Roi Alter's (IL, 1980) artistic work emanates from a critical observation upon western society and its contemporary modus operandi. With human history being conceived as nothing but the "register of the crimes follies and misfortunes of mankind" as Voltaire had put it, Alter attempts to act in as remote manner as possible from what he identifies as the prevailing elements of that modus operandi. And so, through a process of via negativa, Alter tries to crystalize artworks that function as an introspective mechanism exposing the ever-reoccurring collapse of human rationale and integrity.
Robert Glas (NL, 1986) is a visual artist, living and working in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. His practice is an ongoing investigation into the relation between the body and the state. The emphasis lies on the constructs States deploy to decide over the status of a body (refugee, citizen, tourist, stateless) and how they link this status to the physical body to control its movement over the territory. Using a variety of media Glas deals with constructs such as asylum legislation, passports, detention centers, naturalization ceremonies and deportation facilities, not only to reflect on the matter, but moreover to intervene and enforce change.
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