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Servais Family Collection – Dérapages & Post-Bruises Imaginaries

Can we fight fatigue, myopia, the feeling of being powerless, legacies of the faulty maps of yesterday?

Can we find within the strata of reality seeds for a new consciousness, for a better understanding of the present?

What about some sparkles of a less gloomy future?

A sedimentation of very different artistic strategies from metaphoric to rebellious, from queering to ironic, the works selected from the vast Family Servais Collection for “DÉRAPAGES & POST-BRUISES IMAGINARIES” exhibition unfold a vocabulary of dissent so very necessary in a time characterized by social upheavals, by so many absurd political games and a jumble economy.

Works tackle topics like biopolitics, (new) rituals for revolutions, migration, tensions between the public & private spheres, ideological failures in recent history, hedonism, labor & oppressive market conditions, queer futurities, psycho capitalism etc.

The disturbing mood is settled from the first work visible in the exhibition: “{You Are} On The Wrong Side”, the reversed neon text of Pravdoliub Ivanov is installed in a way that places all visitors on the wrong side reaching beyond dichotomies such as west-east, north-south, challenging also a clear right – wrong cut.

Blending repulsion and fascination for affluent lifestyles and symbols of femininity, “The Great Revel of Hairy Harry Who Who: Orgy in the cellar” is a frontal critique fed by past encounters Athena Papadopoulos had with clientele of her father’s fur coat workshop, while Josh Kline’s installations “Contagious Unemployment (Many Thanks)” and “Deletion”, have an anticipatory force that leaves out the subjunctive.

The non-linear understanding of time in the “Air Freshener, Spray” artificial-life ecosystem of Chinese artist Guan Xiao that includes, among other elements, an enormous horizon-lightbox that could be likened to a giant pixel of hope is linked with “Panos” series of Mexican duo Tercerunquinto that achieves the semi-impossible: to transfer from the streets onto textile sheets the original power of graffiti as a menacing voice against injustices in a society marked by stormy relationship with authorities and pervasive corruption.

Dark realities unfold as stills of a larger narrative about local incidents and shocking images propagated by media in the expansive series of Tunisian visual artist and filmmaker Intissar Belaid – “Alif, Lam, Mym; Fragments from a ruminating existence” that is at once feminine, sharp and full of ominous shadows – , or as a violent and hypersexualised rendition of a cycle of life in the large drawing of Shine Shivan or in the works of Moris digging deep in places of all things illegal (rooster fights, drug cartels etc).

Hidden structures are exposed in works shaking grounds for political and social transformations:  Iman Issa proposes an unlikely, but necessary alternative monument “Material for a sculpture representing a bygone era of luxury and decadence” hinting at a crumbling reality, while Liu Chang initiates radical exchanges such as “Buying Everything on You (Yuan Wenhao)” in order to outline portraits of migrant workers searching for a better life in China’s new cities; “Vistas, Mist and Clarity” by Apparatus 22 distills an intensive 24 hour observatory of a privileged corner of London into an abrasive multilayered speculative still life installation, while Heather Dewey-Hagborg’s use of latest technologies to generate 3D printed life size portraits of strangers based on their DNA opens both to the emancipatory potential such tools have, but also to their limitations and disturbing biases.

Through progressive dérapages and glitches within the norms, the exhibition cracks reality in search of some light, of common spaces where struggles can be shared, of plural worlds enunciated again as ways to regain something we thought was already lost.

Echoes of utopia are rearranged as yet another chance in “Geometria” video work of Ivan Argote, in the areas of vernacular inventiveness in “When Cardboard Repairs Plastic” installation of Kader Attia or in the visually loud, insistent and urgent solidarity of Kudzanai Chiurai’s “REVELATIONS III” photography.

Post-bruises imaginaries are summoned as crucial acts of dissidence and hope.

In this Online Exhibition we present works from the Servais Family Collection on view at The Loft in Brussels, on display 20.04.18 – 17.02.19.

