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An exhibition in Aalst


During ALIAS various locations in the city are inhabited by contemporary art. Each one tells a story and introduces a different artistic language. At some sites the work brings hidden stories to light, at others it comments on a dominant history or presents a fictive tale … As you walk through the city a plurality of voices unfolds a narrative.

ALIAS touches upon the complexity of citizenship, it hints at power currents in the sedimentation of social organisation. What is to be understood as the annals of history, what is their impact on the present and future composition of the city? And how are social relationships formed as ideological constructs, within all of the above?

As such Netwerk Aalst ‘aliast’ Aalst. Within the exhibition the city functions as a background for action, takes up the role of a character in a play, or is replaced by a fictional image altogether. By walking through the city, existing environments are brought to live by fictive characters or the other way around, while true and false stories intertwine. Throughout the exhibition, fact and fiction weave in and out of each other, thus making way for speculation.

Just as a city transforms under the influence of its inhabitants and visitors, so do these people due to the city they experience. Because of this interaction with ALIAS we are asked to propose possible futures for the city.

Participating artists

Bianca Baldi
Play-White 2019

Omar A. Chowdhury
Augustijn 2019

Lucile Desamory

Ieva Epnere
Es mãc?ju danci vest 2018

Ghislaine Leung
VIOLETS 3 2019
Curated by Alicja Melzacka

Virginia Lupu
Failproof Witch 2019
In collaboration with Mihaela Minca
Holy Sun I’m Not Raising Up the Wind From the Earth, But I’m Raising Your Circle Onto My Head And Your Rays Into My Eyelashes 2019
Curated by Anca Rujoiu

Wendy Morris
Travelogue of the Wandering Womb, her Fantastic Encounters and Curious Utterings 2019

Daniela Ortiz
The Empire of Law 2019
In collaboration with Laurens Dhaenens

Ria Pacquée
Le mien, le tien, le sien 2019

Tai Shani
DC: Semiramis 2019