EXHIBITION HOMESTEAD OF DILUTION,
The exhibition Homestead of Dilution presents the first outcome of a joint and collaborative practice between artist Domenico Mangano and architectural historian Marieke van Rooy. In their work they seek to explore and give insight into the commonly unobserved workings of psychiatric institutions that have lately become subject to the gradual dismantling of the welfare state in the Netherlands. In that and as part of an artist residency at Het Vijfde Seizoen (2015, Den Dolder, the Netherlands), the artists have interwoven the legacy of the remarkable experiment at Nieuw Dennendal–a 1970s countermovement in the world of mental healthcare– with perspectives on present-day care within the field of psychiatry. The exhibition at Nomas Foundation presents the outcome of their artistic research project, including the video work Homestead of Dilution, a series of sculptures, drawings and photographs. Their work could be marked as both a playful and critical commentary concerned with the myth of the normal, mental illness as a culturally manufactured paradigm, and the idealisation of individualism today.
The project was supported by the Mondriaan Fund, Dutch embassy in Rome, Fonds Kwadraat and MAGAZZINO.