Agenda 2020 - Stefaan van Biesen

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[Nomad Memories] summer presentation S&H De Buck Gallery Ghent Belgium ⋈ July & August 2020.


[Mozaiek - mijn naam is Vijd] CC Ter Vesten Beveren Belgium ⋈ An artistic research 01.07 > 18.10.2020.


[Verbinding/Connection] travelling educational art project ⋈ RASA Belgium 2020.

Artists: Otobong Nkanga (BE/NIG), Tinka Pittoors (BE), Andy Goldsworthy (UK), Koen Vanmechelen (BE), Stefaan van Biesen (BE), Annemarie Maes (BE), Shaakira Jassat (S. AFR/NL).


[Drawings] CAS (Contemporary Art Space) Zottegem Belgium ⋈ 19 > 20 & 26 > 27.09.2020.



P R O J E C T S :


[Fingers Don't Know What The Hand Will Do] an ongoing joint project with Annelies Slabbynck 2020.



S O U N D S C A P E S :


[The Forjaz Variations] 4 compositions for 'caminhando à flor da pele' ⋈ Museu Nougueira da Silva, Minho University Braga ⋈ exhibition Rosario Forjaz ⋈ Portugal 2020.












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[Mozaiek - mijn naam is Vijd] CC Ter Vesten Beveren Belgium 2020.

A multi disciplinairy project ⋈ Drawings - Photos -Video.




Following the Jan Van Eyck year in 2020, (with a large exhibition about this artist in Ghent at KMSK), Stefaan van Biesen, at the invitation of CC Ter Vesten, is making a work and research into Joos Vijd. It was he who ordered the triptych of 'Het Lam Gods' (the Mystic Lamb) 1432 from Jan Van Eyck. The project/research by Stefaan van Biesen was given the working title: 'Mozaiek [My name is Vijd]'. This exhibition starts at the beginning of September and runs until mid-October 2020. Location: Cortewalle Castle, the former home of Joos Vijd (this castle is depicted as a miniature in the painting of the Lam Gods). Proof that Joost Vijd and Jan Van Eyck moved in the same cultural and diplomatic circles.


On Facebook [Dutch language] : Vijd Awa




Presentation of the first result of the 'Vijd Mozaiek' during a work meeting for the exhibition.


Certain gestures, symbols and themes of the Lam Gods are placed in a contemporary context. Starting from the person of Joos Vijd, (a descendant of a Flemish patrician family who commissioned the painting of the iconic altarpiece, on which he himself is depicted), there is the intention to test these elements against our own contemporary living environment. Which links can be made and are still relevant and are therefore experienced as timeless? Or how is the time and environment in which Vijd lived in still relevant in our human, social and intercultural relationships?


This exhibition consists of different parts: 1 > drawings as a contemporary commentary in relation to the painting by Jan Van Eyck, 2 > A table installation with photos based on "The Sacred Landscape", 3 > a video triptych, 4 > several podcasts with short stories and 5 > a publication of the stories and drawings.



Photo: second presentation of the project with the artistic and heritage team of CC Ter Vesten Beveren [Christl Van den Broucke, Bert Verwerft, Carine Goossens, Björn Pinxten] 23.01.2020.








[Nomad Memories] & [Arca] Summer presentation Gallery S&H De Buck Ghent Belgium 2020.



[Nomad Memories]


During the summer period of the Gallery S&H De Buck there will be a presentation of two indoor installations of Stefaan van Biesen in cooperration with Annemie Mestdagh. The first installations 'Nomad Stories/Memories' was shown the first time at Platform Projects in Athens 2017 [curated by Artemis Potamianou, Tate London en Moma NY] and during 'Hands Don't Know What The Hand Will Do' at CAS Oostende 2018, a duo exhibition together with artist Annelies Slabbynck (B).


Letters written by several people who came here to Europe as refugees since the 1990s. Their handwritten letter was written by them personally in their own original language and contain an anecdote, a story from their childhood or family or the account of their flight to Europe. The hope of a safe life with better living conditions. The contents of the letter remain with the artist and the writer. What remains is the image of a handwriting letter, a silent witness of suffering or joy. handwritten layered letters in hand shape.





The Second installation 'Arca' is a new work and it is a tribute to the Portugese Poet Fernando Pessoa. Based on a study by Stefaan van Biesen for the Fernando Pessoa Museum Lisbon 2012.


After the death of Fernando Pessoa, his friends and literary executors opened a trunk in his study and discovered thousands of pages of works of every sort: a collection of unfinished angst-ridden texts: poems, prose poems, essays, translations, short stories, plays. The fragmentary nature of these writings (jotted on scraps of paper, the backs of envelopes, the reverse side of other manuscripts and other odd places), makes Pessoa a prime postmodern figure, and the trunk, whose contents are still being catalogued (it contained some 25,000 items) has taken on the same mythical character as the valise Walter Benjamin carried on his fateful escape from Vichy France. Pessoa’s posthumous celebrity, like Benjamin's, is founded in many ways as much upon his life as upon his work. In Benjamin's case, his life embodies the myth of the Jewish intellectual on the run from the Nazis. In Pessoa's the story is less political; he embodies the disjointed, fractured postmodern ethos not only in his work, but in his very psyche.







[Verbinding / connection] Travelling educational art project RASA Belgium 2020.

Artists: Otobong Nkanga (BE/NIG), Tinka Pittoors (BE), Andy Goldsworthy (UK), Koen Vanmechelen (BE), Stefaan van Biesen (BE), Annemarie Maes (BE), Shaakira Jassat (S. AFR/NL). 




The same place 6 months later








[Drawings] CAS (Contemporary Art Space) Zottegem Belgium ⋈ 19 > 20 & 26 > 27.09.2020.



This exhibition, [curated by Nadine Prieels CAS] is focusing on the drawings of Stefaan van Biesen. They have always been very important in his work. As a study or as a philosophical discourse, they are considered as an important part in his work. Although he is known as an artist with his installations, video, performances, walks and multimedia projects, these drawings are an underexposed part of his artistic activities.









[The Forjaz Variations] 4 music compositions for 'caminhando à flor da pele' 2020.


The Forjaz Variations by Stefaan van Biesen for the exhibition 'caminhando à flor da pele' of Rosario Forjaz [Made of Walking III at La Romieu France 2017] at Museu Noguiera da Silva, Minho University Braga 2020. Slow walks.








[Mountains to Oceans] Art Science Exhibits Community Berlin ⋈ Campo Santo ⋈ Ghent Belgium 2020.
























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©stefaan van biesen-annemie mestdagh 22.02.2020