This Spring the Kunstfort welcomes the heaviest tree in the world: the Sequoiadendron giganteum. This Californian mammoth tree was brought to Europe in the 19th century, the same century in which Fort bij Vijfhuizen was built as part of an iconic defense plan, and also the century in which photography was invented. Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky (Switzerland, 1980) takes this as her starting point for the exhibition Sequoia Grove.
The monumental “genieloods” shack, originally intended for cannonry storage, is inhabited by nature. A constellation of tropical fruits, trees, grains, plants and blades colonizes the art space. But whether these plants and fruits are really there remains a question: the artist exposed the fruits on cloths, pressed the grains into plaster and transferred the grass to paper. No manipulation was involved. Amidst the highly artificial “polder” landscape the clear blue cyanotypes and mesmerizing lines represent nature as it is perfect in itself.
You are cordially invited to the festive opening on Sunday April 8th, 15.00. Opening speech 15.30 followed by drinks and music.
Finissage: Sunday, July 1st with artist talks and performances around Sequoia Grove and Ancient Workers, the exhibition of Catherine Biocca in the fortress.
Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen is supported by the Municipality of Haarlemmermeer and the Mondriaan Fund.