press release

The Cobra Museum of Modern Art presents The Soul in Limbo, a solo exhibition by Jennifer Tee (b. 1973, the Netherlands) in the framework of the 6th edition of the Cobra Art Prize. The Municipality of Amstelveen and the Cobra Museum of Modern Art initiated this biannual prize, consisting of 10,000 EUR, a publication, and an exhibition, to generate attention to the spirit of the international Cobra group (1948–51) in relation to the contemporary. Core values such as experimental, engaged and interdisciplinary are key criteria for its jury.

The work of Jennifer Tee includes sculpture, installation, performance and choreography. The works all clearly express a dialogue between material experimentation and philosophical contemplation. Through a web of references to Western culture, art history, and Eastern philosophy, Tee investigates the mutability and complexity of constantly overlapping cultures and identities. Tee’s exploration of the spiritual dimensions within her subjects of reference results in works that hover between their concrete form and their loaded potential as carriers of an anticipated action, ritual and animation. In line with this, the intricate and almost impossible ceramics, hand-knitted crystalline Floorpieces, balancing sculptures and other works are usually installed in constellations and activated by performances.

The Soul in Limbo comprizes a variety of works set within an exhibition architecture developed by Tee. The exhibition highlights various thematic aspects of her work over the past decade including the most recent developments. The exhibition's title derives from André Breton’s novel Nadja (1928) and refers to a recurrent subject in Tee’s works: the state of being in-between, on the border between the here and the possible.

During the exhibition, several performances will take place. Performance dates in 2016: January 17, January 24, January 31, February 7, and February 14.

Jennifer Tee In her work, Jennifer Tee investigates the changeability and complexity of constantly overlapping cultures. Her work is very diverse in form, from almost impossible to make ceramics to hand-knitted floorpieces from curved bamboo floating in fragile balance to complex performances. Collaboration with others such as artists, graphic designers, and choreographers play an important role. The surroundings in which a work is created is important too, both in term of material choices and the way the exhibition space is installed.