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Until Sun 05 January

Open Skies

Wiels - Contemporary art centre
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Open Skies Leander Schönweger, Our Family Lost, 2017. Mixed media installation at the 15th Istanbul Biennial. Photo: Sahir Uğur Eren.


Open Skies is an exhibition that challenges the ever louder call for transparency in society. It does so through the contributions of seven artists who explore our public and private spaces of supposed freedom.

Today, the demands of transparency are far-reaching: expose, identify and align oneself, trade intimacy and authenticity for control, profit or security. Things become transparent when they lose their ambivalence, which could be seen as a positive quality in certain domains. In the core of human life, however, no-one can be transparent, even to themselves. The philosopher Byung-Chul Han in his manifesto The Transparency Society, has made a counterclaim for mystery, shadow, and nuance as forms of resistance.

Open Skies takes a closer look at the ways these artists seek to elude the reign of the like-button, evade the elevator pitch or entangle the reductive statement of intent. Instead, they create works that ambiguously play with veils and masks, codes and currencies, projections and fantasies. Some works employ a layering of images, stripping and deconstructing standardized tropes to provide alternative realities. Others question the supposed transparency of language, revelling in its slippages.

Luiza Crosman, Helen Dowling, Toon Fibbe, Naïmé Perrette, Leander Schönweger, Emmanuel Van der Auwera & Jelena Vanoverbeek

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Friday, September 27, 2019 — Sunday, January 5, 2020


Wiels - Contemporary art centre

Avenue Van Volxem, 354
1190 Forest

T. +32 2 340 00 50 


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Monday Closed
Tuesday from 11:00 to 18:00
Wednesday from 11:00 to 18:00
Thursday from 11:00 to 18:00
Friday from 11:00 to 18:00
Saturday from 11:00 to 18:00
Sunday from 11:00 to 18:00


Wiels - Contemporary art centre

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