Ria Pacquée opened the group exhibition "Two Men Standing. Part 3" with the performance "Line drawn with emotion" and "Line drawn without emotion" on 29 February 2020, one week before we made a decision to close the space due to COVID-19. Together with artists OUT OF SIGHT decided to reOpen the exhibition on Saturday, 5 September, 2020.
The recent changes of our daily lives and new "normalities" are reflected within the artworks:
"The Horror Garden" is an investigative performance and installation by Gosie Vervloessem, trying to answer questions about the relationship between humans and plants. Do people treat plants with respect? Do plants feel recognised and understood? What happens when plants break out of the background of our living rooms?
The installation “I don't want to be a prepper" by Johanna Kirsch is situated in dystopian now. The work contemplates possible catastrophes from the western perspective of the global north and the individual eagerness to survive.
"Integration" by Zoran Todorović is an illegal people project, realised in a refugee center in Belgrade through which refugees from the Near East and Africa were passing. Todorović collected their urine on the basis of which a domestic beer was made.
The complex network of state institutions and respected scientists that promoted this pseudo-science and categorisation of humans into ‘races’, placed in hierarchical order, is untangled within the monumental wall drawing "Nordic Race Science" by Minna Henriksson.
Ria Pacquée's two charcoal lines and handwritten text on the wall is an uncanny reminder of unstable and fragile state of now.
Opening hours of the exhibition
Saturday-Sunday, 12:00-18:00 (or by appointment)
COVID-19 > OUT OF SIGHT takes into account the latest safety regulations.
The exhibition is generously supported by the City of Antwerp, the Austrian Cultural Forum Brussels and the Finnish Cultural Institute for Benelux.
Artists: Minna Henriksson, Johanna Kirsch, Ria Pacquée, Zoran Todorović and Gosie Vervloessem