exhibition commissions from martin and inge riebeek and pietsjanke fokkema in the museum of friesland

From 4 November to 31 December 2017, the Museum of Friesland will present the results of two commissions in the exhibition Acquisitions: the museum as patron. The museum will exhibit new work by Martin and Inge Riebeek, who made short films around the world based on essential life experiences. In her installation with over 150 drawings, her Frisian family and background are among the topics pietsjanke fokkema reflects upon.

Commissioned by the Museum of Friesland, the Riebeek artist duo filmed personal portraits of Frisians. pietjanke fokkema also made work with a Frisian theme. The Museum of Friesland has acquired the videos and installation. This autumn they will be displayed in the Acquisitions exhibition.

personal video portraits

Martin and Inge Riebeek have been collecting stories from people all over the world for a decade for their ongoing video project The Essentials. In recent years they have been asking people what they regard as essential for them in life. Hundreds of people from eighteen countries have shared their answers with the artist duo. This time the Museum of Friesland commissioned Martin and Inge Riebeek to direct their lens at Frisians. Fifteen penetrating portraits show the personal experience of freedom and community. Although everyone's story is unique, when comparing the Frisian portraits to their international counterparts the similarities become clear.

drawings about friesland

pietsjanke fokkema was asked to make an installation for the museum. The installation UTWRYDSK (‘EXCEPTIONAL’) consists of more than 150 drawings, a booklet and spatial works. The centrepiece of the exhibition is the work Mem is yn't ljocht, in which she pauses to reflect on the death of her mother. Her childhood in Friesland is also re-examined. The artist determined the order of the work herself, so that personal visual narratives are created that are sometimes traceable and sometimes suggest entirely new meanings.