Born Leiderdorp (NL), 1985
Witte van Hulzen
Born Bolsward (NL), 1984
One of the main concerns of the work of Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen is an expanded research into the history of portraiture and its relationship with theater. The work encompasses the vast range of human (facial) expressions and how over time certain gestures become associated with and also disassociated from not only emotions but also social positions and activities.
For their long-term performance at the Utrecht train station, they worked with a group of actors who performed highly choreographed quotidian activities that almost go unnoticed in the location. However, once the commuters noticed the movements and actions of the actors they became witness to a theater of the everyday that suddenly untwined itself from the fabric of daily life. Taking place for half a year, this work further raised the question when performance becomes labor and vice versa.
Currently, the duo continues their research into the archive of human gestures, but this time creating a repository of head busts that can match sculpted torsos in different positions. Here the sculptures become the performers and are activated in staged scenarios in space and in relation to the audience. While actors almost become living sculptures, the sculptures almost become persons, neither managing to completely cross over to the other. The thin membrane between life and death keeps them apart.