The Derailment of the Usual is a group exhibition of works by Paul Devens, Lis Rhodes and Heba Y. Amin.

Potrait of Paul Devens behind the turntables

In The Derailment of the Usual, Paul Devens(1965, Maastricht) operates as an artist, but also as a curator, lecturer and performer. Thus, alongside himself, he invited artists Lis Rhodes and Heba Y. Amin to join his exhibition.
Paul Devens, Photo: Alver Linnamäg

With this exhibition, Paul Devens (1965, Maastricht) aims to raise awareness of the way in which architecture, sound and technology influence our experience and perception, as well as politically defining our society. The artworks challenge us to look and listen with an open mind to the things we usually take no notice of. Exploitation from the beginning of the industrial age in Maastricht is made audible in a new sound installation by Devens, Folly / The Derailment of the Usual, 2021 (header image).

Paul Devens, Folly / The Derailment of the Usual, 2021. Photo Manor Lux

Lis Rhodes sound installation LIGHT MUSIC 1975

Lis Rhodes (1942, United Kingdom) is a celebrated feminist, artist and activist who has engaged with politics throughout her working life, using cinema and sound in doing so.

Through her work, she broke with the traditional view of cinema. For Rhodes, film is so much more than a Hollywood production on the silver screen. It is also a means of communication that defines our view of moving images, sounds and language.

Lis Rhodes, LIGHT MUSIC 1975, 16 mm film strips with optical tracks

A key work in her oeuvre is the installation Light Music from 1975-76. This audiovisual production has been acclaimed for decades already as an early example of participatory cinema, in which the viewer plays an active role. In recent years, Lis Rhodes has exhibited the work twice at the Tate Modern in London, among other places.


Lis Rhodes, LIGHT MUSIC 1975, Setting up Light Music in the Tanks Tate Modern 2009

Heba Y. Amin Project Speak2Tweet/ I'm the Son of the Nile, 2013 Video still, 6'18'' Courtesy of the artist

The Egyptian artist Heba Y. Amin (1980) creates political and activist work concerning historical events. Amin engages with political themes, utilizing subversive methods.

Through archives and various media - including film, photography and installations - she criticises the narration of events in recent history. History, as we know it from books in Europe, is not a conclusive fact. Her works foreground alternative perspectives and parallel historiographies against dominant narratives

Heba Y. Amin Project Speak2Tweet/ I'm the Son of the Nile, 2013 Video still, 6'18'' Courtesy of the artist

Project Speak2Tweet, 2011-Ongoing. B/W 3-Channel Video Projection, Audio. Photo: Fred Dott. Installation View, FLUIDITY, Kunstverein in Hamburg, 2016. Courtesy: Heba Y. Amin, Zilberman Gallery and Kunstverein Hamburg

Next image: Heba Y. Amin Project Speak2Tweet/ My love for you, Egypt, increases by the day (detail), 2011 Video still, 6'18'' Courtesy of the artist

Heba Y. Amin Project Speak2Tweet/ My love for you, Egypt, increases by the day, 2011 Video still, 6'18'' Courtesy of the artist

In the Bonnefanten, Amin is exhibiting her ongoing work Project Speak2Tweet, which she created during the start of the Egyptian revolution and wave of uprisings in the region. The work arose in early 2011, when during the mass protests against President Mubarak, the government disconnected the country from the internet and eliminated any form of online communication.

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The Derailment of the Usual is a group exhibition of works by Paul Devens, Lis Rhodes and Heba Y. Amin.

Guest curators: Paul Devens in collaboration with Eline Kersten

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Header: Paul Devens, Folly / The derailment of the usual (2021). Sizing variable. Photo: Paul Devens

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