Ocean liners and cruise ships dock with an intricate mix of commerce, national concerns and leisure. Travelling various distances, temporarily anchoring in fixed places, the liner is a form of transportation that throughout its life has delivered many items and concepts; from fashion to war, weapons to dances, migration to tourism.
Taking this as a starting position, the exhibition handle to door, half-bittersweet brings together the performative and material-based practices of Raluca Croitoru and Dan Fogarty.
The handle to door, half-bittersweet is developed with and at Yellow Brick with the kind support of European Cultural Foundation and CBK’R DAM.
Dan Fogarty from Derbyshire, is an artist who works across sculpture, jewellery and various print techniques. His practice is preoccupied with local aesthetics and the role of popular forms of expression. Based between Manchester and Rotterdam, Dan is an Associate Artist of Liverpool Biennial. Recent projects include We are where we are, Baltic 39, Newcastle, UK, Cards, Saddle up for Days, ONONO, Rotterdam, NL and SPRINGWATCH: A single work show on new-decorationalism, Liverpool Biennial, UK.
Raluca Croitoru is a Romanian visual artist and performer based between Bucharest and Rotterdam who holds an ongoing interest in systems of exchange, social choreographies and knowledge hierarchies. Her works play with the politics of representation, abstraction and embodiment. Raluca’s most recent works have been performed or displayed at Art Encounters Biennial (RO), 13 Biennial of Media Arts Chile (CL), Playground Performance Festival (BE), FRANK Gallery Malmö (SE), W139 Amsterdam, Tent Rotterdam and Showroom MAMA (NL). Together with three other Rotterdam-based artists, Raluca and Dan run ONONO, a project space that programs screenings, exhibitions, residences, performances and gigs.