Celine Van Balen
Works selected from the collection of the Dutch writer Han Nefkens
Adel Abdessemed, Elina Brotherus, Desiree Dolron, Pierre Faure, Juul Hondius, Sutee Kunavichayanont, Esko Männikkö, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Masato Nakamura, Deimantas Narkevicius, Shirin Neshat, Manit Sriwanichpoom, Martine Stig, Céline Van Balen.
From March 4 to May 20, the CRAC Alsace will present So Close/So Far Away, the second exhibition composed of works selected from the collection of the Dutch writer Han Nefkens.
The works selected by curator Hilde Teerlinck deal with the theme of globalization and the paradoxes which it engenders within contemporary societies. We have the impression that our airplanes are flying ever faster, thereby reducing the distances which separate nations and human beings. Anywhere on Earth, everyone, or almost everyone, has immediate access to brands like Coca-Cola and McDonalds, and Moroccan or Thai restaurants can be found even in the smallest European cities. Cultures seem to be mixing together. But are we better acquainted with the citizens of other countries now that we share the same tastes in food and clothing? Does this exchange of customs and technological knowledge automatically bring us closer to foreign cultures?
Of course, this exhibition does not claim to provide answers to these crucial questions, but it does evoke these issues through the works of important artists who have dealt with them.
A French-English-German-Dutch catalogue with texts by Hilde Teerlinck, Han Nefkens, Michele Robecchi, Professor Quin Jian, Brian Curtin, Pascale Saarbach and Laura Zozlik will be published in conjunction with the exhibition.
+ CRAC ALSACE is supported by: La Ville d’Altkirch, Le Conseil Régional d’Alsace, Le Conseil Général du Haut-Rhin, Le Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication – DRAC Alsace, Le Ministère de l’Education Nationale.
Be-Part, Waregem - (Belgium) 11/11/2007 > 27/01/2008
Museum Het Domein, Sittard- (the Netherlands) summer 2008
Image: Esko Männikkö, Organized Freedom, final edition (1) 2004, Photo 1/5, 95 x 210 cm, Courtesy Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin
Opening/brunch: 04.03.07 at 11.00 pm
+ CRAC ALSACE
18, rue du Château / F-68130 Altkirch