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VIEWING DEPOT EXH#02 – SPOTLIGHT
The past year was definitely not an easy one. Not only in terms of health – with Covid-19 and global lockdowns, this period was marked with tremendous social and political turmoil which strongly affected the curation of our new presentation.
VIEWING DEPOT EX#02 features iconic works by celebrated artists including Rudolf Stingel, Lorna Simpson, Bruce Nauman and Jason Rhoades. The presentation confronts different work and by doing so, reveals interesting angles where materiality and themes including identity, consumerism, urbanism, representation and political issues meet and are further explored.
The dialogue is to a greater extent complemented by work from emerging and relatively new artists, some of whom have never been exhibited in Belgium before, including Korakrit Arunanondchai, Anne Imhof and Marguerite Humeau whose oeuvres tackle current global issues – addressing the lack of representation and further investigate the realm of the possible.
SPOTLIGHT is a supplementary exhibition inside the main exhibition VIEWING DEPOT EX#02 that highlights the work of artists of color in the recent events of the Black Lives Matter Movement. The social movement seeks to highlight racism, discrimination and inequality experienced by black people and has had a significant impact that caused a paradigm shift on all levels of society on a global scale.
The art world, too, was made aware of its shortcomings and flaws. History has been dominated by whiteness – this also applies to Western art history and its deep-rooted canon, which are therefore unrepresentative and nonexclusive of minority groups. A more horizontal research approach was encouraged that translated to a greater visibility of work by contemporary artists of color in expos and fairs and the revisitation of more mature POC oeuvres, aiming to uncover blind spots in order to continue a more inclusive dialogue.
The VanhaerentsArtCollection wants to contribute to that dialogue and made a selection of works by new and established artists to address this issue and to celebrate art in all its diversity.