(Extra City, Antwerpen BE 2011)
‘1:1’ is a project by curator Mihnea Mircan and visual artists Hans van Houwelingen and Jonas Staal in which the contemporary monument takes a central role. Six works, three by each artist, were brought together in a life-size maquette, realized in collaboration with architect Kris Kimpe. In the exhibition the works’ title cards are enlarged so that they form the largest elements in the space. Thus the overall installation becomes characterized as an inverted scale model: the viewer moves in between extreme reduction and enlargement. The core of the installation consists of two, seemingly contrary works. The first one is a proposal for a ‘National Guestworker Monument’ in honor of the first generation of migrant workers that came to the Netherlands, realized by Van Houwelingen for the social-democratic PvdA party. The second is a proposal for a ‘Monument for the Chased-off Citizens of Rotterdam’, realized by Staal for the nationalistic Leefbaar Rotterdam (Liveable Rotterdam) party in honor of the hardworking citizens of Rotterdam that were supposedly ‘chased’ from their neighborhood by migrant communities. The sketch image was modeled based on descriptions of the party leader. The title ‘1:1’ refers to the exhibition as a scale model, as well as to the wish of both artists to position themselves directly in relation to social-political issues. As well as to the dialogue between the works that was facilitated by the installation. To the ‘1:1’ symposium participated Wouter Davidts, Wouter van Besien, Sven Lütticken, BAVO, Bart Verschaffel and Marina Vishmidt.