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TINKEBELL - Looove TINKEBELL, Etwas Spass für den neuen TORCHmeister

TINKEBELL  - Looove TINKEBELL, Etwas Spass für den neuen TORCHmeister

Exhibition overview:


31 Oct - 05 Dec 2009

TORCH gallery



TORCH Gallery is pleased to present Looove TINKEBELL. etwas Spaß für den neuen
TORCHmeister, a survey exhibition of the work of installation and performance artist
TINKEBELL. (NL) of the past four years. Also on show will be the new series ALMOST 18+
for your pleasure (2009) and a limited edition of posters from the photo series realized
in collaboration with photographer Mirjam Muller featuring TINKEBELL.’s Baby Bunnies
series will be for sale. The exhibition will be launched with the exclusive performance by
upcoming songwriter One Trick Pony (Lowlands Festival) who dedicated one her signature
tunes to TINKEBELL. She will perform on the opening day, Saturday the 31 st of October
from 5pm–7pm.


Looove TINKEBELL. offers a chronological overview of TINKEBELL.’s installations, projects
and performances of the past four years. On show will be the central piece of her first pro -
ject My dearest cat Pinkeltje (2004) that earned her instantaneous controversial fame:
a purse made out of her cat. Documents of the performance series Her name is,..
(2008) will be presented together with their main props, three stuffed dogs TINKEBELL
dragged throughout the streets of Chicago, L.A. and Beijing. Also on display will be the documentation
of the installation/happening SAVE THE PETS (1) (2008) where about a hun -
dred hamsters rolled around in individual plastic balls transforming the exhibition space
into a living installation. On show at TORCH Gallery will also be her unsettling Baby Bunnies
(2008), a series of manipulated stuffed animals that interrogate our consumption
habits, as they seem to convert the living and beloved into yet other throwaway commodi -
ties. For sale during the show will be a special edition of the book Dearest TINKEBELL., a
collection of hate mails received by TINKEBELL., and, more significantly, a full- fledged webbased
investigation of those who emitted them. For her series ALMOST 18+ for your
pleasure, she embroidered C-prints of visual material found on the website ‘Almost 18+’,
sadly known for its daily upload of SM material featuring physically abused young women.
Whether she works with stuffed animals, porn material or hate mails, TINKEBELL. does one
thing: she plays with the formless and unspeakable, the object of our innermost fears and
desires. She toys with death, sex and everything that leads to that: humiliation, objectifica -
tion and, ultimately, consumption. The intricate relation existing between the media busi -
ness (that manufactures representations) and rituals of incorporation (everything and ev -
eryone in a media society has become an image to be consumed) is something Adriaan
van der Have, TORCH Gallery founder who died this last April, very well understood.

TINKEBELL dedicates this exhibition to him and his son, Mo van der Have who follows his father
as the new running director of TORCH Gallery. In memory of Adriaan van der Have who
used to call himself the TORCHmeister, TINKEBELL. baptized Mo van der Have, der neuen
TORCHmeister.


TINKEBELL. (1979) was born in Goes (NL) and attended the art academy in Tilburg before
taking part to the post-Graduate Design program of the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam.
She lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Looove TINKEBELL. etwas Spaß für den neuen TORCHmeister will be running from the
31st of October through the 28th of November 2009 at TORCH Gallery in Amsterdam. The
opening is scheduled on Saturday the 31st of October from 5-7pm. Festive opening with
special music performance by One Trick Pony. Book Dearest TINKEBELL., and a limited
edition of posters from a photo series realized in collaboration with photographer Mirjam
Muller featuring TINKEBELL.’s Baby Bunnies will be for sale at the gallery.