Every year, De Studio functions as the central location for the Antwerp Art Weekend and Antwerp Art invites a curator to produce an exhibition in one or more of De Studio’s many rooms. This time, Antwerp Art invited artist duo and Brussels based artist run exhibition space Deborah Bowmann, or Amaury Daurel and Victor Delestre, to create a site specific exhibition in De Studio’s biggest space: a giant black box. Titled ‘The Spectacle of Our Lives’, the exhibition is narrated by its artworks, the pieces activating and de-activating, being lit at specific moments in time, while others remain engulfed in darkness, the exposition changing to a slow rhythm. Performers enter the stage, or rather the exhibition space, outspoken and loudly, as well as emerging from a place hidden in plain sight. Art pieces will start to perform and visitors too, who unwarily become part of the whole, blurring the lines between art, artist and the spectator. The exhibition, the spectacle, will not be the same an hour later, so make sure to come back multiple times throughout the duration of the Antwerp Art Weekend in order to experience the entire thing.

‘The Spectacle of Our Lives’ shows pieces by artists Anouchka Oler-Nussbaum, Stefanie Schwarzwimmer, Pauline Curnier Jardin, Elise van Mourik, Stéphane Barbier Bouvet, Laurie Charles & Nicolas Jorio, Théo Demans & Carolin Gieszner, Arnaud Eubelen, Benoît Gruel, Coraline Guilbeau, Romain Juan, Felix Kindermann, Eva L’Hoest, Stephanie Quirola Margaux Parillaud & Mie Frederikke Fischer Christensen, Clément Carat and Hugo Dinër, is curated by Deborah Bowmann and is realized with the support of Antwerp Art, De Studio, Flanders and the City of Antwerp.

Photography: © Benny Van den Meulengracht-Vrancx and Deborah Bowmann / all images copyright and courtesy of the artists, De Studio, Antwerp and Deborah Bowmann
14th to 19th of May 2021 at De Studio, Antwerp
Deborah Bowmann