Sol Archer


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Sol Archer (1983) is a Netherlands based artist working through collaborations with professional and non-professional groups, considering the encounter as a space of production. Frequently employing video as an apparatus for producing a doubling of experience, productive of work through collective act, and through the work productive of new collectivities, new ways of being together.

His work has been exhibited widely, including in the Sydney Biennial, Sydney, AU; Rozenstraat, Amsterdam, Golden Thread, Belfast, Northern Ireland, NL; Le Crac19, Montbeliard, FR; Index Foundation, Stockholm, SE; TULCA, Galway, IR; Le Lieu Unique, Nantes, FR; MuKHA, Antwerp, BE; and more.

Residency programs Sol has participated in include the Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht, NL; Capacete, Rio de Janeiro, BR; IASPIS, Stockholm, SE; Vicinities, Belfast, UK; PHLOX, Huns, NL; AIR Anterp, BE; Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam, NL; and Digital Art Studios, Belfast, UK


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Photomontage Video 2015

A photo album from 1977, found in a Rotterdam second hand shop follows a Dutch 18 year old carrying out compulsory national service.
Meandering through the seasons of this year ‘In the company of men’ is a photo-montage of the people and spaces of this transitional period in a cold war citizens construction.


Between the performative spaces of the family and the military/ social environment the photographer, soon to be adult, moves from the parental shelter through the spectacle of national defence. A slow meditation on gestures, gazes and the performance of cohesion, defence, and masculinity within a male hierarchical environment. Within a period of a the heightened performance of national security in the peak of the Cold War.