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Online discussion between Thomas Hirschhorn Sophie Lauwers, and Vera Michalski-Hoffmann

Words and deeds Online Talk in English 22.05.2021 – 11am register here or follow via Facebook Live of Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens   We are happy to invite you to an online conversation between the artist Thomas Hirschhorn, curator and exhibition organiser, Sophie Lauwers, and philanthropist Vera Michalski-Hoffmann come together to discuss the challenges of keeping public art public. The conversation, moderated by Antony Hudek, will broach such questions as: “How to maintain the collaborative spirit of works conceived in and for public space?” and “What role do private art foundations play in ensuring their long-term agency?” Thomas Hirschhorn was born in 1957 in Bern. He studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule Zürich from 1978 to 1983, and moved to Paris in 1983 where he has been living since. His work is shown in numerous museums, galleries and exhibitions including the Venice Biennale (1999 and 2015), Documenta11 (2002), the 27th Sao Paolo Biennale (2006), 55th Carnegie International, Pittsburg (2008), Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens (2010) and the Swiss Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale (2011). With each exhibition in museums, galleries and alternative spaces, and in his 70 works in public space, Hirschhorn asserts his commitment toward a non-exclusive public. Sophie L. Lauwers was born in Halle in 1966, and studied history at VUB in Brussels and ballet in Antwerp. Since 2011 she has been Director of Exhibitions BOZAR and member of its Executive Committee. Between 2002 and 2011 she was Exhibition Coordinator at BOZAR. Lauwers is highly engaged in supporting contemporary visual culture in Belgium, notably through her role on boards and committees, among them of Établissement d’en face, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens and Auguste Orts. Vera Michalski-Hoffmann, after studying political science in Geneva, founded Éditions Noir sur Blanc with her Polish husband Jan Michalski in 1987 to build bridges between the cultures and peoples of Europe by publishing authors in French and Polish. In 2004, she created the Jan Michalski Foundation for Writing and Literature in Montricher, at the foot of the Swiss Jura, with the mission of supporting literary creation and encouraging the practice of reading. Among its many activities, the Jan Michalski Foundation organises and funds exhibitions, cultural events, writers’ residencies and an annual prize for world literature.

Mircea Cantor at Villa Medici, Rome | Art Club #32

Mircea Cantor’s solo exhibition at Villa Medici, Rome will be on view from 20th May to 19th September 2021. The exhibition is organized by Art Club #32  and is curated by Pier Paolo Pancotto. More information here

Marianne Berenhaut ‘TEXTILITÉS’ Anciens Abattoirs de Mons, Belgium

Marianne Berenhaut is participating in he group show ”TEXTILITÉS’ at the Anciens Abattoirs de Mons in Belgium. The selection relates to works by artists residing in Belgium, both visual artists and craftsmen for whom textiles are a driving force behind their work. The framework of the exhibition is thus intended to be a reflection on the notion and meaning of textiles, the relationship between materials and forces, thereby justifying a form of “textility”. 09.05.2021 → 01.08.2021

Adi Fluman in Negev Museum of Art

Adi Fluman’s solo exhibition ‘Pandora’s Box’ is on view now in the Negev Museum of Art. The exhibition was curated by Nicola Trezzi.

Online screening of Omer Fast ‘5000 Feet is the Best’ on e-flux Video & Film

e-flux Video & Film will is online screening Omer Fast’s 5000 Feet is the Best (2011), on view from Tuesday, April 6 through Monday, April 19, 2021. 5000 Feet is the Best is based on conversations with a U.S. Predator drone operator, that were recorded in a Las Vegas hotel. On-camera, the drone operator discussed the technical aspects of his job and his daily routine. Off-camera and off-the-record, he briefly described incidents in which the unmanned plane fired at both militants and civilians. The film repeatedly turns from documentary to reenactment and fiction, weaving together the drone operator’s account along with scenes depicting other crimes in and around Las Vegas. 5000 Feet is the Best is presented here as one of four films in Part Five | Faux Documentary and Complex Reality the last of five programs in the online series True Fake: Troubling the Real in Artists’  Films programmed by Lukas Brasiskis for e-flux Video & Film. True Fake: Troubling the Real in Artists’ Films runs from February 9 through April 19, 2021. The films in each part will screen for two weeks with a repeat screening of films in all programs on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.

Adel Abdessemed on “Hope”, interview with Shifting Vision

The title of Adel Abdessemed’s 2011 work Hope references Caspar David Friedrich’s, Die gescheiterte Hoffnung (The Wreck of Hope, 1823–24). Friedreich’s painting expresses the concept of disappointed aspirations, mirroring the tragic results of many migrant journeys. The heavy materiality of Hope — an actual, dense object — contrasts with the recurring media images of mass migration which have flickered in and out of our screens for more than a decade. Adel Abdessemed recently discussed this notion and what moves him to create, in conversation with Shifting Vision. Watch here

Karen Russo’s film Junkerhaus (2019) US premiere at the 59th Ann Arbor Film Festival

Junkerhaus (2019) will be screened as part of Films in Competition 13 on Sat., Mar 27, 2021, at 3:00 PM EST (7pm GMT). The 59th AAFF will be held online launching as a live stream, then available for asynchronous viewing. Ann Arbor is the longest-running film festival of avant-garde and experimental film and video in North America. Thousands of influential filmmakers and artists have exhibited work at the AAFF, including Kenneth Anger, Brian De Palma, Agnes Varda, Andy Warhol, Gus Van Sant, Barbara Hammer, George Lucas, Les Blank, Matthew Buckingham, and James Benning.