Site-specific works on view at an ancient military base in Belgium

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Site-specific works on view at an ancient military base in Belgium
Installation view. Photo: Illias Teirlinck.

VILVOORDE.- Horst presents from 11 July to 5 September the summer exhibition Flying on the raven's wing, with work by Aline Bouvy (BE), Daan Gielis (BE), Leopold Banchini (CH), Rotor (BE), Sonia Gomes (BR), Rashid Johnson (US), Tarek Lakhrissi (FR), Grace Ndiritu (UK/KE) and Marinella Senatore (IT), curated by Evelyn Simons (BE).

Their contributions, mostly site-specific commissions, will adorn and reinvigorate the crumbling architecture of ASIAT (a former military base in Vilvoorde). Their works span video, audiovisual interventions, sculpture and installation. One of the highlights is a commissioned film by Grace Ndiritu, with a soundtrack by techno pioneer Jeff Mills.

The exhibition marks the new direction Horst is taking with its artistic programme, exponentially aimed at fostering connections with local communities that define the social and cultural fabric of the city of Vilvoorde. The location fits within the Horst ambition to activate the periphery by presenting contemporary art outside the conditioned white cube context, thus offering a high-quality artistic experience to a wide audience and to construct an inclusive story.

"After a year in which our interactions and sense-of-self have been defined and reduced by online meetings and digital avatar-like representation, the Horst exhibition celebrates the raw fleshiness of the human body. Protesting bodies; dancing bodies; love-making bodies; tripping bodies - the concept of bodies in alliance as a way to enforce empathy, solidarity and community. These notions are explored through collaborations with artists whose practices span a wide variety of mediums and research. Several works will result from participatory projects or will, in themselves, function as a meeting place". — Evelyn Simons - curator for Horst Arts & Music.

Horst continues to strive to open up evocative artistic experiences to a wide audience. Horst wants to present and mediate contemporary art outside the institutionalised white cube context. On the one hand this generates unique opportunities for experimentation for artists, while on the other hand, it marks our attempt to embed art into everyday life in a playful, yet urgent manner.

Flying on the raven’s wing is a cross-disciplinary Exhibition appropriating ASIAT in Vilvoorde as a site of new promises. The artistic interventions hover between autonomous artworks, inventive dancefloors, collaborative commissions and circular architecture.

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