30.06 — 22.09.19

Vincen Beeckman

Expo by Vincen Beeckman, consisting of 3 subjects:
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26.05 — 22.06.19

Xenia, Arian Christiaens

‘Xenia’ is a combination of recent and past portraits that Arian Christiaens made of her sister. Christiaens uses the act of making portraits as an attempt to communicate and understand her sister’s personality. ‘Xenia’ handles the search for identity and how people struggle with fitting in society. Next to this search for identity, Christiaens also addresses the limitations of portraiture and the inability of photography to tell the truth. What is constructed and what is real? Who is Xenia as a character and what does she express? The fear to exist, to (not) feel at ease in your own body and environment, the complexity of ones personality are themes that Christiaens deals with in a publication that floats between a photographic documentary and a (staged) story.
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Real Estate, Leo Gabin

Artlead & RIOT are proud to present a new REAL ESTATE project by Leo Gabin.
REAL ESTATE is an ongoing series of sculptural cardboard maquettes of residential American housing based on Google Street View research and footage shot by the artists during their travels in The States.
Join us for the presentation of a new zine – published by APE (Art Paper Editions) – and a limited edition series of seven cardboard maquettes made especially for artlead. This is a one-night-only exhibition, so be sure not to miss it!
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04.05 — 05.05.19

Idiosyncratic Machine, Kristof Van Gestel

During the course of one year, starting in 2016, the artist Kristof Van Gestel (°1976) worked as an artist in residence at S.M.A.K. (Ghent, BE) under the title ‘Participants wanted’. This publication provides a photographic record of the last part of his residency: organising and showing Idiosyncratic Machine to the public, as an experimental work of art in the museum . In addition to the photographic report by Kurt Stockman and Dirk Pauwels, Philippe Van Cauteren, Jeroen Peeters, Tijl Bossuyt, Isabelle De Baets, Hidde Van Schie and Kristof Van Gestel explain and demonstrate the meaning of both the process of the IM as a participatory method and artwork as well as of its development and establishment in the museum. The image section in the book can serve as a guide for the reader to activate the Idiosyncratic Machine himself. The book is designed by Lauren Grusenmeyer.

03.02 — 20.04.19

Neighbours volume 8‚ artist collections

Neighbours volume 8‚ artist collections’ shows a large and diverse selection of the personal collections of (inter)national artists. The collections that artists have acquired over time, originated from an exchange of works between fellow artists.
The goal of Neighbours volume 8‚ artist collections’, is to show the connections and the collective interests of the artists that participate, without laying the focus on commercial restrictions that mostly come up when the concept of an ‘art collector’ is discussed. By placing the works on one monumental wall, the relations between the works and the connection between the artists form a dialogue with each other. It is important to make a link between young, upcoming artists and more acknowledged artists. By this, the reference to the Salons in Paris, that initiated from 1667 on, is made. These Salons were characterized by their visitors, who were a wide selection of all layers of the population at that time.
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13.09 — 24.11.18

How To Do The Flowers, Ruth van Beek

We are pleased to invite you to the opening of our new exhibition and booklaunch of Ruth Van Beek, How To Do The Flowers.
The repetition of images, visual sequences, accidental similarities and free associations form the alphabet of a mysterious language. Starting from her archive, Ruth van Beek makes collages and books. The images from this archive are constantly conversing with one another. A large part of the image archive finds its origin in old manuals. Books that are made as a tool, as an advisor for everyday occupations. The images mainly show hands that demonstrate how something is supposed to be done. Hands that dig in the earth, that make dolls, that arrange flowers, that cook. All sorts of daily actions pass by. By focusing on the action and detaching from the original context, van Beeck encourages imagination, thereby provoking un-comfortable and uneasy feelings: passive human hands become animated, objects become characters and abstract shapes come to life. Hundreds of images and tests from van Beecks image archive come together. They show a method and create, in turn, a manual for creating new work.
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Ruth van Beek, How To Do The Flowers
Art Paper Editions & Dashwood Books
(buy here)

22.03 — 02.06.18

2099, Sybren Vanoverberghe

2099 shows images of remembrance linked to Sybren Vanoverberghes perception on the constant evolution of history and its repetitive character. Deconstructed places and manipulated icons function on an associative basis to create a new overview of the present. As a photographer Vanoverberghe is experimenting with what is staged and what is not. He researches how he as a photographer can interfere in the landscape by working on an underlying lyricism in the images. The work can both be seen as a prophecy for the future as well as a desire to the past. Some photographs are taken by chance and close to home, other were chosen to photograph on fixed historical locations and in metropoles.

