The Lieven Gevaert Research Centre is proud to announce the kick-off of a new journal, Focales. Our directors Professor Hilde Van Gelder (KU Leuven) and Professor Alexander Streitberger (Université catholique de Louvain) have joined the editorial board of this interesting new journal on photography.
Between order and disorder, finite and infinite, dispersal and arrangement, accumulation and categorization, memory and oblivion, useful and useless, a tension pulses in recent mutations of collecting and archiving. Should this ‘archive fever’ be seen as an archive inflation expanding the reign of commodification? Is a new form of archival time emerging? What do the nonconformist collecting and archiving practices adopted by contemporary artists say about the possibility of a different relationship to history, memory, and cultural heritage, that is, to the present and the future?
The LGC proudly announces the new publication of our most honored member Prof. Dr. Barbara Baert (Illuminare, KU Leuven; Franqui Prize, 2016) and Dr. Sophia Rochmes (Illuminare, KU Leuven; University of California, Santa Barbara). "Decapitation and Sacrifice. Saint John's Head in Interdisciplinary Perspectives: Text, Object, Medium," is the sixth volume of the series Art & Religion, published by Peeters.
"Panorama. A History of Modern Design in Belgium" is the exhibition curated by Katarina Serulus and Thierry Belenger. Javier Gimeno-Martinez, member of the LGC, and Katarina Serulus prepared the wonderful catalogue for this event.
T.J. Demos, professor in the Department of the History of Art and Visual Culture at the University of California, Santa Cruz, founder and director of the Center for Creative Ecologies, and our honourable LGC-member, published a new book with Sternberg Press: "Against the Anthropocene. Visual Culture and Environment Today." The book can be ordered via the website of Sternberg Press.
The LGC is proud to announce the exhibition of our member and artist, Wendy Morris, at Mu.ZEE in Ostend, Belgium.
In 1917 the SS Mendi sails across the English Channel towards France, laden with black South African soldiers. After a collision the ship sinks. Over 600 men drown and no one comes to their help. The disaster fades in the turmoil of the Great War that is raging.
In the context of the Bozar Art & Science project, which attempts to promote the interplay between artists and scientists, creating room for discussion on broad societal, global and local subjects, our co-director prof. Hilde Van Gelder will lecture during a workshop session. The main theme of this workshop will be the notion of time in the interaction of the arts and sciences. The imaginary time horizon is set to 2120.
The LGC is proud to present the exhibition "Allan Sekula. Collective Sisyphus," made in collaboration with the Fundació Antoni Tàpies in Barcelona. This exhibition draws a straight line between Fish Story (1989–95), one of his better-known photographic essays, and his last work Ship of Fools / The Dockers’ Museum. Along this line, we find Deep Six / Passer au bleu (1996–98) and the film The Lottery of the Sea (2006). In all of them Sekula laments the loss of the sea – with its connotations of danger and romanticism – thanks to a global economy that favours a connected world.
The exhibition Performing the Border presents artistic works which are not satisfied with the obvious and evident and choose to focus their attention beyond to the outside. In a present time, where large parts of the globe are marked by racism, isolation, restricted freedom of the press, and “post-factual” debates, the artists plot scenarios in which the dubious categories of the “own” and the “foreign” can become tangible for the viewer. They conceive the complex field of national, ethnic, social, digital, and sexual identity as a realm for experiment.
"You can constantly question my images: there are new stories in them every time" –Dirk Braeckman
Working with analogue photography, Dirk Braeckman explores the boundaries of his medium and challenges photographic conventions. His work reflects on the act of viewing and the status of the image.