POSITIONS #5 – Telling Untold Stories

For Positions #5, the Van Abbemuseum includes new and recent work by five artists living and working in the Netherlands.

Mounira Al Solh, My speciality was to make a peasants’ haircut, but they obliged me work till midnight often, 2015-ongoing. Courtesy the artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery Beirut / Hamburg

The artists in Positions #5 work with different forms of storytelling, witnessing and giving testimony. They do this in relation to forgotten, marginalised or silenced histories. These stories span nineteenth-century novels in Argentina, voices from the rivers of Cameroon or the 1969 uprisings in Curaçao. They range from deeply personal accounts to classified state documents. The stories the artist's work with are mediated through diverse and imaginative formats. Tapestries, embroidery, hand-crafted dolls and sound compositions can all be seen, heard and felt throughout the series of exhibitions. Taken together Positions #5: Telling Untold Stories invites visitors to experience and encounter stories in myriad ways.

With Mounira al Solh, Mercedes Azpilicueta, Anna Dasović, Em’kal Eyongakpa and Quinsy Gario.