Sybren Vanoverberghe, 2099
24 x 29,5 cm, 92 p, ills colour/b&w, paperback with screenprinted dustjacket
ISBN 9789490800758
€ 30

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Black Mountain Conversations, Annelies de Mey

Launch of the new publication with photographs by Annelies de Mey. A short presentation of “Black Mountain Conversations” will be given by photographer Annelies de Mey in the gallery.
The Black Mountain is the archetype of a mountain that seems unmountable and indestructible because of its steep mountainside. The past and future can have no influence on its power and immortality. Annelies de Mey has respect for the absoluteness of the mountain. She believes in the moment of encounter and waits for the moon, the sun and the snow.

Annelies de Mey, Black Mountain Conversations
18,4 x 26 cm, 84 p, ills colour, paperback
ISBN 9789490800734
€ 25

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03.11 — 13.01.18

Surplus, Marc Nagtzaam

While Marc Nagtzaam’s drawings are far from devoid of any sense of discovery, they are extremely programatic, composed of tight, deliberate gestures. Filling in all the negative fields in his drawings with graphite himself, if his mode of drawing conforms in any way to what one normally expects of the practice of drawing, it is largely in terms of time. For all their seductive systematic severity, they abundantly testify to a human presence, paradoxically conveying that despite the artist’s methodically engineered absence, he was nevertheless there.
For this exhibition Nagtzaam will show various series of work: several wall drawings depicting previously made, or yet to be realized, designs for works on paper. Next to a large selection of sketches and prints, containing the fragments he uses to construct the grid like patterns of his drawings.
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01.07 — 02.07.17

Touse / Toucher, Stien Bekaert

A combination of 9 artworks (100cm x 75cm), acting as one identity. The openness is a statement, everyone converts a story to his own standards, regardless of the original content. The fragments act autonomously and narrate a story when brought together, a breakpoint. We experience a repetition that results in a distortion of facts: by re-using imagery, decomposing and deconstructing them in several ways.
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28.04 — 30.09.17

Red, Yellow, Blue, Na Kim

With a background in graphic design, Na Kim creates expansive work that freely traverses the edge between fine art and design. By doing away with pre-existing rules and symbolic meanings, she studies the essential elements in form, rearranging it based on its geometric standards. In her work, the formal elements of graphic design are transformed into the formal language of the fine art, presenting an ongoing experimentation with new forms and content that transcend the boundary and differences that exist between contemporary art and design. SET v. 8: red, yellow, blue and selected Found Compositions are two main parts of this show in RIOT.

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03.02 — 15.04.17

Print On Demand, Manor Grunewald

Launch of the first monograph of Manor Grunewald, APE#091, External Hard Disk. At 20:00 Manor will have a talk with Thomas Caron about his work. Manor Grunewald focuses on the process of transforming images, whereby the printing process itself, as well as the results achieved with various printing techniques, plays a special role within his compositions, in which order and chaos, the creating, breaking, interrupting and dissolving of structures, are all key elements.
Manor Grunewald considers himself first and foremost as a painter, although he is also active in the fields of sculpture, installation and prints. His work is characterised by the constant analysis of the development of the pictorial in our daily environment. He finds and collects the sources of his images everywhere in daily life: in newspapers, advertising, books, etc. In his recent works, his painting is concerned with the optics, visual conformity, imperfection and arbitrariness of the phenomenon of the black-and-white copy.

Manor Grunewald, External Hard Disk
3 x 30 cm, 240 p, ills colour, paperback, English
ISBN 9789490800666
€ 30

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17.11 — 14.01.17

Japanese Whispers, Zaza Bertrand

Fascinated by the concept of intimacy in Japan, and Japanese culture at large, Belgian photographer Zaza Bertrand created a documentary photo series inside rabuhos. In these kitschy safe havens, erotic desires roam freely yet anonymously, in utter seclusion. More colloquially known as love hotels, rabuhos epitomise the long-held pragmatic separation of sex and love in Japan.

