Erik van Lieshout
After the Riot II
Galerie Guido W. Baudach
Potsdamer Straße 85D-10785 Berlin
May 1 – July 18, 2015
Now on view at Berlin’s Galerie Guido W. Baudach, After the Riot II is a solo exhibition of new work by Dutch artist Erik van Lieshout. The exhibition features a video installation by the artist consisting of two facing projection screens surrounded by metal construction site fencing. Dog, a twin-channel video, takes the tragic death of Aleksandr Dolmatov as a starting point in conversations on European policies of refugees and asylum. Aleksandr Dolmatov, a Russian rocket scientist and vocal critic of Putin seeking asylum in the Netherlands, committed suicide at a “detention center” near Rotterdam Airport after receiving news that his request for asylum had be denied and that he would be returned to Russia. The denial of his request was determined to be a computer error.
Shortly after this event, van Lieshout was contacted by group of activists and asked to create a memorial for Dolmatov. Dog, the video installation on view, is the result of van Lieshout’s project. Also on view in the gallery are a number of drawings and collages, some of which are based on a 2014 anti-Islamic march in the Netherlands. A platform surrounds the video installation from which these works on paper can be viewed.