Company Sirah Foighel Brutmann and Eitan Efrat, with Meggy Rustamova & Pieter Geenen
In the screening programme Company, four local artists join to present their work. They all belong to the same generation: on the one hand because they are of the same age, on the other hand because they belong to the same artistic family - because of the artistic story they tell, with a similar approach and method of working.
Sirah Foighel Brutmann and Eitan Efrat will present two first chapters from their Gathering Series. They’ll combine this with work by artists Pieter Geenen and Meggy Rustamova (each of whom has a solo exhibition in Brussels at the moment – in Argos and Beursschouwburg respectively).
The screening programme will be followed by a discussion with Zoë Gray and the artists about the collective way in which we interpret the images that are presented to us. What is the meaning of terms like collectiveness, togetherness, unity, and how do they influence the way we watch things?
Gathering Series: Nude Descending a Staircase & Orientation (Avant-premiere) focus on two different public gathering places (where you will find an amalgam of people): The memorial for Walter Benjamin in Portbou and a public sculpture in Tel Aviv commemorating the founder of the city, called White Square - both made by Israeli sculptor Dani Karavan.
Meggy Rustamova will show her work Waiting for the secret. She starts from a picture and reveals all its secrets by zooming in on the various details. Gradually, the picture comes to life, raising issues such as isolation, linguistic confusion, pixilation and the suggestion of movement within a still image.
Pieter Geenen will show an excerpt from Mirador. In this video, he juxtaposes tourists and refugees by looking over the Strait of Gibraltar. Like a fata morgana, the African continent appears in the distance, while being heavily commented on by the people who stop by to capture the view.
In each of the pieces, there is an inherent questioning of the effect ‘togetherness’ might have on the way we read images.
Aftertalk with the artists, moderated by Zoë Gray