On Taking a Normal Situation and Retranslating it into Overlapping and Multiple Readings of Conditions Past and Present


MuHKA, Antwerpen

19 September 1993 - 28 November 1993

This international exhibition is devised by Yves Aupetitallot, Iwona Blazwick and Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev within the framework of ANTWERP 93. Its title is inspired by Gordon Matta Clark who made one of his final works in the city, and which in turn led to the foundation of M HKA. In some ways the subject of this exhibition is ‘the exhibition’. What it proposes, however, is a new relation between structure, location, context, artist and audience. All the participants have created works specially fort his event. Other cultural forces such as music, architecture, mass media, urban renovation, even gastronomy weave between the exhibition, the museum and the city. Projects by emerging artists are juxtaposed with the actions of a previous artistic community. An interplay is set up between the local and the international, margin and centre, communities and individuals. The 16 contemporary artists are not bound by generation, nationality or medium. Some use research (scientific, sociological, anthropological) to explore cultural politics and the world they live in. Others use metaphoric and narrative approaches to art-making, far from the rationalism of classical Western art. However certain key themes emerge: regarding the fragmentation and dynamics of communities; the invisible histories and exchanges that constitute cultural identities; and a rootedness in the everyday.

Artists:  Judith Barry, Zarina Bhimji, Sylvia Bossu, Patrick Corillon, Fausto Delle Chiaie, Mark Dion, Eugenio Dittborn, Jimmie Durham, Maria Eichhorn, Andrea Fraser, Renée Green, Bethan Huws, Ann Veronica Janssens, Laurie Parsons, Mathias Poledna, Luca Vitone, Jef Verheyen. 

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