Norwegian Wood

9/3 - 30/3/2019

Opening: 9/3/2019 16-19

Thu, Fri and Sat 13-17

France Dubois, the photographer takes us into a sphere of vulnerability in her Norwegian Wood series.  A body with gossamer skin stands out against a black backdrop, echoing the dark landscapes of an uncharted forest. The artist summons nature's mysterious powers as a remedy for the invisible ills of our lives.

The viewer crosses these Nordic landscapes like a lost traveller, branches snapping under his or her feet with pale lights, ghosts or good spirits dancing in the air. 

Is this body which seems to be struggling to ward off an unknown evil suffering from sadness, pain or melancholy? Little by little, the perception changes, seeing what the eyes would have been unable to distinguish a moment before. The glints of light amongst the shadows of the tree show a path towards another world. 

The body leaves this existence, to slip into another dimension, the door to which is at the very heart of these landscapes. A stag's antlers held in strong hands becomes a talisman for this initiating rite towards new self-knowledge.

France Dubois captures these moments where the barrier between the physical and spiritual world are removed, inviting the viewer to a mysterious and regenerating ceremony. She uses the vulnerability of our bodies to evoke the huge force for introspection and artistic creation.  

Marie Lagarde

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REVOLVER!

Performance by Maija Heiskanen

14th, 15th and 16th of February at 7pm

REVOLVER! Not the right time Perfect timing It makes you feel There’s something Going on Beneath Ships coming in At the shore Travelling towards Regardless

Revolver! is a performance, a poetic riot, a turn over referring to Voltairine de Cleyre’s ideas on feminism, anarchism and liberty or Manon Garcia’s ideas on women consent to submission.

Revolver! is a weapon, a way for a woman, a mother and a performance artist to question, to revolve in a patriarchal society, Revolver! rotates in the opposite direction as Earth’s sister Venus.

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Maija Heiskanen is a performance artist. She studied first theater at the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis and later on at the University of Paris 8 St Denis and became an actress playing in several contemporary theater and dance plays in France before she entered in Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’art, Villa Arson and received her Master’s Degree in Fine Arts in 2017. 

Her work is autobiographical and repeats episodes of her life as they are resurfacing today. An underlying fictive figure of her’s is “La Mariée”. Referring to a perfect feminine figure of a supposed to be a woman, she deconstructs it. She uses this matrimonial symbol sometimes even in a pathetic and sentimental way to activate an exorcisme, to get out of a vicious cercle, to liberate and to sculpte a cruel, naked and true version of a female artist today.

Ines Laukkanen: Beneath the Surface

17/11 - 15/12/2018

Opening 17/11/2018 17-20

Ines Laukkanen is a Finnish artist living and working in Antwerp. She graduated with a master’sdegree in fine arts from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp in 2017. The human figure is central in her work, as she examines the human condition with a psychological approach. Her work is a visual study of the layers of the human psyche. She aims to uncover what lies beneath the surface of human beings and everyday existence through painting. She is especially interested in the unconscious mind and works with themes such as the uncanny; a state of horror after repressed feelings surface and the intellectual uncertainty towards the opposition of the familiar to the unfamiliar. By using metaphors such as distortions in the image and dream-like scenes and atmosphere her aim is to create an eerie feeling of alienation, like the uncanny, which results to psychological tension between the work and the spectator. She works with oil paint on canvas, following classical ways of figurative painting that collide with abstract distortions of the image. Inspired by the language of film, especially those of Andrei Tarkovsky and David Lynch, she aims to create film-still like images where the spectator has a nearly voyeuristic view of the subject. With great sensitivity to the materiality of oil paint, she experiments with the paint as a metaphor for the themes in her work.

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You might give

Concept and performance: Meri Pajunpää & Simon Verheylesonne

Performance combining dance and visual art where the audience follows closely the journey of two performers, who are constantly creating and reshaping an artificial landscape, only made out of fabric. They attempt to represent an idealized interpretation of nature.

“While taking the audience into our imaginary world we are shifting their perception on what is taking shape in front of them.

The confrontation with untouched nature is seen by us as the ultimate spiritual experience. We want to see what happens when we transfer that almost religious admiration towards nature into the artificial material that we are shaping on stage. Throughout the history, humans have had the need to make representations of nature, as if it was something apart from us. We are not separate from nature, we are nature. This contradiction gives the frame for our work, as we play between being the viewer, the storyteller and the subject of the situation.

