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Contemporary art

True things that pretend to be pretences

45 min visit

Wallonia-Brussels Centre
16 Oct → 20 Dec 2020
From Monday to Friday from 10 am to 7 pm. Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm..

« A sensitive exhibition on the relationship to the body (whether we have it or not), and to its representation! »

The programming of the center of Wallonia Brussels, of our Belgian friends, is always of great quality. For its autumn exhibition, 8 visual artists have been invited - on the curatorial proposal of Michel François - to produce original works testifying to their vision of the body, physical and social, often fragile and unstable. The exhibition aggregates bas-reliefs, sculptures, installations, videos, photos and performances. The works each bear witness in their own way to a certain discomfort of the body: unattractive, ghostly, blind, entangled, tampered with? The exhibition route starts in the street. The artist Ria Paquée is embedded in the facade, then at the entrance of the Center, Selçuk Mutlu welcomes visitors like a poetic, plastic and conceptual interface. Then the visitor comes across the bas-reliefs and ceramic pots representing grotesque figures by Carlotta Bailly-Borg, or the bas-reliefs still in strapped synthetic foam, by Gaillard & Claude. Sculpture is also present in the form of Douglas Eynon's bronze high reliefs that reveal raw, raw self-portraits by blind people. With real, fictitious or ghostly characters, the works of Sarah Caillard, or Charlotte Borght boast explore the visible and the invisible in the sense of "who can't be seen but who is indeed there or has been there. In the central courtyard, Charlotte's photographs of empty transport trucks boasting Borght suggest that migrant people may have been smuggled there. This is also the approach taken by Olivier Stévenart with his carbon copy of a tool for exploiting workers' bodies. A sensitive exhibition on the relationship to the body (whether we have it or not), and to its representation.


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