This exhibition aims to bring together different historical and cultural perspectives on migration. Although this topic is widely present in contemporary art and mass media, the aim is to accommodate a viewpoint more strongly linked to past and current developments in Eastern Europe. In the framework of EUROPALIA and in the context of Belgium, where so many migratory flows converge, it is important to graft lesser-known local or national phenomena onto the global consciousness of migration.
One section of the exhibition will deal with the waves of political immigration during the socialist period, especially from the 1960s up to 1989. In seeking to reveal the aspirations and realities existing on the other side of the Iron Curtain, the exhibition will feature interviews, documentation and artworks linked to the personality and practice of André Cadere – the renowned conceptual artist who emigrated from Romania in 1967 and who relied on an important support network he found in Belgium, including the collector Herman Daled and the artists Lili Dujourie and Jacques Charlier.
In another section, artists selected for their rapport with the topic of migration will develop new works, notably addressing the current waves of intra-European migration and resulting disruptions. The combined contributions of these artists will paint a multi-faceted portrait of our times, highlighting the globalization of displacement and suggesting possible ways of existing together.
With: Silvia Amancei & Bogdan Armanu, Filip Berte, Tudor Bratu, Andre Cadere, Jacques Charlier, Mekhitar Garabedian, Emilio López-Menchero, Vincent Meessen, Christine Meisner, Jimmy Robert, Iulia Toma
Curators: Magda Radu and Alexandra Croitoru (Salonul de proiecte, Bucharest), in collaboration with Luk Lambrecht and Lieze Eneman