S.M.A.K. Ghent

S.M.A.K. Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst | Jan Hoetplein 1
B-9000 Ghent

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.Denicolai & Provoost | Hello, are we in the show? (comment voir la même autre chose)

13.02.2021 until 30.05.2021

For more than twenty years, the artist duo Simona Denicolai (b. 1972, Milan, Italy) and Ivo Provoost (b. 1974, Diksmuide, Belgium) have been working on a multidisciplinary practice that seeks to disrupt our normal ways of thinking and routine behaviour. Using protocols and scenarios that they have devised, and which are firmly rooted in a place’s unique characteristics, the pair involve people, objects and stories as ‘collaborators’ in their artistic process. The exchanges that these evoke are embedded in a local reality, whilst also touching upon universal themes such as citizenship, identity and solidarity.

They describe their process-based working method as ‘sculptural action’, and it includes practices that decouple existing elements from their familiar context, rearrange them, or connect them to new forms. These are reflected in a plethora of forms such as performances, video work, installations, models and studies, all of which derive meaning from the interpretation of art as an active concept.

The exhibition provides an extensive overview of Denicolai & Provoost’s work and offers the first museum presentation of their recent animated film ‘HELLO, ARE WE IN THE SHOW?’ (2019). The film is a co-production with S.M.A.K. and has been converted into an impressive installation for the occasion.