Denicolai & Provoost

S.M.A.K. Presents


Denicolai&Provoost Eyeliner(Gent), 2021
From February 13, 2021 until May 30, 2021
S.M.A.K. is presenting an extensive overview of the work of italo-belgian artist duo Simona Denicolai & Ivo Provoost.
Simona Denicolai (b. 1972, Milan) and Ivo Provoost (b. 1974, Diksmuide) have been working as the artistic duo Denicolai & Provoost since the mid-1990s. For more than twenty years now, the artist duo Denicolai & Provoost have been working on a multidisciplinary practice that seeks to disrupt our normal ways of thinking and routine behaviour. This exhibition offers a comprehensive overview of the artistic strategies they have developed as a way of questioning reality.
Using protocols and scenarios that they have devised, and which are firmly rooted in a place’s unique characteristics, the pair involve people, objects and stories as ‘collaborators’ in their artistic process. The exchanges that these evoke are embedded in a local reality, whilst also touching upon universal themes such as citizenship, identity and solidarity.
Denicolai & Provoost constantly move within diverse communities: from a Spanish fish market to a Dutch commune or a working-class neighbourhood in Ghent. The time they spend in these places teaches them volumes about how the social order is established and might also be rethought. Through their work, the artists activate these communities and the people, objects and stories that belong to them.
Denicolai&Provoost Eyeliner(Gent), 2021
Denicolai&Provoost. HELLO ARE WE IN THE SHOW, Drawing storyboard, 2015
Denicolai & Provoost, HELLO, ARE WE IN THE SHOW?, animation film, 2020 produced by S.O.I.L. – Geert Van Goethem & Linda Sterckx – with the support of Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris and Netwerk, Aalst; a co-production between S.M.A.K., Ghent and BPS2BPS22, Charleroi; with the support of Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) and Casa Kafka Pictures Movie Tax Shelter with the support of Belfius; art production funding by Solang Production, Paris, Brussels. Courtesy the artist, LMNO, Brussels and Solang Production, Paris, Brussels
Denicolai & Provoost, HELLO, ARE WE IN THE SHOW?, animation film, 2020 produced by S.O.I.L. – Geert Van Goethem & Linda Sterckx – with the support of Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris and Netwerk, Aalst; a co-production between S.M.A.K., Ghent and BPS2BPS22, Charleroi; with the support of Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) and Casa Kafka Pictures Movie Tax Shelter with the support of Belfius; art production funding by Solang Production, Paris, Brussels. Courtesy the artist, LMNO, Brussels and Solang Production, Paris, Brussels
Denicolai&Provoost, Kisses
Denicolai&Provoost Preparatory work for installation S.M.A.K. 2021 Image Dirk Pauwels
Denicolai&Provoost Preparatory work for installation S.M.A.K. 2021 Image Dirk Pauwels
Denicolai&Provoost Preparatory work for installation S.M.A.K. 2021 Image Dirk Pauwels
Denicolai&Provoost Preparatory work for installation S.M.A.K. 2021 Image Dirk Pauwels
Denicolai&Provoost Verzetstaart 2018