Remco Torenbosch (°1982) investigates the socio-economic and political forces that often have an invisible but major influence on global society. Within this spectrum, he focuses on a wide range of themes, including the complex dynamic between labor, valuation, speculation and ownership. Rather than symbolic position-taking statements of antagonism toward art’s political economy of circulation, Remco Torenbosch concretizes this directive within the social life of his artworks themselves. For Torenbosch, both the object and its material conditions of production and exchange collectively instantiate the work, demystifying its dependencies. He recontextualises their veiled capitalized history and by that elicits a new way of looking; not only at the subject themselves, but also at the conditions in which they were initially produced, used and distributed. His most recent works focuses on the power of private companies that manage resources essential to humanity such as water, housing, electricity, and examines the issues of ownership and access that arise from it.
Torenbosch studied at the Willem de Kooning Academie in Rotterdam, Universität der Künste in Berlin, and is currently participating in the residency programme at Rijksakademie voor beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam. His work has recently been exhibited at: Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Kunsthalle Wien, Victoria and Albert Museum London, De Appel Amsterdam, Kunsthaus Zürich, De Vleeshal Middelburg, and GAMeC Bergamo. He participated in collaboration projects with: Forum on European Culture, KNAW Akademie van Kunsten, Casco Utrecht (as part of the Grand Domestic Revolution), and Stroom The Hague. In 2013 he was nominated for the Prix de Rome.