Aernout Mik

Aernout Mik

BAK, basis voor actuele kunst

Aernout Mik, “Scapegoats“, 2006, image from the set, photo: Florian Braun, courtesy galerie carlier | gebauer, Berlin

September 29, 2006

Aernout Mik
Raw Footage/Scapegoats

1 Oct – 24 Dec 2006

opening: 30 Sept. 2006 at 17.00 hrs

accompanying program
Tuesday 31 October 2006 at 20.00 hrs

Lecture by Ralph Rugoff on the work of Aernout Mik.

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BAK, basis voor actuele kunst presents the solo exhibition Raw Footage/Scapegoats by Dutch artist Aernout Mik. Raw Footage/Scapegoats is a two-part project on the experience and depiction of war, and how normality and extremity are interwoven in wartime situations.

In Raw Footage, a two-channel video installation, Mik works with documentary footage for the first time. The installation is made of raw, unedited images of the war in former Yugoslavia, which the artist unearthed after searching for months in the media archives of Reuters and Independent Television News (ITN). In search of other layers of reality, Mik focuses his attention on the war in former Yugoslavia with the aim of subverting the superficial, yet paradoxically spectacular imagery of war we know from mass media. The video installation Scapegoats, on the other hand, is a fiction staged by the artist questioning the contemporary condition in which waging war is a devastating yet ever present feature. The video seems to show a wartime conflict taking place in Western Europe. Groups of soldiers, prisoners, and armed civilians are involved in a continuous power struggle, in which the role of victim and oppressor constantly shifts. Raw Footage/Scapegoats is produced by the artist and BAK, basis voor actuele kunst. The project and exhibition are the outcome of a long-term collaboration with the artist.
Raw Footage/Scapegoats is realized in partnership with Treaty of Utrecht and is presented within the framework of its multi-part project Kunst in Oorlog ( ). Additional support has been generously provided by the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture, Mondriaan Foundation, and ThuisKopie Fonds.
Aernout Mik (born 1962 in Groningen, lives and works in Amsterdam) presented his work recently in Universal Studios-beijing, Beijng, 2006; Centraal Museum, Utrecht, 2006; Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 2006; Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, 2006; and New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, 2005.

opening hours:
WednesdaySaturday 12.0017.00 hrs
Sunday 13.0017.00 hrs

accompanying program

Tuesday 31 October 2006 at 20.00 hrs
Ralph Rugoff, curator, writer, and director of the Hayward Gallery in London gives a lecture on the work of Aernout Mik. The artist will be present.
Language: English. Reservations are recommended, t: 31 (0)30 2316125 or e:

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