Rita Hoofwijk & Hannah Loewenthal
Being Here for You is an ongoing work by Dutch artist Rita Hoofwijk and South African artist Hannah Loewenthal, living and working far apart. It began as a response to the situation of lockdowns and the impossibility of relocating themselves and their work. They asked: Do you have to see something with your own eyes, hold it with your own hands in order for an experience to be considered ‘real’? Would it be possible to ask someone else to be your eyes, ears, hands? These questions resulted in an ongoing exchange consisting of (im)possible requests and led to the following question: Is it possible to make work for another? As an exploration of this last question geographically distant artists, partners and sites are connected in an exchange to create in-situ work, without travelling physically.
'To embody something' is to surround the body with it. The body and the physical-sensorial experience is used as the way into the work. As an approach for SWG this might happen for example by seeing, hearing, touching on someone's request.