Sol Archer – World-Building is a Collective Enterprise

Rozenstraat is pleased to announce an ongoing collaboration with artist and film-maker Sol Archer. We open this collaboration on January 29th with a public moment of the in-progress work ‘World-Building is a Collective Enterprise’.


‘World-Building is a Collective Enterprise’ is a moving image project filmed with groups of teenage K-POP dancers who meet and rehearse in the open spaces around the modernist Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. The dancers use the museum windows to rehearse choreographies from K-POP videos, collectively making space for queer, trans, female, and young bodies to exist in public through globalised pop practices, a fluid, transient, occupation of the peripheries of officially sanctioned culture.


Through weekends filming with these groups, ‘World-Building is a Collective Enterprise’ documents their collective creative practice occupying public space. Focusing on moments of casual hanging-out, of rigorous practice of routines, and of preparation, the work proposes rehearsal and amateurship as generative positions, which by elective creative acts, can produce and protect communities of resistance.


On January 29th, the project will temporarily take the form of an expanded installation, and space to spend conversational time in considering amateurship as a position for building solidarity. You are welcome to sit with the work, and, if you wish, to share in conversation about world- and community-building, the process of filming, and the work itself.


The installation consists of looped multi-channel projected video, with no screening schedule. Speech is mainly in Brazilian Portuguese with English subtitles.


This project was made possible by the Capacete residency in Brazil, with support from the Mondriaan Fonds and the CBK Rotterdam.



Sol Archer (1983) lives and works in Rotterdam, NL.
Archer works principally with moving image as a shared space for encounter and auto-representation with communities of interest or place. Archer holds a Masters from the Piet Zwart Institute, recent residencies include the Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht; Capacete, Rio de Janeiro; Vicinities, Belfast; IASPIS, Stockholm; and recent exhibitions include Ascending from the Liquid Horizon, le lieu unique, FR; The Defying Parrot, Index Foundation, SE; TULCA Festival of Visual Arts, IR; and the Sydney Biennial, AU.