The Town Mouse and the Country House
In the pines, in the pines, where the Sun don’t ever shine
👀 Undisclosed location, remote on & offline exhibition with Bora Akinciturk w/ Iain Ball, Flaviu Cacoveanu, Arthur Cordier, Pietro Di Corrado, Adele Dipasquale w/ Marco Quadri, Philip Hinge, Julie Kern Donck, Katerina Konarovská, Giacomo Layet, Luca Rubegni, Valentino Russo, Reynir Thor. Curated by Arthur Cordier & Valentino Russo 👀
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In times where social distancing is becoming the new norm, curatorial practices remain at the forefront of artistic quarantine. In times when no-one is safe unless everyone is safe, the *Horeca has stopped funding experimental and cultural practices. Do closed restaurants and bars equals less art? How can artists emerge from the ashes of underpaid labor? The precarious situation artists and freelancers are undergoing sheds a crude light on their fragile financial ecosystem.
When the Horeca is at a complete standstill, can artists free themselves from desire? Freeing the arts from its zero-hour contracts through life-changing policies and curatorial distancing is the alternative.
Starting from April 2020 The Balcony is inaugurating remote on & offline exhibitions around the Belgian town of Rochefort.
This sector is one of the fastest growing in Europe. Jobs tend to be temporary, with irregular hours, low pay, and few career prospects. There is a high proportion of young people working in the sector. Sounds familiar?
The exhibition will be online starting 20th April. Works will follow in the coming days.
The Book of Birds and Commercial Herbariums
‘The Book of Birds and Commercial Herbariums’ is a video work based on the book ‘Oiseaux des Pays d’Europe’ published in Czechoslovakia in 1978. The birds are referenced in a herbarium-like manner interwoven with drawings and ads from the local paper VLAN.
The advertising herbarium
The preface starts with the following sentence:
“Birds are an indispensable part of the living world which generously offers its gifts to all those who have eyes and ears, and are not blind and deaf to the life around them.”
Sixth edition from 1983. Published in Prague
Reynir Thor is an Icelandic artist currently based in Amsterdam (NL). He graduated from the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, in 2017.
Beer can, smartphone holder. Variable dimensions
Giacomo Layet (Venice, IT) lives and works in London where he is completing his MA in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins.
His practice explores materiality and its limitations, with particular focus on found and discarded objects, both industrial and organic materials, which confront one another in an attempt for a balanced coexistence.
Less Talk, More Rock
Valentino Russo is an Italian artist based in The Netherlands.
His practice is currently supported by the Mondriaan Fonds.
Katerina Konarovská (1988, Prague), is interested in the forms of communication, connection and misunderstanding between people and the inner and the outer worlds. The communication of invisible content and its expression is the domain of the art itself. Her work is a guerrilla mission armed by repeating patterns of drawings in textile printing, where she tries to smuggle darker content in an inviting forms discreetly breaking down binding norms and ideas about life.
Philip Hinge (Seattle, 1988) lives and works in New York.
Hoax 1990/the veil lifted 2020
Marco Quadri is currently based in Voorburg (NL).
Julie Kern Donck
The memories of a language of loss.
My culture isn’t the poplar one
Julie Kern Donck is a Brussels-based visual artist, she graduated from the MA Printmaking at the National School of Visual Arts of La Cambre in 2016.
Now attending the Royal College of Art in the Print department, her work focuses mainly on iconography, mythology and language. Praxis, craft and consciousness of the materials, their meaning and their means of production combine with the understated narratives created by figures and signs, forming a tension between individual, discrete experience and global history.
Pietro Di Corrado
Cotton Candy Snake, 40x60cm
Pietro Di Corrado was born in Sicily, then moved to Milan, where he lives and works. The artist’s imaginary, fascinated by the history of art, architecture and design, is a continuous cultural hybridization aimed at ri-elaboration and restitution according to a certain logic. With a meticulous escapism, the artist tries to build an stateless and timeless identity in continuous adjustment.
There is no more elsewhere
Adele Dipasquale is an Italian artist based in The Hague (NL).
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Bora Akinciturk & Iain Ball
Pietro Di Corrado
Julie Kern Donck
︎ Documentation credits Arthur Cordier © The Balcony. Courtesy of the artists