This solo exhibition, the first by Ben Russell in the Netherlands, presents recent works that create utopias and dystopias using observation and sensation. Good Luck (2017) shows Russell’s vibrant, multi-sensory approach to ethnographic cinema in a fragmented physical space.
It offers a dynamic portrait of natural resource extraction in two different parts of the world, focusing on the faces, movements, and gestures of the men who do the backbreaking labor, and the sounds and colors of their working environment. The exhibition also features Russell’s short film Atlantis (2014). Shot in Malta, it unfolds in a series of staged and observational sequences, with references to Plato, science fiction, and Thomas More’s Utopia. Together, these works constellate an image of living dystopias and imagined utopias, and a constant search for real and imaginary change.
€5 (regular), €3 (students), free (under 18, museum card and press).
Image credits: BenRussel, GoodLuck, 2017, courtesey of de Appel amsterdam