Text by Dragos Olea

Exhibition view (ground floor) Derapages & Post-Bruises Imaginaries. © Hugard & Vanoverschelde photography
Exhibition view (ground floor) Derapages & Post-Bruises Imaginaries. © Hugard & Vanoverschelde photography
GUAN XIAO, Air Freshner, Spray, 2017. © Hugard & Vanoverschelde photography
GUAN XIAO, Air Freshner, Spray, 2017. © Hugard & Vanoverschelde photography
PETER BUGGENHOUT, The Blind leading the Blind #34, 2009. © Hugard & Vanoverschelde photography
PETER BUGGENHOUT, The Blind leading the Blind #34, 2009. © Hugard & Vanoverschelde photography
Exhibition view (second floor) Derapages & Post-Bruises Imaginaries with works by KHADIM ALI, Transition / Evacuation 3, 2014; DRAGOS ALEXANDRESCU, Exercising failure, 2014; IVAN ARGOTE, Geometria, 2012; KADER ATTIA, When Cardboard Repairs Plastic # 5, 2016;  GIUSEPPE UNCINI, Cementarmato n. 5, 1960. © Hugard & Vanoverschelde photography
Exhibition view (second floor) Derapages & Post-Bruises Imaginaries with works by KHADIM ALI, Transition / Evacuation 3, 2014; DRAGOS ALEXANDRESCU, Exercising failure, 2014; IVAN ARGOTE, Geometria, 2012; KADER ATTIA, When Cardboard Repairs Plastic # 5, 2016; GIUSEPPE UNCINI, Cementarmato n. 5, 1960. © Hugard & Vanoverschelde photography
Exhibition view (second floor) Derapages & Post-Bruises Imaginaries with works by KADER ATTIA, When Cardboard Repairs Plastic # 5, 2016; GIUSEPPE UNCINI, Cementarmato n. 5, 1960. © Hugard & Vanoverschelde photography
Exhibition view (second floor) Derapages & Post-Bruises Imaginaries with works by KADER ATTIA, When Cardboard Repairs Plastic # 5, 2016; GIUSEPPE UNCINI, Cementarmato n. 5, 1960. © Hugard & Vanoverschelde photography
Exhibition view (second floor) Derapages & Post-Bruises Imaginaries with work by APPARATUS 22, Vistas, Mist and Clarity, 2017. © Hugard & Vanoverschelde photography
Exhibition view (second floor) Derapages & Post-Bruises Imaginaries with work by APPARATUS 22, Vistas, Mist and Clarity, 2017. © Hugard & Vanoverschelde photography
HEATHER DEWEY-HAGBORG, Stranger Visions, Sample 3, NYC, 2013. © Hugard & Vanoverschelde photography
HEATHER DEWEY-HAGBORG, Stranger Visions, Sample 3, NYC, 2013. © Hugard & Vanoverschelde photography
Exhibition view (second floor) Derapages & Post-Bruises Imaginaries with works by SHINE SHIVAN, Khoon Saja Lothda, 2014; MORIS, Morir Gallo III, 2012. © Hugard & Vanoverschelde photography
Exhibition view (second floor) Derapages & Post-Bruises Imaginaries with works by SHINE SHIVAN, Khoon Saja Lothda, 2014; MORIS, Morir Gallo III, 2012. © Hugard & Vanoverschelde photography
MORIS, Morir Gallo III, 2012. © Hugard & Vanoverschelde photography
MORIS, Morir Gallo III, 2012. © Hugard & Vanoverschelde photography
Exhibition view (first floor) Derapages & Post-Bruises Imaginaries with works by INTISSAR BELAID, Alif, Lam, Mym; Fragments from a ruminating existence, 2017;  HASANUL ISYRAF IDRIS, WPV Sanctuary, Habibi Shingles Market, 2016. © Hugard & Vanoverschelde photography
Exhibition view (first floor) Derapages & Post-Bruises Imaginaries with works by INTISSAR BELAID, Alif, Lam, Mym; Fragments from a ruminating existence, 2017; HASANUL ISYRAF IDRIS, WPV Sanctuary, Habibi Shingles Market, 2016. © Hugard & Vanoverschelde photography
Exhibition view (first floor) Derapages & Post-Bruises Imaginaries with works by LIU CHANG, Buying Everything on You (Yuan Wenhao), 2009; INTISSAR BELAID, Alif, Lam, Mym; Fragments from a ruminating existence, 2017. © Hugard & Vanoverschelde photography
Exhibition view (first floor) Derapages & Post-Bruises Imaginaries with works by LIU CHANG, Buying Everything on You (Yuan Wenhao), 2009; INTISSAR BELAID, Alif, Lam, Mym; Fragments from a ruminating existence, 2017. © Hugard & Vanoverschelde photography
LIU CHUANG, Buying Everything on You (Yuan Wenhao), 2009. © Hugard & Vanoverschelde photography
LIU CHUANG, Buying Everything on You (Yuan Wenhao), 2009. © Hugard & Vanoverschelde photography
EMMANUEL VAN DER AUWERA, Videos Sculpture XII (Everything Now Is Measured By After), 2016. © Hugard & Vanoverschelde photography
EMMANUEL VAN DER AUWERA, Videos Sculpture XII (Everything Now Is Measured By After), 2016. © Hugard & Vanoverschelde photography
Exhibition view (ground floor) Derapages & Post-Bruises Imaginaries with works by ATHENA PAPADOPOULOS, The Great Revel of Hairy Harry Who Who: Orgy in the cellar, 2015; RADA BOUKOVA, Vitrines, 2014;  TERCERUNQUINTO, Panos, 2017. © Hugard & Vanoverschelde photography
Exhibition view (ground floor) Derapages & Post-Bruises Imaginaries with works by ATHENA PAPADOPOULOS, The Great Revel of Hairy Harry Who Who: Orgy in the cellar, 2015; RADA BOUKOVA, Vitrines, 2014; TERCERUNQUINTO, Panos, 2017. © Hugard & Vanoverschelde photography
Exhibition view (ground floor) Derapages & Post-Bruises Imaginaries with works by GUAN XIAO, Air Freshner, Spray, 2017; JOSH, Deletion, 2016. © Hugard & Vanoverschelde photography
Exhibition view (ground floor) Derapages & Post-Bruises Imaginaries with works by GUAN XIAO, Air Freshner, Spray, 2017; JOSH, Deletion, 2016. © Hugard & Vanoverschelde photography
PRAVDOLIUB IVANOV, You Are..., 2016. © Hugard & Vanoverschelde photography
PRAVDOLIUB IVANOV, You Are..., 2016. © Hugard & Vanoverschelde photography

The Servais Family Collection is included in the Art Guide.

View the previous hang of the Servais Family Collection here.