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Data za 23 okt — do 11 nov
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Spectres from Beyond

Werk van o.a. Mehraneh Atashi, Bie Michels, Natasha Tontey, Müge Yilmaz en Jason Wee

Other Futures Exhibition

In the exhibition Spectres from Beyond, you will find installations by artists from Indonesia, Singapore, the United States and the lowland countries Holland and Belgium, with roots in respectively Iran, Turkey and Congo. Here, you will be transported to different worlds and experience things from a variety of perspectives.

You’ll witness ancestral rituals in which stones play the leading role and the first human was a woman instead of a man; you’ll step into a dystopian city that destroys itself in the name of progress and meet the Umay, the first black astronaut, amidst her books and memorabilia. 

You’ll be part of a performance in an installation with bricks, where the heavy materiality of the bricks introduced to Madagascar by a missionary in the nineteenth century turns back into dust. Through interventions, they become portable and almost weightless. 

And finally, you’ll have a chance to examine your own memories in the light of a new spectrum, in an installation that explores the relation between personal time and that of the world.

The exhibition Spectres from Beyond is part of Other Futures 2021 and can be visited between 22 Oktober and 11 November. 
With work by Mehraneh Atashi, Bie Michels (with a festival contribution by Liantsoa Rakotonaivo) Natasha Tontey, Müge Yilmaz and Jason Wee

Curators: Brigitte van der Sande and Jo-Lene Ong
Co-curator: Iris Ferrer

Monday - Friday
Open from 12  – 6 pm

Saturday - Sunday
Open from 12  – 6pm with a guided tour

Free entrance


Bie Michels
‘Ingahy Kama’ is the Malagasy name of James Cameron, the missionary who introduced bricks in Madagascar. The eponymous film by Bie Michels opens with a shot of Cameron’s statue in the capital. Michels’ work is about decolonizing public and mental space. Her installation combines the film with ‘Piles of Bricks’, an installation/performance made in collaboration with the Malagasy artist Liantsoa Rakotonaivo, and ‘Bricks Dust’, a series of drawings where the red dust that is shed by bricks is turned into weightless creatures and body traces.

Müge Yilmaz
Müge Yılmaz uses images and performance as tools for speculating on possible futures. In The Adventures of Umay Ixa Kayakızı, a retired astronaut named Umay, now a grandmother to many, takes us to her secret ‘studiolo’ where she devotes herself to reading and writing feminist science fiction, experimenting and studying various other subjects. On the island ship where she lives, we visit this studiolo with its library – handmade in wood by Umay herself. We get a chance to see her collection of books, artefacts and memorabilia and become her grandchildren.

Natasha Tontey
Natasha Tontey consults ‘other species’ and ‘spirits’ in order to engage in speculative thinking. In ‘Pest to Power’ she showed us the power of cockroaches. Currently she is researching the cosmology of the Minahasan, an ethnic group in North Sulawesi Indonesia, and their relation to a geo-entity, the stone. The Minahasan once believed that the first person was a woman and god was not a patriarchal deity. Tontey speculates on a geological force interacting with inhabitants of the earth out of mutual solidarity.

Mehraneh Atashi
Mehraneh Atashi was born in Tehran. They held a residency position at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. Their work embodies ruptures and remains fluid, open in more directions. They often focus on catastrophe, apocalypse, and growth through autobiographical elements: “Through the excavation of memories, archiving and documentation of the self, I look at the relationship between the time of the self and the time of the world.” For the Other Futures’ exhibition, Atashi is showing a new body of work, in which they investigate these temporal relationships.

Jason Wee
‘Master Plan’ is a sculptural installation by Singapore-based artist and writer Jason Wee. This dystopian future city, where destruction occurs in the name of progress, bears a strong resemblance to his home island, where the same developments are occurring in a strikingly aggressive way. Wee is also investigating other megacities, such as Seoul, Delhi, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Tokyo, gathering materials towards a multi-year art research culminating in exhibitions and publications. He is the founder of ‘Grey Projects’, a library and an artist-in-residency that results in exhibitions, lectures and publications.



Location Witte zaal
Data za 23 okt — do 11 nov
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Spectres from Beyond

Werk van o.a. Mehraneh Atashi, Bie Michels, Natasha Tontey, Müge Yilmaz en Jason Wee
Installaties van verschillende internationale kunstenaars, in het kader van Other Futures Festival.

In deze tentoonstelling vind je installaties van kunstenaars uit Indonesië, Singapore, de Verenigde Staten, Nederland en Vlaanderen, met wortels in respectievelijk Iran, Turkije en Congo. Hier word je meegevoerd naar uiteenlopende werelden en beleef je andere perspectieven. Zo ben je getuige van rituelen van voorouders waarin stenen de hoofdrol spelen en blijkt dat de eerste mens geen man was maar een vrouw. Je begeeft je in een dystopische stad die zichzelf vernietigt in naam van de vooruitgang en betreedt de studeerkamer van Umay, de eerste zwarte astronaute, waar je kennis met haar maakt te midden van haar boeken en memorabilia. Je maakt deel uit van een performance in een installatie met baksteen, waar de zwaarte van de stenen die in de negentiende eeuw door een missionaris in Madagascar werden geïntroduceerd, terug stof worden. Door de interventies worden ze draagbaar en bijna gewichtloos. Houd - tenslotte - je eigen herinneringen tegen het licht van een nieuw spectrum, in een installatie die de relatie onderzoekt tussen de persoonlijke tijd en die van de wereld.

Met werk van Mehraneh Atashi, Bie Michels (met een bijdrage van Liantsoa Rakotonaivo tijdens het festival), Natasha Tontey, Müge Yilmaz en Jason Wee.

Curators: Brigitte van der Sande en Jo-Lene Ong, co-curator: Iris Ferrer.

Bie Michels, Rehearsal for Piles of Bricks, 2020. Foto door Maxime Jean-Baptiste.
Bie Michels, Rehearsal for Piles of Bricks, 2020. Foto door Maxime Jean-Baptiste.

Uitgelicht: Bie Michels

Ingahy Kama (2018) opent met een shot van een standbeeld van James Cameron in de hoofdstad van Madagaskar. 'Ingahy Kama', zoals Camerons Malagassische naam luidt, was de missionaris die de baksteen introduceerde in het land In een installatie in de Witte Zaal combineert Bie Michels de film met Piles of Bricks, een installatie en performance met kunstenaar Liantsoa Rakotonaivo en Bricks Dust, een serie tekeningen waarin het rode stof afkomstig van baksteneen verandert in gewichtloze figuren en afdrukken van lichamen. Drie jaar lang heeft Bie Michels met lokale ambachtslui, kunstenaars en organisaties in Madagascar gewerkt om de verbanden tussen aarde en mens, object en lichaam, handwerk en traditie te onderzoeken. 

Bie Michels (1960, Kimwenza, Congo), woont en werkt in Antwerpen. In haar werk observeert, documenteert en bevraagt Michels de representatie van de ander.

za 23 okt '21

do 11 nov '21
Witte zaal

Maandag - vrijdag
12.00 uur - 18.00 uur

Zaterdag - zondag
12.00 uur - 18.00 uur mét rondleiding

Other Futures 2021

De tentoonstelling Spectres from Beyond wordt gepresenteerd in het kader van het multidisciplinaire Other Futures Festival - op 5 en 6 november in de Brakke Grond. 

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