Wesley Meuris

Probes

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Today, space travel is all over the news. Cosmic space has always appealed to the imagination of writers and artists, but it is only since the middle of the last century that it has become the scene of a political space race. Recently, private players have joined the action, bringing space tourism and planetary exploration ever more within human reach.
Aside from the ethical and legal questions raised by these developments, the visualisation and mapping of space has become an ingenious technological issue.

In his solo project Probes, Wesley Meuris draws on his fascination with the way in which cutting-edge technology has become an extension of our human concept of space, while at the same time radically altering it. It seems that our conception of the cosmos today is increasingly technologically mediated by ingenious devices such as satellites, drones and robotic vehicles. How can we incorporate the technoscientific complexity of these devices and their data into an artistic and critical perspective? Probes aims to shed light on the optical mechanisms that transcend our human and even planetary perspective, partly out of a sense of wonder but also out of a desire for rethinking or reorientation. Probes is looking at the future, but also harks back historically to the first space explorations of the 1960s and 1970s. For KRIEG, Wesley Meuris will be creating a “critical scenography”, which will integrate various elements of his artistic practice and incorporate public activities.

Wesley Meuris (b.1977) is a visual artist based in Antwerp. He is conducting visual research into the functioning of exhibition mechanisms and the production and presentation of scientific knowledge. In the past year, he has expanded his oeuvre to include a new chapter, which has previously led to the exhibition Verticality (Annie Gentils Gallery, 2020) and an eponymous publication (2021).

Meuris studied Sculpture at LUCA School of Arts in Brussels and attended the post-academic programme HISK in Antwerp. In 2017 he obtained a PhD in the arts at Sint Lucas Antwerp and University of Antwerp. Currently he conducts a postdoctoral research and is tutor at the Advanced Master in Sint Lucas Antwerp. Wesley Meuris’ work has been exhibited in several exhibitions and individual installations at SMAK in Ghent (2020), Centre Pompidou (2018), Musée des Arts Contemporains du Grand Hornu (2017), WIELS in Brussels (2017), Kunsthalle in Vienna (2016), Confort Moderne in Poitiers (2016), ISCP in Brooklyn (2016), Mu Zee in Ostend (2015), BF15 in Lyon (2014), Kunsthalle Rotterdam (2014), Casino Luxembourg forum d’art Contemporain (2012), M HKA in Antwerp (2010), De Bond in Bruges (2010), Fresnoy in Tourcoing (2010), MAMAC in Liège (2010), Art & Essai Galerie in Rennes (2010).

KRIEG

Verticality presentation

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Vlaanderen_verbeelding werkt

Zoology

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De expositie toon werk van Alexi Williams Wynn (VK), Carsten Höller (BE), Chaim van Luit (NL), Filip Van Dingenen (BE), Guy Slabbinck (BE), Katleen Vinck (BE), Maarten Vanden Eynde (BE), Maya Zack (IL), Nick Ervinck (BE), Shikh Sabbir Alam (BD), Tom Liekens (BE) en Wesley Meuris (BE). Zoology wordt gecureerd door Benedict Vandaele in samenwerking met Stichting Liedts-Meesen.

Zebrastaart

Bye Bye His-Story, Chapter 5050

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History is generally defined with the apparition of writing; this valuable instrument allowing to create and transfer culture. However, writing also implies the beginning of a logic of sepa-rations and boundaries : its origin goes along in the first place with the need to record the heritage transmission of a patriar-chal agrarian society. From this perspective, writing thus seems closely related to the concept of ‘property’. Together with property, writing, as the first intrument to objec-tify nature, living beings and genders, was at the root of what would – throughout history – lead to conflicts and confrontations between cultures, mythologies, religions and ideologies. The tensions in our contemporary world and its many crises (related to climate, ideologies, energy, culture and migration) urge us to adopt an open attitude, to dispel prejudices, to reconnect and build bridges between individuals, genders, cultures and nations to share knowledge, mental and cultural approaches as well as scientific disciplines, in order to find solutions together. Far from being a literal illustration of these concepts, this exhibition brings together the art works of nearly 60 artists. With a touch of humor and the necessary aesthetic distance, you are being invited to surprising confrontations between art works dealing with (and questioning) various issues such as our relationship to the economy and to the dogma of growth, gender relations and diversity, our relationship to nature and to technology.

Curated by: Emmanuel Lambion

Verticality

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