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Portrait, Rearchived: Dawood Hilmandi & Louis Hothothot

Event organized by GLLRY ZOH & BnB ZOH

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GLLRY ZOH proudly presents the exhibition Portrait, Rearchived: Dawood Hilmandi & Louis Hothothot

Exhibition: 11 March – 01 May 2018

Opening hours:
Thursday 11.00 - 16.00
Saturday 11.00 -16.00

Heesterveld 26, 1102SB
Amsterdam Zuidoost

For special visits outside of the opening hours please contact info@bnbzoh.nl.

Portrait, Rearchived brings together the works of visual artists and filmmakers Dawood Hilmandi and Louis Hothothot. The exhibition, curated by Cristina Buta, aims to reflect on the importance of investigating micro-politics and the role of personal stories, within collective frameworks of power. The artists’ continuing body of research encompasses archive reconstructions, video fragments and multi-channel installations, photographs and printed matter, forming an open archive which the gallery, the curator, and the audience help shape further on.

Through (self-)documentation and research methodologies, the artists and their cameras enter the intimate, the uncomfortable, the familial and the collective space, often breaking the binaries of evil and victim through blunt critique, but also ambiguity and the sensibility through which they approach their filmed subjects and lay open forms of power. Particularly, they also challenge assumed perceptions about cultural differences and clichés about gender roles. Subsequently, they manipulate experimental and narrative devices to reinterpret and activate their memories (together with personal and found footage), allowing for a sense of freedom and resistance through their work. As tireless detectives of their physical and digital archives, they gather, record, recollect, reinterpret, question, re-use, abuse, deconstruct and play with their material from a very deep urge for finding meaning and agency.

Dawood Hilmandi

The experimental videos, photographs and installations by artist and filmmaker Dawood Hilmandi explore the relation between authority and imagination. In 2017, Hilmandi won the prestigious Locarno Open Doors Hub prize. His works have been screened at a.o. the IFFR, International Film Festival Oberhausen, NFF, Krakow Film Festival, International Short Film Festival Winterthur, Eye Film Museum, Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Watermill Center New York. He holds a MA Artistic research film, Nederlands Film Academy Amsterdam (2014-2016), a Postgraduate diploma in filmmaking, LFA London (2010-2012), and a BA Fine Arts –VAV, Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam (2008-2010).


Louis Hothothot

The works of filmmaker and designer Louis Hothothot ranging from design, typography and prints to films and performance, explore the conflict between socialism and capitalism, collectivism and individualism, authority and the individual. He studied graphic design, video art & animation, China Central Academy of Fine Art in Beijing (2004 -2008), the Fine Arts MA, Dutch Art Institute (2012 – 2014) and the Artistic research Master Film, Netherlands Film Academy (2015-2017). His works were shown in museums, art festivals, galleries, and theaters, including in the EYE Film Museum, Dansmakers, and the Oostblok Theater, and in the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven. In 2013, Hothothot curated the exhibition ‘Urgent Care of Identity’ with works by a.o. Jonas Staal, Heath Bunting, Philipp Kremer and Ton Hendricks, at A-Lab, Amsterdam.



Cristina Buta is an independent contemporary art and film curator with a background in Literary Studies & Cultural Analysis (UvA), working on critical and interdisciplinary approaches at the peripheries of the Western European space.

GLLRY ZOH is a project space and art platform, part of the Heesterveld Creative Community in Amsterdam Zuidoost, that supports multimedia art, artist residencies and exhibitions in public space.

This project is supported by the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst.

More info: www.bnbzoh.nl/gllry