Lord, courtesy Gladstone Gallery, New York
Sara Rajaei, Shahrzad, 2009
photo: Rob Kollaard
Vittorio Roerade, Totem (tree of delights, 2010
photo: Rob Kollaard (Stroom Den Haag)
Rachel Whiteread, Untitled (Doorknob II), 1993/2003 + Untitled (On, Off), 2001
photo: Rob Kollaard (Stroom Den Haag)