Het Vijfde Seizoen

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'I see you are not there' by Sanne Kabalt

What is the relation between pain and the words we give to it? How do we look at photographs of someone who is no longer there? Should the camera do what the eyes cannot? These are some of the questions Sanne Kabalt poses in her recent work.

Kabalt combines photography and writing into installations in the realms of illness, death, madness and loss. 'I see you are not there' is the first extensive solo-exhibition by Sanne Kabalt in Amsterdam. It is organized by Het Vijfde Seizoen, a foundation devoted to the relation between art and mental health. The show includes the project ‘As long as you don’t talk about problems so much you won’t see them anyways’ that Sanne realized at the residency Het Vijfde Seizoen. 

We take care to organize this exhibition safely. Beautiful Distress House is spacious, but there is a limit to the people we can host. Please reserve your spot for the opening on www.sannekabalt.com/rsvp.

There'll also be two lecture-performances. These are limited to 12 people at a time. During regular opening hours there’s no need to reserve. Looking forward to see you!


Beautiful Distress House

Ms. Van Riemsdijkweg 41A, Amsterdam

located at NDSM wharf  (next to the ferry) 

Opening hours:

July 11 - August 16

Thursday - Friday: 11:00 - 18:00

Saturday - Sunday: 12:00 - 18:00


‘She gave the photographs what they wanted’

A visual medium like photography implies a focus on a static end result, a final work. More and more, however, Kabalt is interested in the process that comes before and after. The method she used to get somewhere. The questions that have remained unanswered.

In 'she gave the photographs what they wanted' the transition between the making process and the final result fades. The audience is invited into the mind of the artist, into experimentation and failure, into the ongoing attempt to convey something invisible visually to others.

In her lecture-performances, Sanne Kabalt brings printed photographs, speaking, reading and singing together in one place.

The lecture-performances are made and performed by Sanne Kabalt and will be performed twice at Beautiful Distress House.:

Saturday August 1st at 15:00

& Saturday August 15th at 15:00

The performances are limited to 12 people at a time. Please reserve your spot on www.sannekabalt.com/rsvp.

The exhibition and the performances are generously supported by Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst & Het Vijfde Seizoen.

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