The Waiting Room
Installation containing several sculptures and found objects, dimensions variable, 2017
One of the main concerns of the work of Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen is an expanded research into history of portraiture and its relationship with theater. The work encompasses the vast range of human [facial] expressions and how over time certain gestures become associated with and also disassociated from not only emotions but also social positions and activities.
For their long-term performance at Utrecht train station, they worked with a group of actors that performed highly choreographed quotidian activities that almost go unnoticed in the location. However once the commuters noticed the movements and actions of the actors they became witness to a theater of the everyday that suddenly unweaved itself from the fabric of daily life. Taking place for half a year, this work further raised the question when does performance becomes labor and vice versa.
Currently, the duo continues their research into the archive of human gestures, but this time creating a repository of portable head busts that can match sculpted torsos in different positions. Here the sculptures become the performers and are activated in staged scenarios in the space and in relation to the audience. While actors almost become living sculptures, the sculptures, almost become persons, neither managing to completely cross over to the other. The thin membrane between life and death keeps them apart.
– Sohrab Mohebbi, text for catalogue RijksakademieOpen 2017