Last year, I was a part of the wonderful exhibition ‘Return to sender’ at Wiels, organized by KAOS.
101 well-known and lesser known artists sent an original postcard of their own making to KAOS, a Brussels-based non-profit organization aiming to break down the barriers between insiders andoutsiders in art and psychiatry. These unique postcards were shown last year in WIELS and will be auctioned to support the artist residency in psychiatry, that KAOS will organize this autumn for the first time in Belgium.
Now it’s time to auction off all our postcards.
The auction will take place in the beautiful Rotonde Bertouille in Bozar/Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels and will be led by Marianne Hoet on behalf of Christie’s. The works will soon be accessible via the KAOS website and you can see them on Saturday, October 3rd (10:00-18:00) and Sunday, October 4th (10:00-15:00) at Bozar.
Would you like to participate? Then register HERE.
Once more I have the pleasure of working together with KAOS vzw project.
After the duo exhibition ‘Intuition’ with photographer Lieven van Meulder, they now initiated a postcard project called ‘Return to sender’ which will open in contemporary art space Wiels this coming 17th of September in Brussels.
Artists with or without psychological sensitivities, more and lesser know, were sent blank postcards and asked to return them with their art on it. An impressive list of people did just that.
Dan Graham, Guillaume Bijl, Geert Goiris, Vaast Colson, Benjamin Verdonck, Lieven van Meulder, and me are just some of the artists participating.
As a pro skateboarder he always felt more an outsider and voyeur instead of participating in the drugs, booze and girls around him, yet realizing the life he was leading wasn’t ordinary, so he started documenting this and the people around him from 19994 onwards.
What I really love in his exhibition is the wall of women putting on make-up and looking at themselves in the mirror. Like an anthropological study on human behavior, in this case the beautification of a woman. He’s done so already with his series of teenage smokers and teenage kissers. It’s great to, on the one hand, see what triggers an artist and what is irresistible to the eye of a photographer. And on the other hand, see how different individuals act and behave in similar situations or how common gestures become personal and reveal very much about the person in the photograph.
So if and when in Antwerp…
This post is about a wonderful, young contemporary artist I met in Kabul. Shamsia Hassani. The first female graffiti artist of the country, member of the art collective Roshd and drawing/sculpture teacher at the Kabul University. Talk about a busy and creative woman.
Shamsia participated in a week-long workshop by British graffiti artist Chu in 2010 and has a love for this art form ever since. The streets of Afghanistan are not safe for a girl to wander. Shamsia is limited to spray her work in abandoned industrial spaces, on private walls of restaurants, art galleries and has since developed a digital way to continue developing her vision. She takes photographs of walls and spaces that she likes during the day and then digitally adds her graffiti to it on her computer.
Still very much a conservative and traditional society, it’s not common for women to venture out on the streets by themselves. Sadly, a lot of the women that do go out on the streets alone, face various forms of street harassment .
A lot of her work features women in bright blue burqa’s. But the female figures are represented in a much more feminine way. She uses the image to talk about women’s rights and the problems women in Afghanistan face. She changes the shape from sad to happy, because she feels women’s lives can also change for the better.
“For me art has lots of meaning. It’s like a kind of writing of my special alphabet of my inside. Every artist is like a country, every artist has a different kind of language, different rules. When one country writes something, people from another country can’t read it. They need translation. For example my alphabet are like the fish, the bubbles, the women in burqa, some colors that I always like to use. These elements are like my alphabet that I’m speaking and writing with… This way I can speak with my inside language.” Shamsia Hassani
Lastly, check out the wonderful video of Shamsia on the project website of Kabul a city at work, an incredible multi-media project, led by a joint international and Afghan crew collecting interviews, photographic portraits and video shorts of the people of Kabul in their working environments.