For the fourteenth edition of Sensory Spaces, Latifa Echakhch (b. 1974, El Khnansa) has created a dramatic scene with clothes drenched in black ink. On the floor are the traces left by the clothes as the artist dragged them across the room. The interplay of lines is reminiscent of the star-shaped patterns in mosques and Oriental palaces. These figures can be repeated endlessly and touch upon the divine and absolute in the Islamic faith. Echakhch, however, breaks open the star shape and creates her own paths. She detaches the motif from its original meaning and makes room for new interpretations.
Echakhch seeks to examine preconceived ideas about identity, nationality and cultural traditions. She deconstructs, or literally destroys 'Arab' or other culturally determined forms, objects and materials. Visitors to her installations often witness the remains of a physical act in which the traces left behind evoke feelings of loss, emptiness and grief. Using minimal interventions, Echakhch creates works with a strong emotional impact.
Sensory Spaces is a series of commissioned solo projects presented in the Willem van der Vorm Gallery, located in the freely accessible exhibition space in the museum’s entrance hall. For each edition an artist is invited to develop a work that emphasises or alters the visitor's experience of this particular space.