Ehsan Ul Haq
and also: Maartje Wortel
What you need for a crisis:
1. A substantial threat.
2. The element of surprise.
3. Quick decision time.
4. The will to change. Otherwise, it is just another fatal incident.
We believe that we can define a crisis, that it is a whole that can be broken down into piecemeal parts. But, perhaps we are overlooking one or more points.
5. The failure of a dream.
Some people say — for those who understand the difference — that there is more desire for pain than for love. When thing are going too well for a nation, I read in a book about climate change, people commit suicide en masse. Even after that, a person wants to defuse the crisis. I know someone who committed suicide. Her bicycle was parked neatly along the railway line. In the bicycle bag was a note that said: No red memorial card.
6. And then wake up.
In the group exhibition Never Let a Good Crisis Go to Waste, four artists show how they turn a crisis into their work. The exhibition arose from a personal and universal crisis of the director who was forced to cancel a planned exhibition, all whilst dealing with a leaking roof, a heat wave, and a heart that could not be tamed. She herself would later declare that it did not matter. After all, art exceeds the individual. With that said, what use is the group to us?
Let's keep it this way. A crisis also exists because:
7. Everything matters.
8. We must not forget the vicious circle.
9. We forget anyway.
Written by Maartje Wortel.
This exhibition is made possible by the Municipality of Amsterdam, Mondriaan Fund, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds and AFK.