The Wasp and the Weather is an exhibition of archival documents presented by artist Robin Vanbesien as part of Contour Biennale 9. The Wasp and the Weather takes a closer look at a collection of poems by youngsters from Rzoezie (Arabic word for wasp), a former youth centre (1978-2006) in Mechelen (Belgium), which was founded and self-organized by youngsters of Moroccan and Amazigh descent.
In this archival exhibition, a range of documents from Rzoezie’s monthly print magazine (1990-2001) are juxtaposed with a series of works (1986-1994) by the Belgian artist Hugo Roelandt (°1950 †2015) in which our immediate surroundings are brought into view.
The Wasp Originally published in Rzoezie’s monthly print magazine, this collection of poems gives voice to a (counter-)public imaginary that argues for a society of radical equality. An experience of tensions and feelings of uncertainty are gleaned from these poems, indicating racial discrimination in a hostile social environment.
The Weather In what we can call the weather in a white world, anti-blackness is as pervasive as climate. How can the poems of the Wasp resonate in heavy weather? What is the space for and of this poetry? To write a poem and read it aloud doesn’t require much material infrastructure, but each word can yield a new consciousness of the relations of subjects to one another and to their physical surroundings.
produced by timely, coproduced by Spectre productions and Contour 9, supported by Darna – Flemish Moroccan culture house, BUDA arts centre Kortrijk, Arts in Society Award, M HKA, H30 and Amsab-ISG.