Susan Kooi

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I don’t want any past
Only want things which cannot last
15.02.2015 – 14.03.2015

Over the following weeks and months, Apice for Artists invites different artists to explore and present their practice. By offering the opportunity to introduce new thoughts, a conversation and dialogue unfolds that narrates and shapes the ways that the work evolves. Working closely with artists to achieve new projects, Apice for Artists allows the time and space, nurturing and developing ideas – therefore working towards a model that will frame a more critical dialogue in substantially promoting and advancing artistic production.

The first in this series is hosted by Susan Kooi (1988, NL). Since the last time Apice worked with Susan Kooi, her fascination with the origins of life and the development of humans in particular is rooted in the position of mediating between two realities – the physical world of the here and now and the mental perception of the past or the future. This perception of time relates to making images as a evolutionary transformation of existential phenomena, causing a physical recurrence of alienated objects and situations in their present surroundings. For her new presentation, which opens on the 15th of February, Susan Kooi is looking for the moments when physical objects start relating to the complex way of being human. At 17 hrs she will give a public reading on her latest work, a series of texts which will be published in the near future (Perro Verlag, Vancouver).

As for now, a sneak preview.


Once we thought you were a dragon,

A pink phoenix,

An antediluvian flamingo.

However, as time also flies,

More likely it seems

You are a fossil of some kind

Susan Kooi, reading performance, February 2015

Susan Kooi, reading performance, 10 min. approx. February 2015

Susan Kooi, Fossils, opening February 2015

Susan Kooi, Fossils, installation view, February 2015

Susan Kooi, Fossils, 2014, video, 1’44 min, still


photography: Konstantin Guz

works made possible with the generous support of the Mondriaan Fund