Preface

Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen

When I first saw Van Haver’s paintings I was overwhelmed with a sense of pride in the Bijlmer. Her narrative and figurative style deeply impressed me, as did her choice of subjects reflecting empathy for people in marginal communities—in the Bijlmer and beyond, in the urban ghettos of Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. It was right there and then, in Van Haver’s Bijlmer studio in 2016, that I was struck by the idea of inviting her for an exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum.

curator | Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
 
 
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Change the rhythm of the dancehall… It’s still the Same groove | 2018 

 

265 x 320 x 30 cm | oil on burlap, hair, tar, chalk, gel, resin, homemade paint, ash, cigarettes, bottle caps, posters, paper, beads

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The eyes must be obeyed… One 1000 soldiers with one 1000 dices. 

When They start They make you No go anywhere… | 2018

 

226 x 260 x 12 cm | oil on burlap, hair, tar, chalk, gel, resin, homemade paint, ash, cigarettes, bottle caps, posters, paper, beads

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Reason for Being | 2018

 

220 x 304 x 17 cm | oil on burlap, hair, tar, chalk, gel, resin, homemade paint, ash, cigarettes, bottle caps, posters, paper, beads

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Dem smoke and blaze under Royal regime | 2018 

 

225 x 325 x 17 cm | oil on burlap, hair, tar, chalk, gel, resin, homemade paint, ash, cigarettes, bottle caps, posters, paper, beads

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Life never sweet like a Chocolate vanilla | 2018 

 

235 x 286 x 12 cm | oil on burlap, hair, tar, chalk, gel, resin, homemade paint, ash, cigarettes, bottle caps, posters, paper, plastic

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One drop.. Your heart might skip a beat for many reasons… | 2018 

 

260 x 310 x 12 cm | oil on burlap, hair, tar, chalk, gel, resin, homemade paint, ash, cigarettes, bottle caps, posters, paper, wood

Essay

Azu Nwagbogu

The best way to approach the monumental paintings featured in Spirits of the Soil, Raquel van Haver’s first solo exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum, is to submit without trepidation to what is an overwhelming sensory experience.

We do not sleep as we parade all through the Night...

 
 

A shrine of a deity: Mothers of the soil | 2018 

190 x 150 cm | diasec mounted print of photo collage

A shrine of a deity: See igbadun, Shine your eye | 2018 

190 x 150 cm | diasec mounted print of photo collage

A shrine of a deity: It’s a Mental hospital | 2018 

190 x 150 cm | diasec mounted print of photo collage

A shrine of a deity: L’enyin ise aye lo ku | 2018 

190 x 150 cm | diasec mounted print of photo collage

A shrine of a deity: Hurry, Hurry has no glory… The game is to have no fear | 2018 

190 x 150 cm | diasec mounted print of photo collage

A shrine of a deity: On the path of a King | 2018 

190 x 150 cm | diasec mounted print of photo collage

A shrine of a deity: Ire mi de | 2018 

190 x 150 cm | diasec mounted print of photo collage

A shrine of a deity: Purple Haze | 2018 

190 x 150 cm | diasec mounted print of photo collage

A shrine of a deity: Every house a palace | 2018 

190 x 150 cm | diasec mounted print of photo collage

Publication

Editor Raquel van Haver, Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen

Contributors Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen, Azu Nwagbogu

Translation Laura Schuster

Copy Editing Dutton Hauhart (EN), Steve Green (EN), Els Brinkman (NL)

Project Management Sophie Tates, Gwen Parry

Project Assistance Jip Mendes

Graphic Design Sara Mattens & Jeffrey Croese, Vinger.nl

Photography Wim Hanenberg pp. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, centrefold

Hans Wilschut pp. 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33

Printing Tuijtel, Hardinxveld-Giessendam

Print Run 1,000

© 2018 the artist; the photographers; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

ISBN 978-90-5006-204-6

 

Exhibition

 

Curator Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen

Project Manager Sophie Cramer

Project Officer Alein van der Staaij

Registrar Hadewych van Heugten

Floor Manager Luc Daamen, Mischa Rakier

STEDELIJK MUSEUM AMSTERDAM

www.stedelijk.nl

This catalog is published on the occasion of the exhibition Raquel van Haver – Spirits of the Soil Nov 25, 2018 – Apr 7, 2019 | Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

 

The exhibition Raquel van Haver – Spirits of the Soil is generously supported by Ammodo, the AFK (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts) and Stadsdeel Zuidoost. The Mondriaan Fund contributed to the production of new works through the Project Grants for Artists and to the artist’s wage through the Experimental Regulations. The exhibition is part of the 50 Jaar Bijlmer manifestation, with support from CBK Zuidoost.