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A recurring theme in van Laere’s work is the antagonism between the human body and technological systems. During the three-month residency at The Grey Space in the fall of 2021, he shifted his gaze to the inside of the body using surgical tools. The vulnerability of the internal body usually shows its beauty in sterile operating rooms where surgeons deftly perform meticulous operations with laparoscopic instruments. Fascinated by its fragility, van Laere explored the inside of the body and the artistic possibilities of laparoscopic instruments for a series of new works among which the performance Reach I.
picture 1,2 by Helena Roig Picture 3,4,5,6 by Naomi Moonlion, Courtesy Stroom Den Haag.