18 – 21 April 2013, Brussels, during Art Brussels.

(@ Poppositions off-fair)

“Echange” questions the art market and the trade of art in a playful manner. The artists approached the shops around Wiels with one of their artworks and offered to exchange it for a few weeks in return for an object the shopkeeper attaches value to. There are 24 artists participating in the project comprising varied artworks including paintings, drawings, video installations, photographs, and performance.

Thus, we don’t show the artwork in the exhibition but the exchanged objects that the merchants in the neighborhood offered. These objects act as a mirror for the world around Wiels. The participating artists explore how their artwork functions in different contexts. For a moment they put their egos aside and show their work in a less prestigious place where it is hopefully not stripped of all magic but new ways of experiencing it may arise.

From April 18 to 21, you can view the objects in Brass, as well as a video documentation on the exchange between the artists and the local shopkeepers. If you want to see the “real” art, you need to enter the streets, the baker, the teahouse, the hairdresser or the butcher.

Christina Stuhlberger
David Denil
Svend Thomsen

Elisabeth Ida
Delphine Lebon
Debby Huysmans
Nicoline van Stapele
Maaike Leyn
Wim de Maat
Joris Vermassen
Mario De Brabandere
Cristian Bors & Marius Ritiu
Koen Broucke
Shuxian Lee
Thé van Bergen
Annelies de Mey
Gery De Smet
Karl Mechnig
Line Boogaerts
Kristof Van Heeschvelde
Peter Weidenbaum
Saar De Buysere
Lieven Segers
Bart Van Dijck
Annemie Augustijns
Hala Elias

(curatorMaaike Leyn)

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