Home Is Where You Fit – MG&M Collective: August 27 – October 8

Home Is Where You Fit
MG&M Collective
Exhibition: August 27 – Oktober 8
Opening: August 27, 4 -6 pm
Debate: September 15, 5-7 pm

After an intense period of creative exchange between the artist duo Gil & Moti and Mosab Anzo, a Syrian artist who fled to the Netherlands, Nieuw Dakota will show the results of this daring experimental collaboration: MG&M Collective. MG&M Collective sheds light on complex questions about migration issues. The artists use art to arrive at more humane insights about displacement, war trauma and the human condition.

The exhibition will offer a varied perspective on the aesthetic, thematic and mental aspects of war, trauma, displacement and integration. The artists will show how art can have an accelerant role in integration and communication processes and how crucial creative collaborations are for the necessary healing process of wounds of people from war zones. MG&M Collective concerns engagement in the arts and reintroduces the urgency of activism and performance in the arts.

Gil  & Moti (1968 & 1971), were born in Israël and live and work in Rotterdam since 1998.They work together exclusively since 1998 and have been engaged in an on-going exploration of identity, the notion of individuality, and related social norms and forms. To be raised in a country in war, is reflected in artistic vision and positioning. With performances and small scale social interventions, they address important socio-political issues, such as discrimination, social exclusion and racism. As artists, a gay couple, immigrants and Jewish born (ex)Israelis, they have direct experience of such issues within their own personal lives. Gil and Moti see their lives as a social sculpture. They work in multiple disciplines, making use of various techniques, mediums and strategies. Their appearance invariably causes surprise and amusement, enabling them to raise the subject of identity and otherness in a way that is always subtle and playful, but no less serious. Their approach is based on a few simple rules: always to dress identically, to do everything together, and to own only one wallet, phone and set of keys between them.

Mosab Anzo (Syria, 1973) was born in Aleppo. After a fierce journey he arrived in the Netherlands in 2014 where he now lives and works in Rotterdam. Mosab Anzo is an abstract lyrical painter. He paints intuitively, with oil and acryl paint, often mixed with sand. He received an academic degree in fine arts from art academies in Damascus and Beirut. His work was exhibited in solo- and group shows and is part of collections in (a.o.) Dubai, Jordan, Beirut and Syria. When the war in Syria started, things changed dramatically; he had to leave behind his house and studio, his family, properties and network.

The video installation ‘Not a Clue About Tomorrow’ has a performative character and offers a psychological expierience to the viewer. The video reflects the dynamics between the three artists during their collaboration both in a literal and metaphorical manner. They go back in  time to Mosab Anzo’s Syrian past and to the several asylum centres he had been staying. And furthermore, to the encouter with familymembers, friends and collegues of Gil & Moti in the Netherlands. We see them at the Cobra Museum where they have a long conversation with senior curator Hilde de Bruijn. The video shows staged scenes and more spontaneous shots as well. The dialogues are about personal and universal topics approached in a serious and playful manner. By asking questions about the reason to flee,  moral dilemma’s are being raised.

In ‘Future Perfect’ the artists worked together in making a ten meters long drawing. Stepping outside their own comfort zones, they each used their own mental, visual and textual database to reinvent the past, the present day and the (utopian) future. How can three different pairs of hands and styles come together and depict one story?

‘Ideas Are Rain Clouds’
Every week MG&M Collective visited an exhibition in the Netherlands, alternately contemporary, classically and iconic exhibitions.  This cultural journey generated a series of photos accompanied by short texts. These texts and images offer an original view from the refugee on the exposed artworks.

“The feet that walk towards dreams do not know despair. The feet that walk on the ground want to go to heaven. Our feet always take us to our dreams.”

– Mosab Anzo, geïnspireerd door The Red Model (1934) van Rene Magritte

“Life does not allow you wherever you want. With the first dreams, life refers to this sign. War brings you ruin, disappointment and failure. Your life and dreams will be between two choices; The first option you dreamed about. The second option is what life has chosen for you. One of them told me one day that you will be in the middle of the hand. But you will be sitting on the middle finger.”

– Mosab Anzo, geïnspireerd by Boat by Morgan Betz

“When our lives find their place, it is difficult to end them at the same place. Colored circles form an embryo and then leave in different directions, to seek more oxygen and new challenges in a different world. So we leave our first homelands. I also left my city and my studio to start a new life. I do not know where in the world this trip will end, as with these colored cells on the wall.”

– Mosab Anzo, geïnspireerd by The Living Surface (2017) by Lizan Freijsen

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