The weight of the ground 2

Surrounded by chain stores, the Muntplein is a square that we cross more than we inhabit, dislocating our thoughts far from that seemingly generic place. But streams of economic, cultural, and domestic influences circulate above a paving that covers a car park, constructed on a dried-out swamp, forming a reality too dense to even fit in a good sentence.

Naïmé Perrette reconsiders her feeling of disembodiment with the Muntplein through the materialization of these invisible streams. She creates both a video and a floor piece, connecting the swamps that the Muntplein is built on—or even represses—with the engineered lands of Miami and artificial islands of the Netherlands. With her visual floor, Perrette aims to activate an experience of what is below us. How do we relate to something we don’t see? How do we dig under generic signs to learn from the specificities of a site? Perrette explores the complexity of the Muntplein’s composition, in terms of the history of the land and the convergence of disconnected streams.

the weight of the ground 2 is part of the ongoing interventions which take place from Oct 9 till Oct 13 2018 in the framework of the new local.

Naïmé Perrette

Across video, animation, collage, and installation, Naïmé Perrette (b. 1989, France) creates multilayered spaces to cluster subjectivities in relation to social values and their representations. Her current research looks at the establishment of new ecosystems, natural phenomena, territorial representations, and the interferences between them.
She holds a master’s in animation cinema from Arts Décoratifs de Paris and was a resident at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. Her films, installations, and photographic assemblages have been shown internationally at various institutions, including Eye (Amsterdam), STUK (Leuven), Mohsen Gallery (Tehran), Slate Projects (London), La Gaîté Lyrique (Paris), HKW (Berlin), and Merdar Art Centre (Cairo). Her work has been recognized with the Mondriaan Fund’s Stipendium for Emerging Artists. Her solo exhibitions include Exploded Views at A Juan Project (Amsterdam) and The Weight of the Ground at Cunst-link (Brussels). She co-curates La Part Mortelle, a performative exhibition built around a car ride.