Video installation, loop, 2019

On each of Weevers’ panels we see a child, an infant, in a short loop. It is naked and vulnerable.

The three panels are perfectly and poignantly connected by the moving song of a young woman.

Music: David Dramm

Words from Dr. Joost de Wal

Art historian Guest curator, and final image editor, translator, publicist and consultant in the field of modern art

“Arent Weevers’ media art embraces the big themes: mankind, existence, religion and spirituality. His fascinating and powerful installations are pervaded by a deep physical mysticism. Using minimal means and slow-motion images, often in black-and-white and shot close to the skin, he suggests the shortcomings of mankind in the light of hope and redemption.

Triptych is what its name suggests. Within the context of our western culture and history it inevitably refers to the Christian retable. A retable, positioned on the altar with its panels open on feast days, usually shows depictions of the life and suffering of Jesus and sometimes even his birth.

On each of Weevers’ panels we see a child, an infant, in a short loop. It is naked and vulnerable. Its uncontrolled movements seem to be governed by some kind of higher choreography. A gesture of sadness and abandonment suddenly becomes a gesture of blessing. Reaching out for comfort becomes a gesture of surrender. Its childlike expression shows wondrous gradations of seeing, not seeing and seeing inwardly.

The three panels are perfectly and poignantly connected by the moving song of a young woman. But what is she singing? Is it a lullaby or an elegy? A world of different meanings is revealed.

Weevers has derived the images for Triptych from his earlier works, such as Embrace Me (2012) and Ecce Homo (2015). In the new work, however, completely new physical experiences and insights come into being. Without any effort we recognise ourselves – who we were, who we are. Cherished by the light, carried by the darkness. Innocent, fragile and longing. Appearing and then disappearing.”

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Is exhibited at:

  • LOOP Barcelona – Fair 2019, Premiere, Almanac Barcelona, November 19 – 21, 2019