An art project at Castle Old Rekem, 28 August – 2 October 2016.
Curator: Annemie Van Laethem & Eric Croux
The boemerang is a swinging metaphor lor the relationship between art, the artist and the audience.
Is it the artist who throws a boemerang at the viewer with his werk?
Does the work cast - once molded and thrown - its brutal existence in the face of the creator?
Does the viewer hurl his or her questions back at the object?
Or is it all this - and much more? A universe of actions and reactions: confusing, mad, enlightening, engrossing and rebellious, nihilistic and all-embracing, dead silent and deafening?
The fact is that the curators asked themselves whether, and if so, with what question they would return as curators alter eight summer exhibitions to Kasteel Oud-Rekem. The title thus also refers not only to the total exhibition as a whole, but also to the artists themselves and the very possibility of art in our time.
And to the visitor who's advised to be constantly on guard.
To evade or to be open, to touch and/or to be touched, that's the question here.
Along with countless ether questions whizzing through the spaces like boemerangs.
An art project at Castle Old Rekem, 28 Juli – 29 September 2013.
Curator: Annemie Van Laethem & Aischa Berg
Here is always somewhere else is the title of a documentary film about mysterious artist Bas Jan Ader and served as an inspirational starting point for this exhibition.
This exhibition does not evolve around a curatorial concept or a certain theme, it rather focuses on interesting artistic positions. Here is always somewhere else aspires to give sufficient mental and physical space to each artist’s distinctive, often enigmatic works.Here is always somewhere else is the title of a documentary film about mysterious artist Bas Jan Ader and served as an inspirational starting point for this exhibition.
Art and artists are hovering between two worlds: the urge and necessity to be here but yet elsewhere. The artist as a nomad, steadily moving, on a continuous quest. Here is always somewhere else is the title of a documentary film about mysterious artist Bas Jan Ader and served as an inspirational starting point for this exhibition.
A field of tension is created through the most diverse, at some points atypical, or surprising works that are installed in a peculiar environment, providing irritation or room for immersion, but certainly won’t leave the visitor unaffected.Here is always somewhere else is the title of a documentary film about mysterious artist Bas Jan Ader and served as an inspirational starting point for this exhibition.
An art project at Castle Old Rekem, 3 June – 30 September 2012.
Curator: Annemie Van Laethem
What happened earlier ...
Shanghai Art Museum "A Story of the Image", 30 April - 21 June 2009.
A few days before the official opening of the exhibit, the Chinese government ordered an artwork by Toon Tersas (1968) entitled "How the cultural revolution happens" to be removed on account of its critical message. The exhibit opened as planned, without any further comment from the curators, and the incident vanished into obscurity. It is only later that we found out about this blatant violation of artistic freedom.
ManifestlyPresent is not an overview of the most important dissident artists of the past century. We do, however, see it as our mission to provide a platform for the artist, his freedom of thought and his work. The safeguard of the artist’s identity and artistic freedom is the core issue.
Art as a statement and recognition of a call: "Here I am, I exist"!
- Sometimes through a distinctive studio setting, as an indirect manifest;
- Sometimes as a manifestly present artist in the art scene past or present;
- Sometimes as a manifest presence of the unknown absent artist;
- Sometimes through the artwork itself as an illustration of the manifest presence of time and social changes;