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23.12.21—20:00    Cancelled: KASK lecture Anne Daems Campus Bijloke - Cirque lecture

Cancelled: Unfortunately we have to cancel this lecture due to illness.

Anne Daems makes photographs, videos, room-filling installations and drawings. In her works, details of everyday life, inconspicuous actions and events are placed in the foreground. Daems approaches her subjects with microscopic precession, dissects them and 'fills' the exhibition space with the loose parts. Her subject can be an unknown passer-by she passes on the street, but equally the life in her garden, or that of her father.

She tends to order the chaotic world around her and at the same time she is aware of the impossibility or perhaps absurdity of this action and smiles at it. Thus she pecks at and documents the women she sees walking by in fur coats with gold rings and luxury brand paper bags. Daems zooms in on the bags. Colourful bags become colourful rectangles, which contrast with the warm brown of the fur coats. She reduces the image to a game of abstractions. The works seem to refer to icons from Minimal art, but with the appeal of a fashion photograph.

In the recent series and exhibition of the same name; The slug had a forget-me-not in its mouth, she shows watercolours of flowers next to those of slugs moving towards flowers. Presented on small tables, which are placed low on the ground, next to the drawings, perhaps for those same snails, are unbaked, clay bowls of compost and green waste. While the watercolours are reminiscent of middle-class hobbies, the arrangement of the tables with the bowls seems to refer to the Japanese tea ceremony and thus perhaps to Japanese natural ethics. In the text accompanying the exhibition at the Antwerp gallery Micheline Szwajcer, Dirk Pultau remarks that "(...) Thus she slowly tilts the pictorial idyll of the garden into a micro-dystopia, a counter-idyll, in which beauty and waste, decoration and violence, disguise and decay have attacked each other."

Anne Daems (°1966) studied photography at Sint-Lukas in Brussels. Afterwards she trained at the Rijksacademie in Amsterdam. In 1999 she won the Young Belgian Painters Award, the current Belgian Art Prize. Since then she has shown her work in various national and international exhibition venues including De Pont Museum; Tilburg, The Drawing Center; New York, Tokyo Opera City Gallery; Tokyo, Museum Ludwig; Cologne, Witte De With; Rotterdam, Laura Bartlett Gallery, London and Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, New York. The past year she had a solo exhibition at 3A Gallery, New York and at Micheline Szwajcer in Antwerp who represents her work. Daems lives and works in Brussels and teaches at Sint Lucas in Antwerp.

KASKlezingen najaar 2021

KASKlezingen najaar 2021

Anne Daems, De naaktslak had een vergeet-mij-nietje in zijn mond, 2019 56,5 x 76,5 cm, potlood, aquarelverf op papier

Anne Daems, De naaktslak had een vergeet-mij-nietje in zijn mond, 2019 56,5 x 76,5 cm, potlood, aquarelverf op papier