‘If paradise is half as nice’ is a project initiated by Pim Palsgraaf and Daan Botlek. This year me, Willem Besselink and Braam Braam had the honour to be part of the second edition of the event that takes place in an abandoned factory in Leipzig.
During four weeks we made works in a former army-bakery with an exiting show as result. The pictures here are not just my work, but also of the other artists.
The first week was a week of searching. We visited about six locations in Leipzig, since the city is full of abandoned factory buildings. In the end we chose an old army-bakery as the perfect spot for our project.
Then followed a bit more then two weeks of working on new works. Everybody on its own and every now and then helping each other we came to a series of new works that resulted in a small group show presented in the same building as where it was created.
In the end we had an event where about 50 people took the trouble of going over the fence around the building. The exhibition was opened by the initiator of the Verein für Leipziger Industriekultur.
Pim Palsgraaf worked on a series of sculptures made out of materials found in the abandoned factories.
Daan Botlek searched for unusual spots to come up with his humorous wall paintings making us look different to the place.
Bram Braam created two works that makes us think of the bloom in which the factory once was.
Willem Besselink created a series of huge installations putting historical statistics of Leipzig in a different perspective
…and I, I created a few works that can be seen on my website. They are called ‘Asbest as it gets’ and ‘Out of the white cube (remains/stolen footage)’.