Saturday 12 November 2022

NO ACCESS - Viewmaster Projects

NO ACCESS invites to access the cold reality of migration

Once in a while you visit an exhibition that really has an impact on your experience. NO ACCESS is one of those embodied encounters that gives you shivers but at the same time has a heartwarming effect because of the humanity that the makers involved look for in their work and the people you meet in their  works. Projected on various walls, in the chilly maze of a former NATO headquarters, you are confronted with the horrific reality of migration. It can't leave you cold, at least I hope it does not.
The context and placement of the works has been placed very carefully and cleverly. In fact, it should have a permanent place for many people to see, and that we continue to remind ourselves that humanity should be a blessing to pursue. In these times of polarization, the ever-growing hatred towards 'the other' we must not lose each other and continue to meet in ease and discomfort.
Migration is inherent to human development and will only increase as climate change makes parts of the world unlivable. Unfortunately, also because the wars continue.
I can't deny that NO ACCESS has touched me through the personal experience of migration, therefore also extra confrontational to see that nothing seems to have improved in how we deal with migrants.

NO ACCESS is an onpoint immersive exhibition and a selection of 21 works by socially-engaged contemporary video artists and filmmakers. The exhibition contains various works, interactive media installations, short films and animations about border control and migration.

The initiator, Viewmaster Projects staged these 21 works in the Cannerberg, a former secret underground NATO headquarters, now completely gutted, in an old marl quarry just south of Maastricht.

“This location’s disorienting eeriness reinforces the already potent significance of the projections. The Cannerberg is a cold, damp and dark tunnel system. Marl, reinforced concrete, bricks and thick steel doors are reminders of the Cold War, during which this bunker complex helped guard the eastern border of what was then Western Europe.”

From 16 September to 13 November 2022, part of the system of corridors are open to visitors for NO ACCESS.

Hans Op de Beeck (BE), Josh Begley (US), Sylvain George (FR), Tina Farifteh (IR/NL), Forensic Architecture & Forensic Oceanography (GB), Anita Groener (NL/IE), Mohamad Hafeda (LB), Laura Huygen (NL), Adrian Melis (CU), Yoshua Okón (MX), Adrian Paci (AL), Osman Taheri (AF/NL), Marieke van der Velden en Philip Brink (NL), Sam Yazdanpanna (NL), Cigdem Yuksel (NL), Mark Wallinger (GB).


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