A debate about photography in Brussels, fashion in Antwerp, a concert in Ghent, digital culture in Namur, and more. See you there!
Debate: Photography in 2050 at Campus Sint-Lukas
Wednesday, 5 November, 19h00 Brussels
Moderated by Maarten Vanvolsem, Spanish photographer Joan Fontcuberta, winner of the 2013 Hasselblad award, and philosopher Sue Johnny Golding will discuss the future of photography at Brussels’ Sint-Lukas school. Their complementary backgrounds and multifaceted experiences will surely make for an interesting debate. Entrance is free!
Shopping: Antwerp’s Belmodo Fashion Days
From 3 to 9 November Antwerp
If you want to get your hands on some low-priced Belgian designer pieces from the last season or more current samples, the Belmodo Fashion Days are the perfect occasion to do so. For the whole week you can rummage through creations by La Fille d’O, Dries Van Noten, Ann Demeulemeester, Tim Van Steenbergen and many others. Shop till you drop!
Concert: Spoon at Vooruit
Wednesday, 5 November Ghent
After a four year hiatus the Austin natives are finally back with a new band member and a fantastic new album, their eighth: “They Want My Soul”. “It’s Costello, Lennon, Can, and the Cure. It’s all-knowing and hopelessly fallible, mysterious with a purpose. It’s going to be crushed by life and love, and it’s going to endure”, Pitchfork gushes. So don’t you dare to miss the brilliant rock quintet live on stage at Ghent’s Vooruit this Wednesday.
Opening: Gina Pane at Delire Gallery
Thursday, 6 November Brussels
Gina Pane, who died in 1990 in Paris, was one of the most daring and provocative artists of her generation. As a founder of the so-called Body Art movement in the 70s, she was one of the first artists to incorporate her own body into her artistic practice, using self-inflicted injuries and performances as a means of artistic expression. Brussels’ Delire Gallery now presents, in 27 pieces, her performance “The Action of a Sequence in Images: Le secret“ from 1976. Not to miss!
Last days: Yann Gerstberger at Sorry We’re Closed
Until 10 November Brussels
With “Guerre du feu Style” Brussels’ Sorry We’re Closed showcases a selection of works by French-born, Mexico-based artist Yann Gerstberger. Combining traditional production methods such as the so-called “la grana cochinilla“ with today’s consumer culture, his colorful carpets reveal a mixture of manifold graphic influences from Moroccan tapestries to Mexican comics. “Even though they are tapestries I refer to them as collages. It’s flat 3D, if you want”, says the artist himself.
Music: KIKK Festival meets Beautés Soniques at Grand Manège
Thursday, 6 November, 20h00 Namur
Namur’s KIKK Festival, a two-day event dedicated to digital culture, teams up with music bash Beautés Soniques for what promises to be a truly great night. On Thursday they’re throwing a party together bringing the brilliant electronic producer Slow Magic to the Wallonian capital. Also live on stage: Lucrecia Dalt and Forma X.
Art project: TL confronteert at Galerie Gevaert and Andre Demedtshuis
Until 23 November Wielsbeke & Zwevezele
New art initiatives are blooming in Belgium, and freshly founded art collective TL is one of them, aiming at offering a multi-disciplinary platform for visual and the performing arts as well as blowing some fresh air into the art scene of West and East Flanders. TL not only organizes exhibitions but also creates its own artworks, and currently you can discover their project “TL confronteert” via two exhibitions in the towns of Wielsbeke and Zwevezele.
Last days: Paper Works at Tatjana Pieters
Until 9 November Ghent
With “Paper Works” Ghent’s Tatjana Pieters Gallery celebrates all things paper, exploring it as a means of artistic expression and revealing its possibilities and limitations. 20 different Belgian and international artists including the likes of Derek Sullivan, Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson and Kasper Bosmans present everything from sculptures and installations to paintings and drawings.
Exhibition: Spank Moons at Galerie Schoots+Van Duyse and Galerij Verbeeck – Van Dijk
Until 15 November Antwerp
Inspired by the loan of Caravaggio’s “Madonna di Loreto” to Antwerp’s MAS, Galerie Schoots+Van Duyse and Galerij Verbeeck – Van Dijk both present exhibitions featuring the works of contemporary Antwerp artist Spank Moons, whose practice is heavily influenced by the Italian Baroque painter. His photographs and video works reminisce Caravaggio’s theatrical mise-en- scenes, visual language and examination of human relationships.