Eric van Hove (b.1975) is a nomadic artist whose work is committed to creating links between local and global issues. In Marrakech he presents V12 Laraki (2013), the conclusion of nine months of work. V12 Laraki is a non-working replica of the Mercedes-Benz V12 engine used by Abdeslam Laraki in the Laraki Fulgara, Morocco’s first high-performance, luxury car. Laraki had hoped to manufacture the car entirely in Morocco, but was forced to import its engine from Germany. V12 Laraki brings the dream of a Moroccan-made engine full circle. Each of its 465 components were handcrafted in 53 traditional materials, including ceramic, bone, tin, goatskin, and terracotta, by forty-two Moroccan artisans. Both the V12 Mercedes-Benz and the V12 Laraki are equ
al if nontransferable products of human excellence—the former of a hundred years of Western engineering, the latter of a thousand years of Moroccan heritage.
Van Hove was born in Algeria but grew up in Cameroon and lives regularly in Japan. Solo exhibitions include Institut Supérieur du Langage Plastique, Brussels (2010); Rossicontemporary Gallery, Brussels (2012); CCC, Tours (2013); and STUK Kunstencentrum, Leuven (2014). Group exhibitions include National Museum of Algiers (2009); Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2007); and CAC, New Orleans (2012).