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Art. Community. Diversity.

‘Balancing Acts’ is a group exhibition and the final presentation of The Constant Now’s mentoring program POC POC 2 (2023-2024). It features works by artists Günbike Erdemir, Souhaïla Maalem, Diego Herman, Fatemeh Towhidloo, Brahim Tall, Diane Marie Uwase, and Shen Özdemir. 

BALANCING ACTS

The exhibition brings together seven artists who explore the status of labor in contemporary society. Through video, painting, and installation, the show presents a diverse array of imagery that highlights various facets of work, including emotional and reproductive labor, domesticity, leisure time, sex work, and folklore.

The title ‘Balancing Acts’ evokes the interplay between different aspects of labor and life. It suggests the delicate equilibrium needed to navigate the complexities of work, personal well-being, societal expectations, and inclusivity. The title also implies the juggling act that artists perform in managing the demands of work, self-worth, and societal roles. By showcasing diverse voices and experiences, the exhibition aims to foster understanding and solidarity, advocating for a fairer and kinder society. It underscores the right to thrive in nurturing and supportive conditions and emphasizes the importance of acceptance in all areas of work that shape our lives and communities.

2023

6 min 10 sec 

Talk: 14:00 - 15:00

 07/03/2024 • 19:30-24:00 • Free

 07/03/2024 • 19:30-24:00 • Free

The exhibition brings together seven artists who explore the status of labor in contemporary society. Through video, painting, and installation, the show presents a diverse array of imagery that highlights various facets of work, including emotional and reproductive labor, domesticity, leisure time, sex work, and folklore.

The title ‘Balancing Acts’ evokes the interplay between different aspects of labor and life. It suggests the delicate equilibrium needed to navigate the complexities of work, personal well-being, societal expectations, and inclusivity. The title also implies the juggling act that artists perform in managing the demands of work, self-worth, and societal roles. By showcasing diverse voices and experiences, the exhibition aims to foster understanding and solidarity, advocating for a fairer and kinder society. It underscores the right to thrive in nurturing and supportive conditions and emphasizes the importance of acceptance in all areas of work that shape our lives and communities.
 

‘Balancing Acts’ is curated by Laura Herman and Godart Bakkers, artistic directors of NW Open House for Contemporary Art and Film. POC POC is a mentoring program of The Constant Now, founded and coordinated by Magali Elali. POC POC 2 is supported by Flanders State of the Art and the development program of Kunsthal Gent for 2023-2024. Mentors are Sorana Munsya, Joachim Naudts, and Danielle van Zuijlen. Participating artists include: Günbike Erdemir, Souhaïla Maalem, Diego Herman, Fatemeh Towhidloo, Brahim Tall, Diane Marie Uwase, Shen Özdemir, Kapinga Muele Kabeya, and Fareed Aziz. 

 

‘Balancing Acts’- 15 June 2024 - 8 September 2024 

‘Balancing Acts’ is a group exhibition and the final presentation of The Constant Now’s mentoring program POC POC 2 (2023-2024). It features works by artists Günbike Erdemir, Souhaïla Maalem, Diego Herman, Fatemeh Towhidloo, Brahim Tall, Diane Marie Uwase, and Shen Özdemir. 

Opening Event: Saturday, 15 June, 14:00, with a performance by Shen Özdemir and a DJ set by Brahim Tall. The opening of Balancing Acts coincides with the opening of 'Bijoux Cailloux' by Guy Woueté. 

 

Location: NW, Open House for Contemporary Art and Film.

Houtkaai 15 Aalst (Belgium)

 

Opening Times:

  • Thurs, Sat-Sun: 13:00 - 18:00 

  • Fri: 13:00 - 19:00

  • Mon-Wed: Closed

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TALK + SHOW:

  • Panellists: Déborah Claire (Dis Mon Nom), Sofia Dati (Beursschouwburg), Laura Nsengiyumva (artist) 

  • Moderator: Magali Elali (Artistic Director, The Constant Now)

  • Artists: Günbike Erdemir, Diego Herman, Shen Ozdemir, Souhaila Maalem, Kapinga Muela Kabeya, Brahim Tall, Fatemeh Towhidloo, and Diane Marie Uwase

  • Production: Fatemeh Towhidloo

Friday, April 19: 

12:45: Doors open + free lunch

13:00 - 15:00: Panel talk 1

20:00 - 22:00: Panel talk 2

13:00 – 22:00: Show by POC POC artists

 

Saturday, April 20, and Sunday, April 21

11:00 - 18:00: Show by POC POC artists

Speakers

Leana Boven (curator), Marie Gomis-Trezise (gallerist) and Guy Woueté (artist)

Moderator

Magali Elali (artistic director The Constant Now)

Artists

Fareed Aziz, Günbike Erdemir, Diego Herman, Kapinga Muela Kabeya, Fatemeh Towhidloo, and Diane Marie Uwase

DJ: Brahim Tall

Production: Fatemeh Towhidloo

Timeline

19:30: Doors open. Show and live performance by POC POC artists

20:00-22:00: Talk

22:00-24:00: Party with Brahim Tall

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