Zaza Bertrand, Japanese Whispers
22,5 x 30 cm, 96 p, ills. colour, english
ISBN 9789490800550
€ 30,00

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13.10 — 12.11.16

Versailles City, Amina Saadi + “Dunkel”, record release mein Bruder Karin

“Versailles City is a 2 year project that took place at a social housing project at Neder-Over-Heembeek, Brussels. The project raises questions about territory, community and both personal and collective identity. But mostly this work — through my presence, meetings, friendships and workshops — is about giving a representation of the reality and building a story linked to my experiences of the place.” (Amina Saâdi) Amina Saâdi (BE) graduated this year at Kask / School of Arts (Ghent, BE).

APE#063 mein Bruder Karin, dunkel (artist edition)
mein Bruder Karin is an electronics duo from Brussels and Düsseldorf, founded by Volkmar Mühleis and Lutz Boddenberg. They mix the tradition of German songwriting with sound experiments. Boddenberg has collaborated with Kraftwerk drumcomposer Wolfgang Flür, Angela Davis and Australian singer Julia Messanger; he composes and produces the music. Mühleis writes and performs the lyrics.

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29.09 — 01.10.16

BIG JAMES, Pieterjan Ginckels

THU 29.09.16 / 16:00-22:00

FRI 30.09.16 / 16:00-20:00

SAT 01.10.16 / 16:00-20:00

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05.05 — 24.09.16

Experimental Jetset: Word-Things in Time-Space

Originally created for a wide variety of specific contexts (exhibitions, installations and commissions), these pieces (or fragments of pieces) are now brought together in a decontextualized manner, to form a new installation – not unlike a spatial collage or montage.
Experimental Jetset is an Amsterdam-based graphic design studio founded in 1997 by Marieke Stolk, Erwin Brinkers and Danny van den Dungen. Focusing on printed matter and site-specific installations, Experimental Jetset have worked on projects for a wide variety of institutes, including Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Centre Pompidou, Dutch Post Group and Whitney Museum of American Art.
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21.01 — 09.04.16

Haha Nude, Paul Kooiker

Haha Nude, a small retrospective exhibition by Paul Kooiker consisting of three series: “Fountains” from 2000, ‘Crush’ from 2009 and ‘Nude Animal Cigar’ from 2014
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05.11 — 01.01.16

Street Photography, Hana Miletić

Hinging on social and economical issues, Croatia-born Brussels-based Hana Miletić’s work explores the residues and upheavals of political changes in Europe. Often describing her artistic practice as “street photography”, Miletić documents the objects, stories and phenomena generated in the aftermath of the disintegration of Yugoslavia and the global financial crisis. While the artist employs photography as a tool to conduct her investigations, her artistic outcomes aren’t always strictly photographic. For Miletić, photography essentially functions as a means of orientation in her ongoing exploration of social reality.
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CLOSING EVENT 16.01.2016
15:00 — 19:00 DJ workshop for women organised by Amal Alhaag & Maria Guggenbichler
19:00 Party with a B2B DJ set of the participants of the DJ Workshop for Women

09.09 — 31.10.15

Four Oranges, Some Office Buildings, Woman’s Legs, Stephanie Kiwitt

Between August and November 2014 Stephanie Kiwitt was commissioned by Team Flemish Government Architect to make a photographic work about the outskirts of Brussels: Diegem, Haren, Zaventem, Sint-Stevens-Woluwe, Kraainem, Sint-Pieters-Woluwe, Oudergem, Ukkel, Vorst, Drogenbos, Ruisbroek, Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, Anderlecht, Dilbeek, Groot-Bijgaarden, Sint-Agatha-Berchem, Ganshoren, Jette, Strombeek-Bever, Grimbergen and Vilvoorde. These neighbouring but extremely different areas cannot be conceived in terms of a single unequivocal image.
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Stephanie Kiwitt, Four Oranges, Some Office Buildings, Woman’s Legs
21 x 29,7 cm, 32 pages
Art Paper Editions
ISBN 9789490800376
€ 20,00

