Galerie Ron Mandos is proud to present the exhibition Performance by Esiri Erheriene-Essi. Esiri Erheriene-Essi, born in London in 1982, spent the past year delving deeply into the concept of performance. She meticulously analyzes how performers interacted with their audiences, dissecting their responses to a wide range of events, both simple and intricate. In many instances, Esiri removes the context surrounding these reactions to craft entirely new narratives. She found it intriguing how painting without context could give rise to images that exuded an enigmatic and sometimes haunting atmosphere, even when the original context was absent. The exhibition is running from July 2 to August 6, 2011.

An Unfolding Performance

Her exhibition embodies an unfolding performance. In typical performance settings, clear boundaries separated the audience from performers, and stories progressed linearly. However, in this silent exhibition, these boundaries blurred, creating a sense of ambiguity as events are presented in a still and muted manner.

The Artistic Approach of Erheriene-Essi

At the core of Erheriene-Essi’s artistic approach lies her compilation of potential materials for her artworks. She holds a profound interest in history, particularly in the images, objects, and documents that narrate personal and communal histories. Through these collections, she systematically dissects and manipulates the silent gaps, abrupt interruptions, and historical variations, thereby breathing new life into these segments.

Dwight Marica’s Recent Works

In addition to Esiri Erheriene-Essi’s exhibition, we are delighted to showcase recent works by Dwight Marica, born in Vlaardingen in 1973. His artistic ventures encompass a wide range, including paintings and installations. Marica’s creations spring from a quest for unbridled freedom in both his chosen medium and thematic content. As viewers, we are invited to set aside preconceived notions to fully grasp his vision and genuinely appreciate the freedom that Dwight Marica aims to convey.

ABOUT Esiri Erheriene-Essi

Born in 1982 in London, United Kingdom
Lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Esiri Erheriene-Essi is predominately a painter of mid to large-scale paintings concerned with figuration, history and society. She is captivated by history – in particular, images, objects, and documents which we can return to, in order to examine both individual and shared memories and histories. A large part of her practice entails collecting and creating an archive, which could potentially become incorporated into her work. Archives are important to the artist as they create links and orders that she can question and play with – she searches for the discrepancies, the silences, in order to, through painting, create interruptions and assaults on the canonical historical narrative. With hindsight, bias and curiosity, she takes these discordances and brings them up to the surface. Erheriene-Essi continuously re-edits the narratives with the hope of robbing history of some of its tyrannical power by creating new scenarios. Or rather, she is incessantly attempting to imagine more humane and liberating narratives than what has gone before. In the process she perhaps slightly changes our readings of history and thereby shows how we write the present.

In her work, Erheriene-Essi makes many references to popular culture, because popular culture is profoundly mythic and loaded. The canvases she makes are a theatre of popular desires and fantasies, where we all can discover and play with the process of identification. These ‘theatrical scenes’ show the imagined as well as the underrepresented, not only to the viewer but also to the artist herself. The paintings ‘play’ in their own way – they are telling a story, even though the scenes have no beginning, middle or end – they are cut off mid flow, out of context, are frozen, silent and still. Yet they have ‘sound’ as if they are performing and want to be heard. The audience is continuously invited to watch as well as to try and decipher the haphazard plot in which characters are encased in. The good thing about performing on canvas is that anything is possible – and that is what intrigues Erheriene-Essi the most.