The Absent Artist (an Exhibition for Jozef)

with Danai Anesiadou & Sophie Nys, Anna Jermolaewa, Patrizio Di Massimo, Diderik Peeters and Francesco Pedraglio

with Danai Anesiadou & Sophie Nys, Anna Jermolaewa, Patrizio Di Massimo, Diederik Peeters en Francesco Pedraglio

It’s always nice to have a fresh start, and what better way to begin than with the autobiographies of the artists in this exhibition? What they disclose about themselves – where they live, to whom they are married, their favourite movie, their greatest fear – might help us understand their view on the world, their socio-political position, or their motivations for making an artwork.

However, what happens if an autobiography is not used to articulate a personal identity, but to escape it?

In an autobiography, the narrator, the protagonist and the author are one and the same. Through narrated facts and events, the protagonist builds up ‘evidence’ of who she is. But then she realises she cannot talk about herself as a fixed identity – because she cannot look at herself from a distance. As she talks about herself, she inevitably loses herself. She is a projection, a performance, a navigation even, moving between what she might be and what she might want to be.