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Sander Breure and Witte van Hulzen, The Shores of an Island I Only Skirted, 2012, two-channel double-sided video projection, color and black-and-white, sound, 14 minutes. Installation view.

Sander Breure and Witte van Hulzen

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Sander Breure and Witte van Hulzen, The Shores of an Island I Only Skirted, 2012, two-channel double-sided video projection, color and black-and-white, sound, 14 minutes. Installation view.

The question of whether or not it is appropriate to make art based on such an immense tragedy as the 2011 massacre on the Norwegian island Utøya no longer seems relevant. According to the Dutch documentarian John Appel, whose film about the mass murder opened the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam in November, the Norwegian Socialist Party was swamped with requests by filmmakers who wanted to interview survivors, just as he did. And even before the premiere of Appel’s film, the young artists Sander Breure and Witte van Hulzen exhibited a video installation The Shores of an Island I Only Skirted, 2012, which they filmed on Utøya. Yet their approach to the subject is singular, even provocative: Instead of focusing on the violence and its consequences, they erased any direct reference to it from their work.

The Shores of an Island I Only Skirted employs a single screen,

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