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Atopolis - El Anatsui

13.06.2015/General, Gallery
Atopolis - El Anatsui
The title alludes to the ideas of Edouard Glissant, the influential thinker of hybridisation and globalisation who argues in favour of fluid identities, unhindered exchanges and an ideal cosmopolitan openness, which he calls the 'Relation.'
Twenty-three artists will temporarily install an atopolis, or a proposal for an ideal city. Amongst the new productions by Saâdane Afif, Nevin Aladağ, Danai Anesiadou, El Anatsui, David Medalla, Walter Swennen, and Jack Whitten, there will be hitherto unseen monographic presentations of Yto Barrada, Vincen Beeckman, Benoit Platéus, and Thomas Hirschhorn. Also featured will be works by Francis Alÿs, Walead Beshty, Huma Bhabha, Vlassis Caniaris, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Meschac Gaba, Jef Geys, Adrian Melis, and Diego Tonus, as well as specially commissioned contributions of Lawrence Weiner, Kapwani Kiwanga and Vincent Meessen.

The performative works such as Afif’s Corner Speaker in the streets of Mons, or Aladağ’s Music Room, will be regularly activated from June to October. Hirschhorn’s ‘laboratory’ will invite the audience to research and respond to it, and David Medalla will be working on a painting during a short residency in Mons. The complementary program will offer meetings with certain artists, guided visits with the curators, workshops for children, as well as screenings.

ATOPOLIS
13.06 – 18.10.2015

Curator: Dirk Snauwaert
Co-curator: Charlotte Friling
WIELS, Brussels
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