In history the nature has also served as the source for stories and myths. Storytelling has opened the window for people to find mystery within the natural. Fabrics contain the qualities of concealing and revealing. They also carry a potential for mystery in them. We are fascinated by how through using these elements we can create small universes with limited space and material.

Our relation with the material we use is determined according to each desired situation. In some scenes the fabric is given a sacred value in order to perform ritual-like actions, in others it serves as a playful object in which the movement can leave traces. One of our questions is, how is a human body relating itself to the nature around itself, and what happens if this 'nature' is constantly shifting? How can we embody this transformation through movement? If nature is in constant transformation, then movement is the one unifying thing that is present in all organic forms. From the movement within a cell to the movement within a human body to the movement within an ecosystem to the movement within a galaxy.”

Performances on 10th and 11th of May, 7.00 pm at K41, rue Keyenveld, 41 1050 Brussels

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BlackSpot

BlackSpot is a creative space (and time) growing from the minds and bodies of Boris Cossio (dance, choreography), Blanca Prieto (baroque violin), Rebecca Lefèvre (viola da gamba) and Eneko Urizar (poet). We started working together in early 2017; dancing and playing music, moving and being moved. We record ourselves, analyze, select the material and build upon in order to tell stories. Recently, we have finished our first piece and performed it in few places in Belgium and in Italy. The piece involves acting, dancing and playing live music on the stage. It sits at the crossroad of written and improvised work. We plan to invite other artists and collaborate with them in our incoming projects.

Performances on 17,  20, and 21. March, 7.00 pm at K41, rue Keyenveld, 41 1050 Brussels

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Identity

11/11-16/12/2017

Opening 11/11/2017    17-21

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Photo "Sauna folks" by Jussi Puikkonen

Krista Autio, Miklos Gaal, Niklas Hallman, Raija Heikkilä, Miikka Heinonen, Tanja Konstenius, Ines Laukkanen, Kaisu Lundelin, Mikko Paakkola, Anni Paunila, Jussi Puikkonen, Anssi Pulkkinen, Anna-Maija Rissanen, Heidi Romo, Paavo Räbinä, Arttu Sailo, Elina Salminen, Carita Savolainen, Ulla Shemeikka, Vilja Tamminen, Taira Tiger, Riikka Wesamaa

Identity, from Greek Identitas, is a very rich and fascinating concept. It suggests both uniqueness and sameness: the uniqueness of an individual having his or her own character, history or fingerprint that makes it remain the same in spite of its constant transformation throughout the trials of its life; and the sameness between a person and other individuals of a same group, community, country or region. While it has been addressed in many ways in literature and philosophy the crucial concept of identity still remains mysterious and attractive and has inspired many artists who are also confronted with identify questions or identity crisis. Who am I? "Me, me, me and me; through me, about me, for me, of me... I, I, I and I. I am. I am not"*. Do I live or miss my true self? Am I myself? What am I doing here? Such questions may lead to baffling and surprising art works. 

This exhibition has been a common achievement of several Finnish artists either already established or emerging talents who have accepted to play with the universal and multifaceted theme of this exhibition. The fact that they are all Finnish and live either in Finland or in other places in Europe adds as an additional spice i.e. the question of the "Finnishness" or not.

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* Kaisu Lundelin

 

Riikka Kuoppala: And that's all I remember

01/06-01/07/2017

Opening 01/06/2017   18-21

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Riikka Kuoppala: And That's All I Remember

And That's All I Remember in K41 is the Finnish artist Riikka Kuoppala's first exhibition in Belgium. It consists of two video works, which both look at a specific time in the recent history of Finland seen from today's perspective, and archive photographs taken by her grandfather in Namibia in the 1950's.

"I believe that what we try to hide does not leave us, but will instead keep growing in our attic, under the bed and behind the closet, until it breaks out and takes up all the space. I dust out and bring to daylight two blurry realities from Finnish history, ones that the nation might not want to remember as it celebrates its 100th birthday this year.

The installation And That's All I remember in the ground floor looks for traces of Finnish missionaries in Owamboland, North Namibia. I traveled to Namibia in 2014 in the footprints of my grandparents who spent there four years doing missionary work. In the video, five Namibians tell about the sudden death of my grandmother Eila Plathan-Saarinen, a young missionary doctor, in the Nakayale village in 1954. Many questions remain unanswered as every person has their own way to remember things. What were Finns doing in Namibia anyway, baptizing Namibians with Finnish names?

