For Unseen 2022 Dürst Britt & Mayhew is proud to present a duo exhibition by Marwan Bassiouni and Lennart Lahuis.
Coinciding with his participation in the prestigious FOAM Talent 2022 exhibition, Marwan Bassiouni will premiere works from his 'New Swiss Views' and 'New British Views'. This extension of his acclaimed 'New Dutch Views' series, marks the transformation of Bassiouni's project into a 'New Western Views' series.
Marwan Bassiouni graduated from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague in 2018. Since then his work has been shown and discussed internationally, resulting in being included in the Gallery of Honour of Dutch Photography in the Nederlands Fotomuseum. Works from Bassiouni's New Western Views series will be included in upcoming group shows at (amongst others) Z33 in Hasselt, H3h Biënnal in Oosterhout and Kunsthaus Zürich.
After receiving the 'Sustainable Art Award' at Artissima in Turin in 2021 and a solo show at Dürst Britt & Mayhew this summer, Lennart Lahuis received an invitation for an extensive solo exhibition at Museum Schloss Moyland, which will take place next year. At Unseen 2022 we will present a ‘beeswax’ triptych from 2019, creating a dialogue with Bassiouni’s work about the concept of national identity.
Titled 'Le Sentiment National', the piece takes a largely unknown text by Kurt Schwitters as its point of departure. The first part of the text seems to be an attempt to reflect on the concept of nationalism. Slowly the text starts to shift until at the end he unexpectedly confounds the very definition of it in a typically dadaist way by suggesting nothing less than a 'shared sentiment of nationalism', or a form of 'global nationalism'. This process of blurring the notion of nationalism is mirrored by the technique that is applied by Lahuis to reproduce Schwitters text.