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Marcelino Stuhmer
From February 23rd 2002 to March 30th 2002
Peripheral Narratives : Stories From In-Between

"Peripheral Narratives" comprises two elements, My baby just cares for me, a video installation and I’ll be seeing you, a series of five photographs. In the video installation My baby just cares for me, the narrator retells an experience of witnessing an immigrant couple’s ambiguous struggle, which occurred during a short stop at the Brussels North Station. His interpretation of the incident is that of an outsider, whose temporal constraints and individualism create inner conflict. On one level, the work is about public spectatorship and how in turn the presence and actions of the "other" are read as "the spectacle."

I’ll be seeing you references the documentary genre of police photography to explore notions of identity and memory re-construction. It suggests that memory is essentially a form of imagination, melding the physical perception of the real, with the elusive portrayals of remembered faces and intense experiences. Since the photographs do not disclose the facts behind the faces, the work offers the viewer an opportunity to investigate and to essentially construct, just as the portraits are literally collaged, a narrative from the given fragments.

As memory operates in both subjective and objective languages, it constantly mixes personal desire, imagination and guilt with learned perceptions based on collective social or cultural memory/amnesia. These exhibited works attempt to examine memory as the social, psychological and emotional location of the self. Although the two works are independent, shown together, narrative strands are formed inevitably between them.

Marcelino Stuhmer is an American born artist of Dutch/ Indonesian heritage. In 2000, he received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and was also a participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. In 2001, he received the Royal Prize for Painting in the Netherlands and has participated in several group exhibitions in the USA and Holland, including Zolla/Lieberman Gallery in Chicago and the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague. Upcoming projects in 2002 include a solo exhibition at the Essl Collection in Vienna as part of their Emerging Artist Series and the publication of his artist book, I’ll be seeing you. He is currently an artist-in-residence at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.

Bibliographie
- Crevier, Lyne, «Glandeur», Ici, 7-13 mars 2002, p.31.