01-02-2010 - 18-11-2010
Photo's: Peter de Ronde
Art by Martijn Engelbregt in De Nis: Statement against us-them thinking
Once again, the façade of Venlo's City Hall catches the eye. With the newest contribution to art project De Nis, artist Martijn Engelbregt takes a stand against us-versus-them thinking by using three words only.
“The reader is asked to be ‘with us’. Of course it is not clear to whom ‘us’ is referring”, says Martijn Engelbregt. “Furthermore, ‘zij’ (a homonym for ‘be’ and ‘they’) and ‘ons’ (us) together, constitute a new ‘we’. If they are with us, the duality of us-them thinking transforms into unity: we. The words imply a different way of looking at each other.”
The City Hall’s façade seems an ideal location for the artist’s appeal: after all, this is a place where opposed parties discuss their points of view, negotiate and finally try to compromise.