Residency: Blue Skies Forever
19/02 > 4/03/2018 – Studio

The buren collective interprets two characters from Ever Is Over All, a 1997 video work by Pipilotti Rist in which a carefree woman in blue dress smashes car windows while a passing policewoman nods in approval. Dorothy, based on the character from The Wizard of Oz, is the representation of femininity, and Officer represents law enforcement. Moving between fantasy and cliché, buren shows different representations of these female archetypes in pop culture, media, and film. They investigate what is generated by a costume and how action and voice influence the interpretation of a character.

buren is a collective initiated by Oshin Albrecht and Melissa Mabesoone.

Oshin Albrecht studied visual arts at Luca School of Arts in Ghent and at a.pass in Brussels. She performed in All the Knives in Z33 and in the film The Way of Making by Frederique Bergholz and Maria Pask. In 2017, she performed Rana Hamadeh’s script The Ten Murders of Josephine during Contour8, together with Melissa Mabesoone.

After an introduction in philosophy at the University of Ghent, Melissa Mabesoone studied visual arts at KASK School of Arts in Ghent. She worked for Kunstverein Amsterdam and performed for Davis Freeman, Assaf Gruber and Dora Garcia. She collaborated with Peter Aers on Everything Depends on How a Thing is Thought.

buren’s collective practice started in 2012 and consists of performances, video, installations, prints, objects and film. Their work is presented in museums and galleries (Tatjana Pieters, Galery Am Polylog, Arti et Amicitiea, Z33, Netwerk Aalst) as well as in music venues, art fairs, private homes and spaces for literature (Les Ateliers Claus, Casco, Greylight Projects, POPPOSITIONS, KOMPLOT, Perdu Amsterdam, Gouverneurswoning Gent). Oshin and Melissa participated in several long residencies, such as Les Laboréales (Buda, Manège Mons, La Bellone) and BijlmAir in Amsterdam (Stedelijk Museum Bureau, CBK Zuidoost, Stichting Flat), and had shorter work periods at Bains Connective, Netwerk Aalst, Vooruit, CAMPO, wpZimmer and STUK. In 2016 buren started a postgraduate at HISK in Ghent. With Peter Aers the duo developed the salon To Care as Caress at Vrijstaat O. and with Frank&Robbert/Robbert&Frank they created the exhibition The Pursuit of the Gentlemen’s Gentlemen at Croxhapox. In April 2017 buren presented their book Confusion of Tongues, edited by Posture Editions and created in collaboration with Koen Brams.

Concept and performance: Oshin Albrecht and Melissa Mabesoone


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