Ron Sluik – Fragility, Change, Beauty
A Dutchman from Moldova, Norway - or elsewhere.
According to the great 20th century Austrian novelist Robert Musil, ‘truth is accompanied by a suspicious static noise, to which those most closely involved turn a deaf ear’. Like Musil, Sluik has developed an intimacy with the dynamics and pulses of the lands to the east of Vienna. His ear is tuned for all kinds of suspicious noises.
Back in the 1980s/90s , he was one half of the troublesome Dutch experimentalist outfit Sluik/Kurpershoek. Their projects included photography, video art and site-specific installations which offered subjective and lateral musings on aspects of 20th century history.
Sustained and unsettling investigations about the victims of the Allied victories of 1944 and 1945, and into the life and travels of the Dutch man who burned the Reichstag in 1933, intersected with eyes open days recording unnoticed and uncomfortable aspects of the early 90s Yugoslav wars.
Sluik is now a frequent traveler between capitals and small towns between Austria and the Black Sea, networking and bringing to light the work of young filmmakers and artists. Over the last months, you could have found him advising photography students on their work in Bratislava, introducing short Romanian films and video art pieces to students in Croatia, and helping oversee a major biennial exhibition of the work of young artists in Bucharest, Romania. He is currently living in Bergen, Norway.
Mike Waite 2007