Exhibition program

The Promise of Ruin(s)

Chapter one : Parasites of the Imaginary

18.12.21 - 20.03.22

With works by Minsook Kang, Martha Rosler and Eva Pel.

The Balcony is glad to introduce The Promise of Ruin(s). The program, set to unfold throughout the coming year tackles the concept of ruin(s)—both as a material relic and as an intangible construction of the mind—giving space to overlapping proposals and temporalities.

Ruins surround us, from the frivolous consumption of global tourism, to the remnants of the industrial revolution. Remains define growth, our past and a possible future. From the debris of history, ruins whisper the future into our ears. The overlaps between labor and leisure are topics that run through our upcoming program and this exhibition in particular.

The Christmas Trees Project II, Minsook Kang

Minsook Kang is an emerging South Korean artist based in The Hague, NL. Her practice looks at how capitalism focuses on producing, selling and efficiently discarding. Consumption is all about speed and functionality, whereas Minsook’s practice is all about care, nurturing and slow-paced displacement. In her work titled the Christmas Tree project, she undertakes to save as many discarded trees as she could, before replanting them on an undisclosed island. The exhibition at The Balcony will be accompanied by an excursion to the trees she originally replanted in 2018.

Martha Rosler constructs incisive social and political analyses of the myths and realities of contemporary cul-ture. Articulated with deadpan wit, Rosler’s video works investigate how socioeconomic realities and political ide-ologies dominate ordinary life. Presenting astute critical analyses in accessible forms, Rosler’s inquiries range from questions of public space to issues of war, women’s experiences, and media information. At The Balcony, Martha Rosler kindly presents three Super-8 films, early video works in the artists’ career.

At first sight the delivery boxes look similar to disposable cardboard packages. Yet from close-up they are the product, to be kept instead of disposed. Pel’s work questions the impact of online shopping, seemingly immaterial, on our urban landscapes. The effects of high-speed delivery services and the relation to international airport hubs constitute the focus of her practice Eva Pel is a visual artist based in Amsterdam. Pel’s work has dealt with the role of power and control in contem-porary society and has taken many different forms, from sculptural interventions to photographic research and publications.

Flower Fields – Super-8 Shorts, Martha Rosler

Read more about the artists in the exhibition’s press release.
The exhibition is curated by Arthur Cordier and Valentino Russo as part of The Balcony’s program.