Exhibitions — November 5, 2022

Tanja Engelberts at Quartair

As part of the exhibition Neighbour North Sea

5 November, 2022 until 27 November, 2022


The North Sea, our neighbour who constantly pushes the boundaries, leaving behind a line that reveals who lived here thousands of years ago, but also shows what is wrong at this moment. Anyone who regularly walks along the tide line, finds fossil bones and trees, but also plastic, paraffin, oil and dead animals.

Currently, the North Sea is quickly being transformed into an industrial area. To maintain the habit of ever-growing consumption and extraction, while attempting to become more sustainable at the same time. Furthermore, drastic technological plans are being developed to eventually stop the rising water. And it was already busy.

Four artists–Tanja Engelberts, Sheng-Wen Lo, Astrid Nobel, and Laura Schippers– show how they are connected to the North Sea and how they deal with the pressure on the sea.


Tanja Engelberts investigates how to document landscapes that are no longer visible. These landscapes range from artificial islands to the endless North Sea, and are often related to the fossil fuel industry. She immersed herself in the industrial landscape of the North Sea by traveling along with maintenance ships and speaking with offshore employees. The landscape takes shape by means of films, prints, sound and texts in which the atmosphere and experience of these places is recorded.

Quartair is an artist-run initiative operating as a platform for artistic presentation, cooperation and debate. Quartair initiates and supports exhibitions, art projects and exchanges with other artists or artist-run-spaces at home and abroad.

Quartair Contemporary Art Initiatives
Bilderdijkstraat 141A
2513 CN Den Haag

Friday-Sunday: 1 pm—5 pm


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