Spirits of the Soil overview



Preface Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen

curator | Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

"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."


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Paintings


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





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






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








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







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







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

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


"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."


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Collages




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