24.07.20 – 27.09.20

Mirrors of Time

See Jan van Eyck Academie former participants Tatiana Istomina and Mehdi-Georges Lahlou's work at Kasteel Oud-Rekem from 24.07 - 27.09.2020

Curated by Annemie van Laethem and Erik Croux, the exhibition Mirrors of Time brings together works by some 25 artists. Mirroring their love for visual art, the exhibition refelcts on developments within the contemporary.

Tatiana Istomina is a Russian-born artist working in New York. Her practice consists of finding, collecting and creating images, objects and films related to various histories. She plays the role of a researcher, archivist, chronicler and occasionally, a detective, reconstructing missing connections, probable causes and hidden consequences of ongoing and past events that differ widely in scale and character. Some of them are part of actual histories, others involve imaginary characters, and some others are entirely fictional. In constructing or reconstructing such stories, Istomina is confronting some fundamental questions: What things are true? What things are not? How can we tell the difference? What is the relationship between a thing, an image, and an idea?  What are the laws that lay down who can talk, and who should stay silent? What can be said? And in what way?

Mehdi-Georges Lahlou lives and works in Brussels, Maastricht and Casablanca. His work ranges from performance, sculpture, photagraphy and drawing. In his artistic practice, Lahlou deals with the body, space and memory evoquing cultural references, religious beliefs or social attributes. For him, the concern is to revisit all of them from the perspective of critical practices and the various processes that characterize contemporary art. He questions certain taboos and beliefs of our societies, whether they be moral, religious, philosophical, political, social, cultural or aesthetic.


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