The Materiality of the Invisible
The observation that contemporary art has parallels with archaeology came out of the NEARCH (New Scenarios for a Community-involved Archaeology) project now being held at Van Eyck and Bureau Europe from 30 August to 29 October 2017, and from 30 August to 26 November at the Marres in Maastricht.
Contemporary artists inevitably scrutinise and put aspects of our social and political reality to the test. Art can serve as a tool for uncovering what is concealed and through its work penetrate to other times. Like archaeologists, artists can make the invisible visible. The NEARCH project deals with the role of archaeology in a fundamentally changing social environment. In this process, the project reveals and highlights social aspects of archaeology while examining its potential in its crossovers with art.
Within the framework of the project, six international artists were selected to work with two archaeologists each. This enabled a dialogue between the two disciplines, which otherwise seldom happens. The results of this collaborative process are showcased together with the work of yet another 24 artists. The exhibition will be shown at all three locations of the participating organisations.