03.07 — 05.09.15

The Edition Show

The most accessible and reasonably priced contemporary art show.
Artists: Hana Miletic, Eike König (HORT), Robbert&Frank Frank&Robbert, Jurgen Maelfeyt, Paul Elliman, Stine Sampers, Tom Callemin, Marc Nagtzaam, Stijn Cole, Erik van der Weijde, Charlotte Lybeer, Lotte Reimann, Gerard Herman, Kris Van Dessel, Max Pinckers, Aaron McElroy, Pieterjan Ginckels, Stefan Vanthuyne & Marijke Loozen, Dafy Hagai, Feline Taveirne, Philippe Van Wolputte, Elisabeth Ida, We Became Aware, Lara Dhondt, Aukje Koks, Timo Bonneure & Arjen Verswijvelt, Peter Lemmens, Goele de Bruyn, Mariken Wessels, Ruth van Beek, Ine Meganck, Kasper Andreassen, Thomas Min, Debby Huysmans, Ante Timmermans, Titus Simoens, Dominique Somers … and more TBC

Elisabeth Ida Mulyani, Inside Embassies

Kris Van Dessel, Capture

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14.05 — 27.06.15

Bavaria, Erik van der Weijde

Erik van der Weijde spent most of his child-hood holidays in Bavaria. The southern state in Germany has been a recurring theme in his work ever since. From the castles that were commissioned by King Ludwig II, such as Neuschwanstein— which became Walt Disney’s inspiration for the Sleeping Beauty castle — to the re-shaping of the cultural landscape through architecture during the Third Reich period, Van der Weijde ‘collects’ his images to trace paths between historic entities.
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02.04 — 09.05.15

Me & My Models, Jan Hoek

Jan Hoek has photographed amateur models, mentally ill homeless people in Africa, a girl with no arms and legs, a heroin addict who dreams of being a model, or people he has simply found in advertisements on the internet. The photo shoot is never what he expected, model and photographer always have different expectations. The model actually wants sex while Jan Hoek wants to shoot the dog. The model tries to be as glamorous as possible, while Jan wants to picture the decay. Photographing is not just about the image but also the relationship between the photographer and the model. How far can you go with your models?
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12.02 — 15.03.15

Will They Sing Like Raindrops or Leave Me Thirsty, Max Pinckers

The idea of love – in its myriad shapes and with its many meanings – has long inspired and provoked the human imagination. A central preoccupation of art, and life, it has been explored by countless artists in numerous forms and through several mediums. It is also the focus of Max Pinckers’s latest photobook Will They Sing Like Raindrops or Leave Me Thirsty that attempts to document and capture, stage and bring to life, the multiple facets of romance and marriage within a contemporary Indian context.

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08.01 — 07.02.15

PLAKAT, Jelena Vanoverbeek

RIOT proudly presents the solo exhibition PLAKAT by Jelena Vanoverbeek.
Modern desire, caused by an insatiable wish-production of the individual, is a wound of reality, covered up violently by cultural industry. The conceptual-artistic practice of Jelena Vanoverbeek occupies the symbolic dimension of the images, types, text and formats that echo from the fiction screen onto reality, identifying concepts such as ‘love’, ‘happiness’, ‘death’, ‘truth’, etc.
In her artistic practice, Vanoverbeek pushes forward the subject of the artist as being an explicit signifier which operates simultaneously as a pseudonym for the Western, collective ‘I’. Her graphical expertise is the perspective from which she observes, acknowledges and appropriates the footage. This process provokes an ‘interfiction’: a vacuum where fiction folds back onto its strategy and purpose, making every work an anatomical study; a dissection of the body of a medium, a language, a symbol, a culture, an experience.

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Riot Bookshop

Opening of our new bookshop focussing on independent international publishers: Spector Books, Roma Publications, Sternberg Press, Fw: Books, Karma, 4478zine, Art Paper Editions, Rollo Press, Occasional Papers, Valiz and many others tbc.

19:00 — Performance by Pieterjan Ginckels, ‘Motzeria’
20:00 — Poetry reading by Hana Miletic & Ibrahim Khayar, ‘Tenir Paroles’
21:00 — Concert by Soldatenhart
Exhibition Pieterjan Ginckels ‘Blank Buzz Club’ 21.11 — 20.12.2014

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20.11 — 28.12.14

BLANK BUZZ CLUB, Pieterjan Ginckels

Pieterjan Ginckels palmt met de solotentoonstelling BLANK BUZZ CLUB de gloednieuwe tentoonstellingsruimte en artbookshop RIOT in. De boekencollectie ligt uitgestald op BIG JAMES en MEDIUM JAMES: twee sculpturen waarvan de uitgezaagde contouren refereren naar de (James) Dyson Airblade handdrogers. Ze worden gedragen door een dozijn stoelen uit Ginckels’ S.P.A.M. OFFICE.

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