Kevin Van Braak
Born in 1975 in Warnseveld, NL. Lives and works in Amsterdam.
Kevin van Braak’s work is set around politically and ideologically problematic issues. In recent years, he turned his attention to the visibility and invisibility of the display of power in buildings, people, location, and artefacts and how our historical consciousness functions in relation to the history behind it. He is particularly interested in reproducing, restoring and transforming ideological images and metaphors through sculptures, installations, events and performances. It makes it possible for him to touch political and ideological sensibilities, and in his most recent projects also a personal story, to explain the histories of buildings, objects and contexts. Time tends to change events and how hard we try to keep the facts, the written and visual materials that witnesses to these events, seem to be subject to transformation. Through imitation, restoration, adaptation and transformation of these relics, he tries to give their historical development and (former) ideologist features a voice through visualization and interpretation.
Among his recent solo shows Cacos, Shards, at the Galeria Quadrado Azul (Lisbon, Portugal, 2012) and History is made of different shades of grey, prometeogallery, (Milano, Italy, 2011). Selected group exhibitions include: Invisible Violence, Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade (Belgrade, 2014); Territory, Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, (Rotterdam, 2013); Between Form and Movements, Galleria Enrico Astuni (Bologna, 2012); The New Public, MUSEION – Museum für moderne und zeitgenössische Kunst (Bolzano, 2012); Towards A Warm Math, On Stellar Rays, New York City, (NY, 2012); Dove è la città? Where is the city?, Sun, (Firenze, 2011); Post-Monument, XIV International Sculpture Biennale of Carrara, (Carrara, 2010).