Stan Douglas. The Secret Agent. Ludion, Wiels

Posted in art, exhibition catalogue on November 5th, 2015
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Stan Douglas’s The Secret Agent explores the turbulent Seventies and the history of Portugal, which was shaking off a dictatorship and losing its colonies in those years.

The book contains three works by the Canadian artist. The video installation The Secret Agent (première in WIELS in October 2015) tells a story originally written by Joseph Conrad in 1907. Douglas has retained the characters and the plot, but transferred them to the turmoil of Lisbon soon after the Carnation Revolution in 1974. The book contains the original script and an extensive collection of stills and production images.

The second work in the book is Disco Angola, a series of eight staged historical photographs – four in New York, four in Angola – that show the parallels between two more or less simultaneous moments: the hedonistic glam culture of New York nightlife in the Seventies and the civil war in Angola.

The third work, Luanda–Kinshasa, is a 6-hour jazz film set in 1974. It contains eleven songs recorded in the legendary 30th Street Studio, where Miles Davis, Glenn Gould and others have worked.

Stan Douglas is an artist. His films, videos and photographs have been shown internationally since 1970 at events such as Documenta ix, x and xi (1992, 1997, 2002) and three Venice biennials (1990, 2001, 2005). He has had solo exhibitions in leading museums in Europe and North America. Douglas lives and works in Vancouver.

This book was published on the occasion of the exhibition INTERREGNUM at Wiels, 9 October 2015 – 10 January 2016.


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Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Work/Travail/Arbeid. Elena Filipovic (Ed.). WIELS

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, exhibition catalogue on September 15th, 2015
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What would it mean for choreography to perform as an exhibition? This question is the point of departure for Work/Travail/Arbeid.

The exhibition took place at WIELS over a duration of 9 weeks from March 20 to May 17, 2015, featuring the original and most extensive version of the project. All subsequent versions are conceived to be exhibited for a duration of 9 days, with an exhibition choreography specifically devised and composed for the concrete spaces of other museum venues.

Volume #1:
Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker
Rosas & Ictus

Volume #2
Vortex Temporum
Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker / Rosas / Ictus

Volume #3
Bojana Cvejic, André Lepecki, Brian Dillon, Catherine Wood, Douglas Crimp

Volume #4
Anne van Aerschot, Babette Mangolte, Herman Sorgeloos


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ABOUT SPACE – Souvenirs

Posted in art, Artist Book, drawing, illustration on July 15th, 2015
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ABOUT SPACE – Souvenirs; contains a series of playful artist interviews.

The project was initiated after some screenings of nature documentaries at the Field House of the Atlantic Centre for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach – Florida, a visit to NASA – Kennedy Space Center and some beach explorations at Canaveral National Seashore as part of a residency program at Atlantic Centre for the Arts.


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Body Talk. Koyo Kouoh (ed.). RAW Material & WIELS & Motto Books

Posted in art, Artist Book, books, distribution, Motto Books on April 28th, 2015
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Body Talk: Feminism, Sexuality and the Body in the Work of Six African Artists

Bringing together artists from different parts of the continent, this group exhibition strives to define and articulate notions of feminism and sexuality in the work of women artists whose body (their own or that of others) serves as a tool, a representation or a field of investigation. The critical resonance of a specifically African – and black – feminism, together with the spread of artistic practices to international networks, have given shape to the development of a black feminist art. Stemming from the continent and the Diaspora, this black feminist art depicts bodies that continue a tradition of activism and freedom of speech.

Zoulikha Bouadellah, Marcia Kure, Miriam Syowia Kyambi, Valerie Oka, Tracey Rose, Billie Zangewa

Sarah Adams, Eva Barois De Caeval, Ken Bugul, Frieda Ekotto, D.E. Fault, Koyo Kouoh, Alya Sebti

RAW Material Company, WIELS, Lunds konsthall, 49 Nord 6 Est – Frac Lorraine & Motto Books


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Pierre Leguillon – Le Tapis (Fair Use). WIELS, Roma Publications

Posted in art, Artist Book on February 16th, 2015
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Le_tapis_Pierre_Leguillon01Le_tapis_Pierre_Leguillon02Le_tapis_Pierre_Leguillon03Distributed on the occasion of the exhibition ‘The Museum of Mistakes: Contemporary Art and Class Struggle’, conceived by Pierre Leguillon and bringing together works he has created over the last fifteen years from reproduced images, this folding brochure/poster continues in this spirit by mimicking the economy of means and autonomy of images Leguillon deploys in his work. It proposes an exhibition model that attempts to foil or declassify the hierarchies of art, as each work is informed by a principle of movement, or even reversibility, and reflects a perpetual process of emitting and receiving information, spurring us to rethink the conditions of the reception of art.


