Risquons-Tout at Wiels

Evelyn Taocheng Wang, False poster, 2020. Oil, rice paper on linen canvas, 120 x 100cm. Courtesy of the artist and Antenna Space, Shanghai; Carlos/Ishikawa, London; Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam.
From September 12, 2020 until January 10, 2021
Risquons-Tout is an ambitious, thematic exhibition that explores the potential of risk, transgression and unpredictability. It examines how art challenges the homogenisation of thought in the now infamous echo chambers of our overcrowded info-sphere.
Risquons-Tout presents some of the most innovative and influential artists and authors from the Eurocore region, which extends between Amsterdam, Paris, Cologne, Düsseldorf and London, with Brussels at its centre. The title is borrowed from a place located on the Belgian-French border, a real yet liminal space of transition, passage and informal exchanges, notably smuggling. The invited artists negotiate different dynamics of bridging, passing, translating and transgressing. In doing so they burst the safe bubbles generated by prediction algorithms, designed to avoid any risk, whether intellectual, financial, emotional or physical. The exhibition’s geographic and political scope addresses today’s global connectivity, trans-national circulation and diasporic movements.
Risquons-Tout will occupy the entire WIELS building and range out into neighbouring exhibition and performance spaces. A visually engaging presentation of work by 38 internationally recognised or emerging artists, the exhibition proposes a rich array of practices that defy easy categorisation. Risquons-Tout will also include a performative sprogramme and an Open School that will serve as a laboratory for artists and scholars to draw upon questions of risk, unpredictability and borders through a range of alternative methods for the transmission of knowledge.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue published by Fonds Mercator/Mercatorfonds and designed by Harrison. The book features essays and interviews by Dirk Snauwaert, Emanuele Coccia, Marina Vishmidt and Vivian Ziherl, as well as a wide range of reproductions of works.
With this project, WIELS’ aim is to help the European capital, Brussels, to develop artistic tools and cultural policies capable of addressing the issues and paradoxes of today.
List of invited artists
Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven (BE) - Bernd Lohaus (BE/DE) - CATPC - Christian Nyampeta (UK/RW/NL) - Ed Atkins (UK) - Elaine Sturtevant (US/FR) - Esther Ferrer (ES) - Evelyn Taocheng Wang (CN/NL) - Ghislaine Leung (UK) - Heide Hinrichs (DE) - Isaac Julien (UK) - Jean De Lacoste (BE) - Jef Geys (BE) - Joëlle Tuerlinckx (BE) - Julien Creuzet (BQ/FR) - Kati Heck (DE/BE) - Laure Prouvost (FR/BE) - Lise Duclaux (FR/BE) - Lubaina Himid (Zanzibar/UK) & Magda Stawarska-Beavan (PL/UK) - Lydia Ourahmane (DZ/UK) & Alex Ayed (BE) - Manon De Boer (IN/NL/BE) & Latifa Laâbissi (FR) - Manuel Graf (DE) - Melike Kara (DE) - Monika Stricker (DE) - Mounira Al Solh (LB/NL) - Neïl Beloufa (FR) - Nora Turato (HR/NL) - Panamarenko (BE) - Peter Buggenhout (BE) - Philippe van Snick (BE) - Shezad Dawood (UK) - Sina Seifee (DE) - Sophie Nys (BE) - Suchan Kinoshita (JP/DE) - Tarek Lakhrissi (FR)
Isaac Julien, Lina Bo Bardi - A Marvellous Entanglement, 2019. Courtesy of the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery, London/Venice; Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo/Rio de Janeiro/New York; Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam.
Sturtevant, L’Abécédaire de Deleuze (First series), 2012. 6-channel film installation. ©Estate Sturtevant, Paris. Courtesy of Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, London/Paris/Salzburg and Air de Paris, Paris.
Mounira Al Solh, The Mother of David and Goliath, 2019. Oil on canvas, 222 x 205,5 cm. Courtesy the artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut and Hamburg.
Neïl Beloufa, L'Ennemi de mon Ennemi, table GA 4 : Fusion / Recel © Aurélien Mole. Courtesy of Neïl Beloufa Studio.
Shezad Dawood, In the Night Garden (Study), 2020. Acrylic on vintage textile, 60 x 70 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai.
Sina Seifee, Wonders of the Moon - A Thousand Years of Sleepwalking, 2020 Film installation, wooden structure covered with curved plasterboard, 225 x 130 cm.
Tarek Lakhrissi, Sick Sad World, 2020.
Christian Nyampeta, Self-portrait as Christopher Okigbo, 2020.
Kati Heck, Schwarzes Brett I & II, 2020 Cotton, 406 × 650 cm Courtesy of Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp