All images above are works being shown at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, May 6 - July 27, 2009
Silent, looped films are the focus of each installation, which often include a structure specifically built to display Mik’s moving images. In these films the artist implies current societal issues, from economic crises and immigration struggles to parliamentary clashes and outright warfare. Although Mik’s films appear to document actual events, the scenes are often fully staged by the artist, challenging viewers’ systems of belief and interrogating basic cinematic concepts of narrative and realism. As incidents unfold in silence, very little becomes clear. No characters are introduced, no plots develop, and no boundaries are defined, making it difficult to interpret the content and context of each circumstance.
“Aernout Mik is an artist who exemplifies the fluidity of boundaries. With his moving-image installations, Mik creates a kinesthetic relationship between the installation and viewer, who immediately absorbs the geography of the piece, the curious nature of the structure itself, and the compelling images that occupy the volume Mik has created.”
Laurence Kardish Senior Curator, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art.
Aernout Mik was born in 1962 in Groningen in the Netherlands and now lives and works in Amsterdam. His film installations have been a regular feature in international solo and group exhibitions for over 15 years, and are also represented in numerous public collections. His key exhibitions over the last few years have included solo shows at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 2002, in the Ludwig Museum, Cologne, 2004, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, 2005, Kunstverein Hannover, 2007 and Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin, 2007. In 2007 he also represented the Netherlands at the Biennale in Venice. The Museum of Modern Art in New York is showing an extensive solo show, May 6 - July 27, 2009.