City TRIP 2020

The exhibition 'City Trip' poses the question of whether we are in danger of becoming detached or even alienated from the urbanization that typifies our environment. Village, city or metropolis: all have often grown organically and are tailor-made for people and their network. Over the years they have been transformed into a seemingly clear whole, with rules but also errors. Often gray and overflowing with information, they have become urban jungles in which people threaten to disappear in an inimitable rhythm or anonymity. The language of urban development and urbanization comes across as functional and logical, while we often do not consider exactly how that language was developed. Many large cities have been inundated in recent decades by tourists who are attracted by the atmosphere or landmarks of cities. Some cities, such as Amsterdam, Venice or Paris, focus strongly on city marketing precisely to enhance that appeal, with consequences for that urban fabric. Not infrequently they come back to this now, because they are in danger of losing part of their individuality. The exhibition 'City Trip' poses the question of whether we are in danger of becoming detached or even alienated from the urbanization that typifies our environment. Or can we still see the poetry and imagination, like Monsieur Hulo in Tati's movie "Playtime"? The works of art flirt on "City Trip" with the language of urban development. Some do this literally as constructed installations, others are poetic reflections on the theme. Together they form a new cityscape, a new, artistic view of our immediate environment. Curator: Jonas Vansteenkiste

Artists: Manon de Boer, Anouk De Clercq, Jonas Vansteenkiste, Lola Daels, Elias Cafmeyer, Conrad Willems, Dieter Van Caneghem, David Helbich, Koen van den Broek, Veerle Michiels, Kasper Devos, Freddy Tsimba, Karl Philips

Special thx to Chiel Vandenberghe and the team of CC De STEIGER.

poster: Raf Vancampenhoudt

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Jonas Vansteenkiste turns out to be a master storyteller. A short city-trip to Menen (cc De Steiger)

Artist-curator Jonas Vansteenkiste once again comes out of the corner with a compact but compelling exhibition. Around the theme of urbanisation, he assembles a host of quality artists who, in sculptures, video, installations, photography and painting, offer a view of the many facets of urbanisation: Manon De Boer, Anouk De Clercq, Jonas Vansteenkiste, Lola Daels, Elias Cafmeyer, Conrad Willems, Dieter Van Caneghem, David Helbich, Koen van den Broek, Veerle Michiels, Kasper De Vos, Freddy Tsimba and Karl Philips. Are cities threatening to become monotonous, artificial biotopes without any individuality, or do they still have poetry in them? Urban jungles' in which people fade away or habitats on a human scale?

The individual works pose some of the questions, but it is also Vansteenkiste's total staging which gives the whole a great deal of added value. You do not feel the white cube but wander through the artistic experience.

 

Jan Leysen is a curator, art collector and lawyer. He is a critical advocate for Art and also writes about it in the magazine Art Couch. He was a member of several art councils: Mu.ZEE Ostend, Arthouse Harelbeke