In his book The Myth of Sisyphus (1942), Albert Camus discusses the Greek mythological figure Sisyphus. Sisyphus is condemned to the eternal task of rolling a large stone to the top of a hill, from which it always immediately rolls down again. Camus argues that despite his meaningless and endless task, we should imagine Sisyphus happy, since he has acknowledged and embraced his personal struggle.
In his first solo exhibition at Jeanine Hofland Contemporary Art, Feiko Beckers shows us personal struggles as well; the most trivial of human struggles opposed by existential solutions and vice versa. The struggles presented derive from three performances that he developed over 2011 and 2012: Three Options (2011), No chance of success whatsoever (2012) and Advantages and Disadvantages (2012), which have been performed at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten (Amsterdam), Theater Frascati (Amsterdam), STUK (Leuven) and at the Beursschouwburg (Brussel). These performances, enacting his struggles, revolve around personal failures, accidents and embarrassments Beckers’ once experienced, wherein actual family members and friends all play their respective parts. In case of the presented works; his mother, his father and one of his best friends.
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