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Stephen Wilks
BRITISH
DONKEY ROUNDABOUT
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 80,000 EUR
JUMP TO LOT
57
Stephen Wilks
BRITISH
DONKEY ROUNDABOUT
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 80,000 EUR
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Global Contemporary, Rijksakademie

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Amsterdam

Stephen Wilks
B. 1964
BRITISH
DONKEY ROUNDABOUT
2010
wood steel and textiles
edition 1/1 + 1 AP
this work is running on electricity
diameter 250 x 210 cm / 98.43 x 82.68"
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Provenance

donated by the artist
produced in cooperation with technique workshop Rijksakademie

Exhibited

Some recent solo exhibitions
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris 2009-10, 'L'Ane Vert' (intervention Ateliers nomade)
Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam 2008, 'Trojan Donkey & Animal Farm'
Etablissement d'en face projects, Brussels 2006, 'Animal Farm'
Galerie Nelson, Paris 2006, 'Travelling donkeys'
Galerie Kai Hilgemann, Berlin 2006, 'No animal shall walk on 2 legs'
Villa Arson, Nice 2005

Some recent group exhibitions
Sonsbeek 2008, Arnhem 2008, 'Grandeur'
Museum Ludwig, Cologne 2007, 'What does the jellyfish want?'
Fondation Yvon Lambert, Avignon 2004
Fotomuseum, Winterthur 2000, 'Remake Berlin'

Literature

Selected publications
Anna Tilroe [et al.], Sonsbeek 2008: Grandeur, Deventer: Thieme Art 2008
Eva Schmidt (ed.), Travels with my donkey, Berlin: DAAD 2003

Selected public and corporate collections
Fotomuseum Winterthur, CH • FRAC, Marseille, FR • Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, DE

Catalogue Note

Over the last couple of years, Stephen Wilks has been working on two major projects, Animal Farm and Trojan Donkey, using sculpture, drawing, performance and video. He drew his inspiration from the book Animal Farm published in 1945 by the British writer George Orwell, which tells the story of farm animals rebelling against the dictatorial regime of the farmer, taking over power and eventually creating a new dictatorship.
For Sonsbeek 2008 Wilks has been continuing his work on Trojan Donkey, a project with twelve lifesize cloth donkeys, each of the nomadic creations are given a transient home in a different part of the world with people who then confere the travelling donkey onto another host with whom they trust. They conceal photographs, letters and sketches of their experiences with the donkey in the animal's stomach and these accumulate in the belly and form a unique trace of the donkeys story. In Sonsbeek Park twelve 'new born' donkeys were carried on the shoulders of twelve human figures made of wood. They were placed in the deer enclosure on a rotating platform, on which they also rotated. One of the donkeys is gold-coloured. He is the art donkey which, after Sonsbeek, will travel on to hospitable art institutions. Trojan Donkey is a gradually growing, many-sided project that transcends political and territorial boundaries. It points to the bankruptcy of political systems, and to the readiness of individuals to support others and shoulder a burden.

Stephen Wilks was resident artist at the Rijksakademie in 1994-1995.
He won the Uriôt Prize (NL) in 1995.

Global Contemporary, Rijksakademie

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Amsterdam