During Triennial Bruges 2021: TraumA, in addition to the installations in the city centre of Bruges, a group exhibition will also be organized to further explore the ambivalent theme: between dream and nightmare, under the skin or underground, from analogue to digital alienation. A selection of around 40 sculptures, photographs, drawings, paintings, and videos links the ‘unnerving’ nature of the rooms within the Burghers’ Lodge with dissonant voices, storylines, and wondrous worlds. The artists portray their view of the world, mankind, and architecture, which sometimes appears to be fragmented or distorted, but at other times also idyllic or heavenly.
Triennial Bruges 2021: TraumA proposes a microscopic view of the environment and its residents, an under-the-skin analysis, and an interweaving with the hidden part of the urban fabric. The unspoken or the unnerving comes to the fore in the context of its architecture, urbanization, gardens, or parks. The exhibition The Porous City adds another dimension: the indoor spaces of a building where the work of diverse artists is divided into thematic groups. Here, Triennial Bruges extends the scope of its research from the urban outdoors to the private nature of a former home. In this environment, the research is intensified and narrowed down: in this laboratory, art forms create a dialogue, while others clash or seek conflict.
From the ‘Grand Nada’ to the ‘Vanity of Vanities’, visitors are confused, from cellar to spire, by colorful ribbons, delicate flowers, or strings of oil paint. Hard marble, wooden splinters, and strange polyester shapes shun today’s individual and social challenges. Besides the different threats, there is naturally also room for idyll and wonder. The fact the work is local, from Belgian workshops or a private collection, makes the presentation meaningful, stirring, and reassuring.
With work from Bilal Bahir, Semâ Bekirović, Rakel Bergman Fröberg, Willem Boel, Dries Boutsen, Jana Cordenier, Thierry De Cordier, Sarah De Vos, Lisse Declercq, Danny Devos, Joëlle Dubois, Kendell Geers, Daan Gielis, Geert Goiris, John Isaacs, Athar Jaber, Thomas Lerooy, Emilio López-Menchero, Enrique Marty, Cécile Massart, Hermann Nitsch, Ronald Ophuis, Štefan Papčo, Jasper Rigole, Sarah&Charles, Gregor Schneider, Mircea Suciu, Adrien Tirtiaux, Narcisse Tordoir, Ana Torfs, Gavin Turk, Ingel Vaikla, Caroline Van den Eynden, Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven, Filip Vervaet, Julie Villard & Simon Brossard, Friederike von Rauch
The transitoriness and liquidity of the city are further illustrated here, and all the artworks along the route are situated in the context of the work of the participating artist and architects. Visitors can also view the video presentation of Tomás Saraceno’s performance. The Belgian artistic collective Rotor presents a natural history museum around the Chinese mitten crab, and Roxy Paines Checkpoint is also on display here. Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian exhibits a selection of her renowned mirror works.