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ARTISTS represented by the Gallery

CURRENT EXHIBITION

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Annie Gentils Gallery

Peter Benoitstraat 40
2018 Antwerpen
Belgium

T: +32 3 216 30 28
F: +32 3 290 66 07

OPENING HOURS

Wednesday — Sunday

14h —18 h


and by appointment

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Niels Donckers 

 

 

The objects in Donckers’ pictures show themselves as traces, abandoned in mid-action, of urban and spatial struggle. Perhaps Belgians, and more specifically the Flemish, look at a cadastral plan as a necessary evil to stop private property from colonising the whole country, which in itself is difficult because it is not clear what ‘country’ means. They do know what ‘private’ means, however, and this shows in variations ranging from discrete marks to unashamedly questionable taste and private monumentality.

In the past, the regulating state authority was largely mute, and when its voice was expressed what came out was deaf howling, usually contributing to fragmentation, estrangement and a sense that the objects in the street have been placed with no regard for one another. How remarkable the difference with our northern neighbours, for example, who embrace common state regulations and direct verbal debate, where regulations are regarded as values for all, affecting what you can and cannot do in your own private house. Conversely, the Flemish allow private and local endeavours into the public or national sphere, which they often regard as a failure.

David Claerbout in: “The Camera that sits, arms crossed”, in: Niels Donckers, Sected Works 1992-2017, pg 11, De Garage 2017

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ARTISTS Exhibited 

Kati Heck

Thom Puckey

Philip Aguirre 

Renato Nicolodi

Cécile Bart

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Guillaume Bijl

Klaus Pobitzer

Kate Burkhart

Gerard Polhuis

Leo Copers

Perry Roberts

Hans Demeulenaere

Walter Swennen

Danny Devos

Guy Van Bossche

Lucas Devriendt

Philippe Van Snick

Peter Downsbrough

Els Vanden Meersch

Hubert Duprat

Filip Vervaet

Pieter Geenen

Bianca Voss

Paul Goede

Cindy Wright

Kris Fierens

Dirk Zoete

Philip Huyghe

Ruben Kindermans

Kris Vleeschouwer

Guy Rombouts