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#31 History as a medium

Speaking: Risk Hazekamp

It all started with a fairytale about the Olympics in 1968. Installation in the exhibition of Risk Hazekamp in 2018

In 2018 Galerie Pennings moved from a space of 100 m² to a space of 700 m². Not every artist has the intention to fill such a large space with a solo exhibition or is able to do so. Risk Hazekamp did. During the holiday closure of Gallery Pennings in the summer of 2018, Risk spent several weeks in the gallery as a kind of artist-in-residence to realize the exhibition 'Social Dissolution of the West'.

In September-October 2018, Risk Hazekamp had a large solo exhibition in, at that time, Galerie Pennings. Since Risk teaches at AKV|St.Joost, there was only time during the holiday period to build up the exhibition. That turned out to be possible. The gallery was closed in August. As a kind of artist-in-residence (the first one!), Risk lived and worked for weeks in the new space of Galerie Pennings. "That was something unique. You don’t often get such an opportunity."

At the opening Edo Dijksterhuis (l) interviewed Risk Hazekamp (r). photo Uwe Schwarze

Years ago Risk Hazekamp had met Harry Pennings at Paris Photo. Contact with the gallery will have been through Wiesje Peels (see blog 19) or Theo Derksen (see blog 15). From 2010 to 2014, Risk taught at the Academie Beeldende Kunsten Maastricht, in the photography and audiovisual design department where Theo Derksen worked as a coordinator at the time. Once there were portfolio reviews, Risk got to know Petra Cardinaal when asked by Theo Derksen as a reviewer.

“I immediately had a click with Petra. She is nice! Whether you're on the same level of understanding is more important than just a good place to exhibit. Sometimes someone is recommended and then you can’t get along with that person.”

Risk Hazekamp became well known for photography with a gender theme. That was successful, but Risk wanted to do something else. Petra was in contact several times and Petra also visited Risk's studio in The Hague. There the research results of a three-month stay in Mexico City in 2013 was shown, which was to be a major project. Petra selected artists-photographers for the first exhibition PREVIEW in the new building, people she wanted to work with in the coming years and who would get a solo exhibition after PREVIEW.

Archive and letter mentioning the bloody repression of the student uprising. photo Risk Hazekamp

During PREVIEW, from mid-April to late May 2018, Risk showed a black and white photo of an archive in Mexico City. The photo itself did not reveal anything. That made me curious about the big project. In a video shot during PREVIEW, Risk says: "What fascinates me is how it is that we accept images so easily and at the same time we do not in any way train children to think about what images actually tell us."

Cyanotype on canvas of a female jumper. On the left a falling athlete who you could also interpret as a shot student within in the