Ruti Sela

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8 February - 29 March 2015

Opening: Sunday 8 February, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. with an address by Joshua Simon, director of Museums of Bat Yam

*The exhibition can be visited from February 7

By means of video documentation and through intense personal involvement in various real-life situations, Ruti Sela investigates issues with authority, sexuality and nationality in front of and through the possession of a handheld video camera. With this strategy, she explores the complexities of power in human relations. In her work the camera is both a recording device to document these relations as well as a commanding instrument that mediates individual struggles for recognition and domination. The exhibition, the first retrospective of Sela’s work, is produced in collaboration with Museums of Bat Yam (MoBY) in Israel. The Exterritory Project will be discussed in an annex to the exhibition. This ongoing project was initiated by Sela in collaboration with Maayan Amir in the form of an alternative platform for artistic exchange outside the confines of nation-states. The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam will host a symposium on extraterritoriality on 15 March 2015.


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Zachary Formwalt - Three Exchanges

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27 November 2014 - 25 January 2015

Opening: Thursday 27 November, 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam presents the solo exhibition Zachary Formwalt –Three Exchanges. In three recent video installations, Zachary Formwalt focuses on the architecture of the new OMA-designed Shenzhen Stock Exchange, and the Amsterdam stock and commodities exchange designed at the end of the nineteenth century by the socialist architect, H.P. Berlage. The three installations dig into a fundamental issue surrounding financial trade: whereas financial transactions seem to dictate our economy and thus their effects can be felt everywhere, the activity of trading itself has become increasingly remote, unavailable for any kind of actual human encounter. The architecture of the stock exchanges serves as a starting point to a profound investigation into the limitations of photography to represent capital and into the interrelationships between financial capitalism and image making.

Zachary Formwalt –Three Exchanges in SMBA is the third exhibition in the series of the Stedelijk Museum’s Global Collaborations programme. The exhibition will travel to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade in January 2015.
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Lecture by Joshua Simon, director of Museums of Bat Yam
in the future - 08/02/2015

Sunday 8 February 2015

Location: SMBA
Time: 4:00 p.m.

In his opening talk at SMBA, Joshua Simon will position Sela’s works against neoliberal optics, which combines abuse and entertainment, terror and pornography, selfies and closed circuit television, global positioning systems and aggregated movement control. Simon will elucidate why Sela’s films offer a groundbreaking visual ethics, by making use of masquerade, role playing and even deceit to bring forth sincerity, integrity, truth and courage, under these aesthetic conditions of leisure and surveillance.

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