Dreams of civic life, false promises and maybe some true ones too. Working within the ‘web of human relations’, as Hannah Arendt put it, the exhibition Citoyenne Reprise offers us landscapes and stories of public life and sense of place as revealed by our alumnus Jeremiah Day’s collaborative, personal and improvisational approach.
Citoyenne Reprise approaches contemporary events with one eye on history and the other on “Fridays For Future”. Stories of politics and civics, artists and activists are being captured and challenge us to find our place in the landscape of our close struggles and broader forces. Forests and streams, occupations and strikes, “fake news” and true secrets: what is the landscape of civic action today? A forest at Arlon was bulldozed in recent weeks, after a largely ignored occupation by young civic actors. The center piece of the exhibition Citoyenne Reprise is an artistic assembly formed in response of the eviction of this Belgian citizen initiative. Jeremiah Day acts as the conductor in this sprawling, informal and mixed-media “jam session.”
Citoyenne Reprise is part of The Astronaut Metaphor, an evolving programme on politics, aesthetics and the human. What is the position and role that artists, writers, thinkers and institutions and their responsive practices can take up within a complex public sphere? With this programme, devised as a series of long-term commissions, Netwerk Aalst wishes to understand what an integral support for artists can entail, how we can rethink the institution departing from the needs and wishes of artistic practices holding the here and now of Aalst as its compass.
Collaborating artists: Luca Bertolo, Chicks On Speed, Bart de Kroon, Fred Dewey, Discoteca Flaming Star, Ken Ehrlich, Claire Filmon, Arianne Hoffman, Yuchen Li, Alisa Margolis, Jonas Marx, Anike Joyce Sadiq & André Mulzer, Gilles Vandaele, Mirte van den Bos, Arjan Van Helmond, Rezi van Lankveld, Jeremy Woodruff
As part of the exhibition Citoyenne Reprise, artist Jeremiah Day will be in conversation with Christophe Busch, director of the Hannah Arendt Institute on 10th June (via zoom).
22 May - 25 July 2021
9300 Aalst (Belgium)