Hello October! Belgium’s glimming with activities these days. Aside from our Subbashows we want you to know what’s going on culture-wise. This month we’re asking Helena Kritis, programmer at Beursschouwburg and IFFR, half Greek, workaholic, feminist. Living in Antwerp and working in Brussels (best of both worlds), