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De loin aussi d’ici

Michael Dans
Danny Devos
Emilia Ukkonen
Erik Van Lieshout
Emmanuel Van der Auwera
invited by HELD

13 December 2015 – 14 February 2016
Thursday, Friday, Saturday 14.00 – 18.00, Sunday on appointment only

Opening: Sunday 13 December 2015, 14.00 – 18.00
Finissage: Sunday 14 February 2016, 14.00 – 18.00

Leopoldplaats 12 (2nd floor) 2000 Antwerpen
+32 474 578 846

Nadat Marion De Cannière verschillende jaren een galerie had aan het Zuid in Antwerpen waar ze Belgische en buitenlandse kunstenaars toonde en ondersteunde, verandert ze haar activiteit dit jaar in die van een non-profit artspace, gevestigd aan de Leopoldplaats, in het centrum van de stad. Geukens & De Vil, eerder ook gevestigd aan het Zuid in Antwerpen, vestigt zich in hetzelfde gebouw op de eerste verdieping. mariondecannière artspace en Geukens & De Vil willen heel graag gezamenlijk pers en publiek uitnodigen op de openingen van hun tentoonstellingen en projecten. 

mariondecannière artspace biedt een platform aan onafhankelijke curatoren die samenwerken met zowel beginnende als met meer gevestigde kunstenaars. Dit eerste seizoen 2015-2016 bijt HELD (Wilfried Huet, Dirk Engelen, Stella Lohaus en Isabel Devriendt) de spits af.

Voor deze tweede tentoonstelling in mariondecannière artspace nodigt HELD onder de titel ‘De loin aussi d’ici’ (Christian Dotremont) vijf kunstenaars uit die de donkere kant van het leven op een heel eigen en heel diverse manier tot uiting brengen.

La pratique multiforme de Michael Dans (né en 1971 en Belgique) s’étend de l’installation au dessin et à la photographie et varie du monumental à l’intimiste. Ce qui relie ses divers projets est un humour plutôt gothique, qui se traduit par le recours à des imageries comme les cercueils, les squelettes et autres images crues comme celles que l’on peut voir sur son blog photographique, L'Enfer.
The multiform practice of Micheal Dans consists of installations, drawings, photography and varies between monumentality and intimtiy. All his different projects have in common a  sort of gothic humor, that is translated in images of skelets, graves and other cruel images

Emilia Ukkonen has studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki and at the Royal Institute of Arts in Stockholm. She works currently in Helsinki and Turku, Finland but she can also be seen in many other European metropolis. Emilia Ukkonen’s work has been exhibited both in Finland and abroad, for example Kunsthalle Helsinki, Design Museum Helsinki, Helsinki City Art Museum Kluuvi gallery, Prague Triennale and Galerie Crèvecoeur in Paris. She uses moving mages as her main tool, but is equally comfortable working with other mediums. Emilia Ukkonen received the Finnish artist association Palokärki-prize in 2008. 
Monologue. A self-absorbed man is having a verbal diarrhea. He expounds upon his narcissistic observations during a meal to an unseen and silent dinner companion, repeating himself ad nauseum, oblivious to the discomfort of the audience.
The Lost Dog video came out of a social art project of my own--and I genuinely did want to reach the people behind those telephone numbers on the posters.  So how does a social art project turn into a series harassment phone calls? Was this just one of many social projects gone wrong?
Lately I have found myself forced to wonder about the validity, even the viability of social-art projects; found myself forced to wonder about the attitudes and ideologies underlying the demand on artists to interact directly with a public that is assumed to be somehow unenlightened and that is presumed to need something 'useful' from the artist; and I find myself questioning the idea of artists being cast in the role of social workers, educators and facilitators of culture.  Perhaps the broader public is better left alone to choose what--if anything--they do or do not want from art; and, when there is something they do want, perhaps we can simply let them ask for it rather than trying to tell them what it is. If there is such a thing and the voice of the public-- and if artists wish to hear it--perhaps it is better just to listen.

Erik van Lieshout , ‘UP!’, 2005. Dv transferred to dvd/ dv overgezet naar dvd, colour, sound, 18 minutes/kleur, geluid, 18 minuten. Wood/hout. Courtesy the artist/courtesy de kunstenaar

Dutch artist Erik van Lieshout (Deurne, 1968) makes cartoonish drawings, collages and films that are part documentary, part staged performance. He focusses on personal and political circumstances and transgresses boundaries: to open his weakest and most embarrassing points and reveal societies painful issues.
Recent solo exhibitions include: “I’m in Heaven” at Anton Kern Gallery New York and “Private View” at Maureen Paley, London. Recent group exhibitions include: “Political Populism” at Kunsthalle Wien, “Duh?” at Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea, “Scenes for a New Heritage: Contemporary Art from the Collection” at MOMA New York and Manifesta10 in the Hermitage in Saint Petersbourg.