#35 The Essential

Speaking: Martin and Inge Riebeek

Martin and Inge Riebeek. photo Sanne Donders

The Breda artists Martin and Inge Riebeek are in the spotlight this year, because they have been working on the series The Essential for 10 years and have published a book with the same title. In ten years, they shot more than 600 video portraits in 23 different countries. Earlier this year their solo exhibition ‘Save me from this cold’ was on view at Stedelijk Museum Breda. In the solo exhibition at Pennings Foundation, which started at the end of August, the emphasis is on video portraits of performers. The title All the World is a Stage refers to a Shakespearean line of poetry. The exhibition is on show until December 5, 2020.

The central question that Martin and Inge Riebeek ask is: “What, to you, is the essence of life?'' In All the World is a Stage video portraits with street performances of a poet, an actress, a dancer, two singers and a freak show artist are shown in installations. When asked what their motto is, they give a surprising and often philosophical answer.