Being Here for You is an ongoing work and collaboration between Rita Hoofwijk and South African artist Hannah Loewenthal. 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. They executed these requests, an impossibility for the one and a most daily experience for the other, for one another and documented these experiences afterwards. This exchange is ongoing 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.
The work can be followed online: www.beinghereforyou.com