A performative video installation offers the viewer a psychological experience, a ten-meter-long drawing and a series of printed photos with short accompanying texts. The work represents the outcome of a one-and-a-half-year intensive creative, experimental and therapeutic collaboration with Mosab Anzo, a refugee painter from Syria. It reflects the dynamics between the three of us during work in the studio, travels back in time to Mosab Anzo’s Syrian history, visits to various asylum centers in the Netherlands, and encounters family members, friends and colleagues, including a long conversation with Hilde de Bruijn, senior curator of the Cobra Museum. With this project we examine aesthetic, thematic and mental aspects of war, trauma, detachment and integration.

MG&M Collective video, installation, painting, drawing, photography. Exhibited at Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam, Onomatopee, Eindhoven. Made possible with the generous support of: O&O CBK R’dam, VSB Fund, Mondriaan Fund.

MG&M Collective, Not a Clue about Tomorrow, 2016-2017, full HD Video, 25’ (excerpt 6’)

mgm02.jpgMG&M Collective, Not A Clue About Tomorrow, 2016-2017 Video installation: full HD video, wall mirror and seats, photo Gert Jan van Rooi

mgm03.jpgMG&M Collective, Home Sweet Home, 2017, performance, Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam, photo Amerens Hedwich

mgm04.jpgMG&M Collective, Home is Where You Fit, 2017, exhibition view Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam, photo Gert Jan van Rooi

mgm05.jpgMG&M Collective, Future Perfect, 2017, drawing on paper, 150x1000 cm, detail

mgm06.jpgMG&M Collective, Home is Where You Fit, 2017, exhibition view Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam, photo Gert Jan van Rooi

mgm07.jpgMG&M Collective, Ideas Are Rain Clouds #3, 2016–2017, series of 10 posters each in edition of 100, offset print, 70x 50 cm

mgm08.jpgGil & Moti, Sketch for Social Intervention With Refugees, 2015, Watercolour on paper 26x 36 cm, photo Gert Jan van Rooi

mgm09.jpgGil & Moti, The Way You Smile, 2015-2017, Aluminum, glass, garments, original certificate, full HD video, 2’15”, 100x 50x 50 cm, photo Gert Jan van Rooi 

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