In the fictional short film Singing for Lenin in the basement of K41 I look at the 1970's Finnish communist movement Taistolaisuus from the point of view of my own generation, those born in the early 1980's. The main characters of the film spend time in an old house going through archives and trying to find hidden entry points to the past. One of the most important questions of my film is whether we can ever understand the period that ended not long before we were born, but that still was so near that it inevitably has had an impact in our identities. The script is partly based on interviews made with former members of the Taistolaisuus movement. They draw a polyphonic image of the breaking of a utopia, wondering if the common goal ever existed in the first place."

Riikka Kuoppala received her M.F.A from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2010 and studied in the post-graduate programme of Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains in 2013-2015. Kuoppalaʼs work has been exhibited at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin; Le MAGASIN, Grenoble; Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, LMCCʼs Arts Center, New York City; the Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen and her films have been screened in museums, galleries and film festivals such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Ludwig Museum, Budapest; Loop Video Art Festival, Barcelona; Oberhausen Short Film Festival and Tampere Film Festival. This year Kuoppala participates in the Gothenburg Biennial. She lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. And That's All I Remember is Riikka Kuoppala's first solo exhibition in Belgium. The exhibition continues K41's nordiKeye exhibition series, curated by Krista Autio. 

 

Some that is the case

18/04-27/05/2017

Some that is the case

A thematic exhibition of video works and installations

This exhibition is part of the Reports from badlands project, curated by Zsolt Kozma

The Reports from badlands project endeavours to present a series of thematic exhibitions, where artistic positions and practices across geographical, social and sometimes historical divides offer perspectives of and insights into globally relevant subjects.

The first exhibition, Some that is the case, showcases videos and video installations by three internationally highly acclaimed artists, 

- video maker and Nam June Paik award nominee Eike Berg (Hungary-Germany), 

- legendary video artist, 2009 Venice Biennale participant Péter Forgács (Hungary),

- documenta X and 1993 Venice Biennale participant Philip Pocock (Canada-Germany). 

Personal visual diaries, Pocock’s digital travelogue presented at the 1993 Venice Biennale, and Forács’s philosophical journey across time via vintage home videos explore the themes of migration, personal history and individual memory versus community history.

More about the artists

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www.philippocock.net

Krista Autio: "am I supposed to be a better person"

 

04/03-08/04/2017

“Am I supposed to be a better person”, “Am I good enough for this life”, “Am I able to trust myself” – these questions, painted with familiar-looking font types break the beautiful large monochrome surfaces of the canvases and dominate the painterly spaces in Krista Autio’s new exhibition at the K41.

However, on a second look, one comes to realize that the sentences do not end with a question mark – nor do they with a full stop for that matter.  Rather, they stand there without punctuation, like entries in a catalogue of verbal expressions of everyday anxieties, fear and self-doubt.

Likewise, the large images of wigs, skirts, female underwear, dresses, jeans single letters, circles and words hang on the wall arranged neatly, like in a wardrobe.  You stand puzzled in front of this inventory of clothes, shapes, letters and words – all of them can concern you, all are the same size to fit all. Not to remain naked and defenseless, you need to put on some of those every day. Trying to find the outfit, the attributes that go best with the personality you take on each day “to meet the faces that you meet” – to borrow T. S. Eliot’s words. You need to select the right garments, but then you will not be able to escape the accessory dilemmas, questions, worries, fears and perplexities for all sorts of occasions and moods either.

All this comes on attractive surfaces, painted with direct colours, which adds even more to the tension – what you see is appealing and disquieting at the same time. Luckily, Autio’s characteristic sense of proportion and balance is present here too visually, emotionally and intellectually as well. While the straightforwardness of presentation sucks you in, just to find yourself entangled in a web of intellectual questions, emotional-psychological dilemmas and rebel cries about identity, womanhood, humanity, gender roles, ethnicity and other issues, Autio’s humor and subtle sarcasm always allows you to step back and take a deep breath of relief – before you step up to the wardrobe to get dressed again…

Text by Zsolt Kozma

Krista Autio has been working as an artist from mid-1990s. Her works have been shown in Finland, France, Spain, USA and Belgium in a number of galleries and public spaces. In Belgium, Autio’s paintings have been presented at venues including Tache-Levy Gallery, Jozsa Gallery, BOZAR and De Garage.

Autio’s painting exhibition "am I supposed to be a better person" opens the K41’s nordiKeye -program.

www.kristaautio.com