Curated by Laurens Otto
Participating artists Che Go Eun, Tom Hallet, Julia Dahee Hong, Béla Juttner and Joud Toamah
After a year-long residency at AAIR, artists Che Go Eun, Tom Hallet, Julia Dahee Hong, Béla Juttner and Joud Toamah make a publication, an exhibition and a public program, proposing the question: what do stories want? Each of the artists look at the fabric of the story in their own way. Not only do they propose new stories, but they also analyse the inner function of the story. These artists put the power dynamics of presumably persuasive narrative arcs into question. What is the story’s previous trajectory, current agenda, and possible future? Each artist decrypts the codes of different arenas: Joud Toamah speculates on photography, Béla Juttner makes performances with garments and fashion, Tom Hallet unearths queer countercultures, Che Go Eun digs into manga and cyberculture, and Julia Dahee Hong departs from writing itself.
The exhibition is open between 12 March and 4 April 2021 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (12:00–18:00). With extended opening hours during the Borger nocturne on Friday 26 March 2021 (18:00–22:00). Every Sunday, the artists animate and share their reflection by means of a public event, either online or in real life.
'What Stories Want' is presented at AAIR and Kunsthal Extra City, in what was once a catholic chapel and a refectory for monks. Entrance via Ploegstraat 27.
More info via: aair.be