Het Bos
Ankerrui 5-7, Antwerp

Exhibition: We’ll see what’s about to happen...

Stuck (video installation, loop, sound) - Lotte Louise de Jong

STUCK is a video installation made of existing video clips from porn websites like PornHub. It investigates a particular trend in porn where (mostly female) porn actors get stuck in different (domestic) objects such as washing machines, ovens, windows, or even the trunk of a car. Although it creates humorous scenes, it also raises questions about the notion of consent and abuse. Through editing and recreating the images, the social obsession, the material glorification of the physical object and the cultural paradoxes that drive the primary impulses remain.

Still Standing (video installation, loop, no sound) - Locuratolo

Since 2018 we, Locu&Ruth, stand 20 minutes still in different places. Not moving. With both feet we occupy a piece of earth and let it happen. With a film camera we systematically document the locations.

Permanently and short dated. Locals join to form a scene with uncertain outcome.

Still Standing is a current evaluation of situations between everyday life and big events, absurdity and seriousness, projection and live performance, narrative and repetition,

Standstill and action.  Here and now.

We Shared Our Tears (textile) - Lisa Ijeoma

On first glance one might see a vegetative landscape imprinted on a woven textile. Submerged in a deep dark blue, it looks like a dreamy scene to lose oneself into while a mysteriousness lies deeper in the work. With clear depictions of various plant leaves in the front, what may lie deeper within this landscape is untold. It is this ‘not knowing’ what is at stake: “What lies deeper within?”. A deeper meaning is hinted with the articulated title We Shared Our Tears, and it will only be a few who probably hint towards occupied Congo. The work represents one of the many pictures taken during the colonial oppression of Belgium in Congo, as well as the first of a series where Lisa Ijeoma reflects on this documented history. By weaving old photographs - found between lost objects on a flea market - into a more tangible matter, Ijeoma induces the viewer to think: “What is at play here?”. It is the first in a series where the question is raised towards what you see in what is visible. Playing as an ‘unbiased’ picture, capturing a moment in a shared history, it holds the ambiguousness of that one moment with multiple histories told around it.

They can’t kill us all - Love & Rage (textile banner) - Women to Women Collective

“We gathered around love, we gathered because of rage. We gathered around sewing machines, scissors, needles, threads and wool in all the colors of freedom and self-determination. We gathered to claim the streets and state: We come here united! To march for and with women around the world, for sisters and brothers on the move, awaiting asylum, in hiding, captivity, deported and for those who are no longer with us. We tailored for weeks, without compromise, stitching together every thread, every color, every emotion. Because: You can't kill us all!”

A few days before the coronavirus epidemic was declared and lockdown in Croatia started, women from the Women to Women collective marched the streets of Zagreb, carrying the banner "They can't kill us all - love & rage". The seven-meter-long banner sewn from pieces of fabric, colorful wool and thread was created during a ten-week workshop, Tailoring for the Night March, led for the collective by artist Selma Banich. By participating in the Night March, organized by the feminist collective fAKTIV, women from the collective celebrated International Women's Day, many of them for the first time. The Women to Women collective has been operating within the No Borders program of the Živi atelje DK association since 2016, and connects women who call  Zagreb their  home, as well as those who had to flee their home and settle down elsewhere. The Women to Women collective received the Nada Dimić Award for 2020.

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