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 Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen's entrance hall. Artists are invited to respond to the architectural qualities of the space, emphasizing notions of transformation and surprise.
Siobhán Hapaska (Belfast 1963) oeuvre stretches over a period of twenty years. Her work speaks on both an abstract and representational level, paying attention to both detailed craftsmanship and contemplation. Through her installations, Hapaska attempts not only to speak to our eyesight, but to activate all the senses so that we have a more intuitive response to it, i.e. to 'feel' the work. She uses a wide variety of images, forms and materials. Many of Hapaska's recent works feature olive trees. In Greek mythology the olive tree symbolizes the birth of Western society. The trees also have a symbolic value within Islam, Christianity and Judaism.
Hapaska's installation for Sensory Spaces 5 consists of nine olive trees that hang horizontally in the air and shake continuously. If Hapaska had to give the work a title, it would have been 'Intifada': an Arabic word that literally means 'shaking off'. Hapaska states: uprising, rebellion or resistance, this is my intention for the spirit of this installation. I don't necessarily mean this in an obvious political sense, more a shaking off of that which limits a better future.The viewer has the choice to observe the installation from the sidelines or to 'feel' the situation in all its complexity by entering the installation, thereby becoming an active component of it all.
The video below shows how the installation changed in the course of the exhibition.
Sensory Spaces - Siobhán Hapaska is on display Oct 11 2014 - Jan 25 2015 in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.