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Rossella Biscotti – For the Mnemonist, S. – WIELS + Roma Publications

Posted in art, Artist Book on February 16th, 2015
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For her first solo exhibition in Belgium, acclaimed Italian artist Rossella Biscotti draws a trajectory across spaces that evoke important historical processes and links them to the sciences of the mind. This book, published in conjunction with the exhibition, follows this example by interweaving narratives in relation to the concrete and discrete architecture of memory, dreams, and ideas. While revisiting sites of punishment, the gathering of works embodies the ability of the human mind to resist oppression, tracing individual destinies or collective endeavours through a combination of materials, language, and scientific techniques. With a text by Adam Kleinman. Design: Louis Lüthi.


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Lessons in Posing Subjects. Robert Heinecken. WIELS. Triangle Books.

Posted in Artist Book, exhibition catalogue, photography on October 14th, 2014
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 Lessons in Posing Subjects. Robert Heinecken. WIELS. Triangles Books.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition of the same title, this book presents the series Lessons in Posing Subjects which Robert Heinecken created in 1981-1982 and reproduced here in its entirety for the first time.
Playing with the reality effect inherent to instant photographs, Heinecken re-contextualizes in this series images found in mail order catalogues, which he juxtaposes with ironic texts.
At once seductive and full of humour, his ‘lessons’ are no less provocative, bearing witness to the commitment of this controversial artist, who considered his approach a form of ‘guerrilla’ artistic practice.

56 pages
34 x 25 cm

€ 35.00
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During the Exhibition, the Studio Will Be Close. Lorenzo Benedetti & Caroline Dumalin (Eds.). Wiels / Motto Books.

Posted in art, distribution, exhibition catalogue, Motto Books on June 26th, 2014
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During the Exhibition, the Studio Will Be Close. Lorenzo Benedetti & Caroline Dumalin (Eds.). Wiels / Motto Books.

During the Exhibition, the Studio Will Be Close is published on the occasion of the eponymous group exhibition organised by WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels (14 June – 17 August 2014) in collaboration with Motto Books.

The trilingual exhibition publication is composed of nine chapters in one volume. The introductory chapter features an essay by curator Lorenzo Benedetti, whose point of departure is the fine line and particular interaction between production and presentation at the art centre. What lies in between the physical proximity of the working studios and exhibition spaces turns out to be more than just a symbolic separation. Eight former artists-in-residence at WIELS were invited to design their own book space that consists of each 16 pages, in relation to their contributions to the dialogue of the show.

Contributors: Lorenzo Benedetti, Melissa Gordon, Lina Viste Grønli, Rob Johannesma, Aukje Koks, G. Küng, Cathérine Lommée, Emmanuelle Quertain, Grace Schwindt

Softcover, 17 x 24 cm, 160 pages, ill. b/w
Graphic Designer: Joris Kritis
Languages: English, French, Dutch
ISBN: 9789078937241

Price: €10.00

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Film as a Form of Writing. Quinn Latimer talks to Akram Zaatari. WIELS & Motto Books

Posted in art, books, distribution, film on April 30th, 2014
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Film as a Form of Writing

Film as a Form of Writing is published and distributed by Motto Books in collaboration with WIELS. The trilingual book, designed by Joris Kritis, centres around a recent in-depth interview conducted by critic Quinn Latimer with Akram Zaatari.

Akram Zaatari: ‘It is a film, a thought that took the form of an artwork. As with most of my work, it is made for time; it is both a testimony of where I come from and a mark I care to leave for the future—again as thought, not as data or records. Let’s call it alternative writing that uses the form of letters.’

Softcover, 170 x 220 mm, 72 pages, ill. b/w
Edited by Dirk Snauwaert and Caroline Dumalin
Texts by Dirk Snauwaert, Quinn Latimer and Akram Zaatari
Graphic design by Joris Kritis
Languages: English, French, Dutch
Published by WIELS & Motto Books
ISBN: 978-9-078937-22-7


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Heidi Voet – ONE IN MANY – 22.12.2013 – WIELS

Posted in books, events, Motto @ Wiels on December 16th, 2013
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Presentation of the first monograph on the multi-disciplinary practice of Heidi Voet, One in Many, which is characterized by her playful and transformative use of objects to make critical social commentary about everyday life.
The bilingual publication ONE IN MANY is published by MERpaperkunsthalle in English and Chinese.
An edition on paper, entitled ‘Stars & Constellations’ of 12 +3 AP’s published by MER will also be presented during the book launch.

Avenue Van Volxemlaan 354,
1190 Bruxelles-Brussel