FLACC Workplace for Visual Artists, Genk is pleased to present the exhibition Time to Destination, hosted by Komplot, from October 2 through October 31, 2009. Time to Destination is the first exhibition in Brussels featuring artists who developed projects commissioned by FLACC. The participating artists are Isoje Chou, Saddie Choua, Sylvie Macias Diaz and Heidi Voet.
The preview is held on Friday, October 2, 2009, 6-10 pm at Zennestraat 17 rue de la Senne, in the presence of the artists.
Time to Destination is a presentation of some of the projects developed by artists commissioned by FLACC. All creations embody cultural and social aspects of history and focus on notions of origin and destination. The title refers to the historical layering of various extraordinary geopolitical events, such as the creation of the garden city movement, shifts in migration patterns in Belgium, and the formation of artificial landscapes in the aftermath of the mine closures.
Last summer, Heidi Voet realised her project Endless lightness (2009) on a mining site in Waterschei, Genk. Some thirty volunteers formed a breathing air and water sculpture. Comprising the point of departure is the anti-war memorial Endless Column (1918) by the Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi. The recurring motif of the original sculpture is transformed into a horizontal line of white lifesavers. Lightness, a way of looking at the world, compensates for the weight of the landscape.
The emergence of domesticity is a remarkable development in the history of the Western family. Sylvie Macias Diaz develops visual strategies that refer to the ideologies of domesticity and the model family in a suburban environment. During her work period in FLACC she created installations with models that refer to the history of the interior and to modernist design. At the same time she photographed numerous houses dating from the 1920s in the garden city of Waterschei, in the immediate vicinity of FLACC.
In The Combative Widows(De strijdlustige weduwen/Les veuves joyeuses, 2007) Saddie Choua looks back to the Marcinelle mining disaster of 1956, by way of filmed portraits of three Italian widows. The disaster had a profound impact on Belgian migration history. The 1946 agreement between Belgium and Italy was abandoned, as a result of which workers were brought in from Spain, Greece, Morocco and Turkey. Here Saddie Choua presents an interpretation of the theatre piece Via by the group Koreja, performed in southern Italy.
As part of her project Despair and in collaboration with two African immigrants in Brussels, Isoje Chou produced the film Elizabeth and Birgette (2009)inspired by Bessie Head’s A Question of Power. Despair is the total absence of hope. But ultimately, despair bubbles just below the surface of hope; the two states of mind are, in fact, intimately related. They are connected with movement, anxiety and discontent, manifested through the individual’s struggle with identity in the midst of larger social issues.