maandag 20 augustus 2012

Manifesta 9 / The Deep of the Modern

This is a short overview of Manifesta 9 biennal exhibition 'The Deep of the Modern'. Last week I have visited the exhibition for the second time and again it was impressive. Waterschei, an outstanding historic monument of industrialization,is as impressive as the exhibition. It is perhaps one of the most impressive industrial buildings that I have seen.
Manifesta 9 is a perfect example of the relevance of contemporary art.

The Deep of the Modern intends to create a complex dialogue between different layers of art and history. Its point of departure is the geographical location itself, the former coal-mining region of the Campine in north-eastern Belgium as a locus for diverse issues, both imaginary and ecological, aligned to industrial capitalism as a global phenomenon.

Curator Cuauhtémoc Medina (Mexico City) developed the concept for Manifesta 9, addressing the social and societal impact of the recent past in Limburg.




The Deep of the Modern is developed in three sections:

 - 17 Tons
Next to the historical and contemporary art content, Manifesta 9 presents an exploration of cultural production derived from shared memory, and those traits that unify the many people influenced by coal-mining, traversing the Campine region of Limburg, and elsewhere in Europe.
 
- Poetics of Restructuring
A section with contributions from 37 contemporary artists, exhibiting works focused on the aesthetic responses to the global "economic restructuring" of world-wide systems of production.

- The Age of Coal
 An exhibition comprising artworks from 1800 to the early 21st Century about the history of art produced with a direct aesthetic relationship to the industrial era.

Architectural implementations by Architecten & Refunc 
Portrait of Spyros Roumeliotis and Polyxeni Papoutsi

Portrait of Spyros Roumeliotis and Polyxeni Papoutsi

Turkish prayer mat

Kevin Kaliski, Works, 2005 -  2012

German Jeans by Eva Gronbach

German Jeans by Eva Gronbach
German Jeans by Eva Gronbach


Manuel Durán, Miner's Head, 1950 - 2012
Manuel Durán, Miner's Head, 1950 - 2012

Embroided Sayings by women in the mine community

Embroided Sayings
Embroided Sayings
Ashington Art Group
Ashington Art Group
Rocco Granata

Rocco Granata 'Marina'



Marcel Duchamp, 1200 Coal Sack, 1938
Marcel Duchamp, 1200 Coal Sack, 1938
Christian Boltanski

Christian Boltanski
Igor Grubić

Ni Haifeng

Ni Haifeng

Ni Haifeng

Ni Haifeng

Ni Haifeng

Ni Haifeng

Ni Haifeng

Kuai Shen

Kuai Shen
Kuai Shen


Ante Timmermans, Make a Molehill out of a Mountain (of work) 

Ante Timmermans, Make a Molehill out of a Mountain (of work) 

Ante Timmermans, Make a Molehill out of a Mountain (of work) 

Ante Timmermans, Make a Molehill out of a Mountain (of work) 


Tomaž Furlan, Wear Series 

Mikhail Karkis & Uriel Orlow, Sounds of Beneath

Magdalena Jitrik
Maarten Vanden Eynde, Plastic Reef

Maarten Vanden Eynde, Plastic Reef

Claire Fontaine, The House of Energetic Culture

Ana Torfs, [...] STAIN [...]
Ana Torfs, [...] STAIN [...]

Ana Torfs, [...] STAIN [...]

Ana Torfs, [...] STAIN [...]

Michaël Matthys





What is Manifesta 

Manifesta is the only itinerant european biennial of contemporary art, together with events such as the biennial of Venice and the Documenta in Kassel, Manifesta is one of the foremost art events of Europe.

Manifesta originated in the early 90's in response to the political, economic and social changes following the end of the Cold War and the subsequent steps towards European integration. Since that time, Manifesta has developed into traveling platform focusing on the dialogue between art and society in Europe. Manifesta has become a flexible and mobile structure, capable of continuously changing and reinventing itself. For each edition of Manifesta a new curator or team of curators is appointed who in turn invite artists from around the world to participate.

Since 1996 Manifesta has taken place in Rotterdam, Luxembourg, Ljubljana, Frankfurt, Donostia-San Sebastian, Trentino-Alto Adige and Murcia. Manifesta purposely strives to stay at a distance from the dominant centres of artistic production and looks for fertile grounds for the mapping of new directions curatorial practices, exhibition models and education. Each edition of Manifesta is organised by a permanent team of local and international producers and cultural specialists who merge into a single, efficient operative team.

Manifesta is a community-based project: its success depends on the collaboration between international and local players and its involvement with local communities. The Manifesta Biennials are initiated and co organized by the Manifesta Foundation. Based at its headquarters in Amsterdam, the permanent team of Manifesta provides the backbone to our multi-faceted organization.

To find our more about the Manifesta Foundation and previous editions of Manifesta please see the website of the Manifesta Foundation
www.manifesta.org

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