10:00 - 21:00 installation at nona arts centre | golden hall

The Wasp and the Weather

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Rzoezie magazine, back side of cover, 1990 September, Mechelen Hugo Roelandt, Western (unrealised project), portfolio, 1986
Lavinia Wouters
Lavinia Wouters
Lavinia Wouters

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.

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Robin Vanbesien
Location
nona arts centre | golden hall
Begijnenenstraat 27
2800 Mechelen
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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.