Open spaces | secret places
28 international artists have contributed work to the Biennial’s main exhibition and their names resound like bells. Open spaces/secret places boasts work by Jeff Wall, Louise Lawler and the Antwerp-born Francis Alÿs, all artists with a knack for depicting the spaces they inhabit in a thought-provoking way. Read more about it here.
Dey your lane! Lagos Variations
The equivalent of telling someone to mind their own business, the typical Lagos expression ‘Dey your lane!’ is an extremely fitting title for an exhibition depicting contemporary life in Africa’s biggest metropolis. It’s easy to imagine how a city housing an estimated 21 million people can feel a little short on privacy, or, for that matter, space to breathe. Yet the collection of hundreds of images and four videos by 24 local and international photographers brought together in Brussels reveals a young, dynamic force alive in the economic capital of Nigeria. The city that so clearly struggles with the growing pains of a skyrocketing population is also a stimulating environment for a new generation of artists – one that will innovate and do away with boundaries to find its voice in the maddening crowd.
After scale model: dwelling in the work of James Casebere
Another ruthless explorer of spaces is conceptual photographer James Casebere. A first glance at the American’s oeuvre now being shown in the antechambers of Bozar sparks the feeling that something is off. The landscapes and architectural images are completely devoid of humans, and some of the small details have been changed. Entering the core room of the exhibition (which is fresh off a retrospective at the established Haus der Kunst in Munich), it becomes clear that suspect number one, Photoshop, in fact has nothing to do with these anomalies. Stumbling upon a bunch of meticulous models from Casebere’s hand rather unveils that the photographer was never capturing the real thing but always an impeccably made replica. Casebere’s fanciful play with space and perception is even applied to Brussels and Belgium themselves in the works Screw Device (1991), Cell With Rubble (1996) and Turning Hallway (2003). You’ll be given the chance to be shown around this free exhibition by the curator on the evening of August 18th.
Vincen Beeckman, the gang
For the last six months Belgian photographer Vincen Beeckman has taken an enthusiast troupe of amateurs under his wing to make the Brussels streets unsafe, snapping shots wherever they went and helping them to develop a personal style. Beekckman, who has been collaborating with the International Photography Biennial for ten years now, and his ‘gang’ of 14 strong are now ready to share their perspectives on the capital’s hidden nooks and corners with the world in a free exhibition at Bozar.