For the first time the MAST Foundation presents an exhibition entirely dedicated to the moving image. Through the filmed interpretation of reality, the eye of the video camera gives evidence of the mutability of a world – the world of work and production – that is undergoing rapid transformation, describing changes, evolutions and breaking points in a direct and engaging manner. Work in motion presents videos by (amongst others) Chen Chieh-jen, Willie Doherty, Harun Farocki / Antje Ehmann, Thomas Vroege and Ad Nuis’ Oil & Paradise.
Oil & Paradise
Between 2008 and 2013 Nuis paid ten visits to Baku, Azerbaijan: since 2005 home of the world’s largest oil pipeline. Nuis’ Oil & Paradise ironically examines the newly acquired wealth of the former Soviet state. With a video installation where photographs, videos, telephone calls, TV and radio fragments are combined, Nuis offers a sharp view of one of the most rapidly growing economics and simultaneously most corrupt countries on the periphery of Europe. The artists’s personal approach and his humorous tone makes Oil & Paradise both highly relevant and very approachable. After Naarden, Rotterdam, Amsterdam (NL) Sète (FR) and Beijing (CH), Oil & Paradise is now on show among 14 other artists in MAST.