Nelly Ben Hayoun is being exhibited at Z33, the House for Contemporary Art, Design and Architecture, in Belgium as part of The Work of Time/The Time of Work, an exhibit that explores the relationships between time, knowledge and learning. The exhibit, which was due to open on the 14th of March but was postponed as a result of measures taken to combat the spread of COVID-19, will now be opening on this Thursday the 21st of May and will run until the 29th of August. Nelly will be showing new and existing work with a stellar line up of other artists. Access to the exhibition will be by appointment only in the early phase of Belgium lifting its lockdown.
What does ‘free’ time mean when everything is about efficiency and speed? If machines have already calculated what we think, feel and desire in a fraction of a second, is there any room left for slow human processes such as doubt, dialogue, democracy … imagination? And what happens when we think on a totally different scale, not characterised by increasing speed, but – to the contrary – by extreme inertia. Current problems such as the climate crisis or dealing with nuclear waste require urgent action, but at the same time these issues force us to think far beyond our own understanding of time.
Z33 is a new exhibition building that is being used for the first time therefore provides a unique moment. It is the first time that we have entered the building with you as an audience and filled it with stories.
OPENING WEEKEND 14 & 15 MARCH 2020 We will start the opening weekend in a festive way with a program of exhibitions, performances, tours, family activities … and a big party! Z33 will be free to visit that weekend, between 10 AM and 6 PM.
EXHIBITIONS There are no memories of a new building yet. You see it – for the first and last time – untainted and pure. Only when people start using it will they discover what the building wants, allows or prevents.
The Time of Work invites a group of artists to be the first to do so. With works by Lotte Van den Audenaeren, Benjamin Verdonck, Noé Soulier, Les Gens d’Uterpan, Lodie Kardouss, Radouan Mriziga, Francesca Torzo, Christoph De Boeck, Anton Parys and William Forsythe. How can we grasp time, stop, bend over and explore it? In The Work of Time the artists and projects focus on other time dimensions: the mythical, spiritual and non-human time. With works by Judith Seng, Nelly Ben Hayoun, Teis De Greve, Commonplace Studio, Maarten Vanden Eynde, Alexis Destoop, Ecole Mondiale, Helga Schmid, Danilo Correale, Andy Weir. In Currents # 7: Birds of a Feather, the works of seven recently graduated artists come together: Israel Aten, Myrthe Baptist, Justine Court, Jonathan De Maeyer, Jonas Dehnen, Leroy Meyer and Naama Roth.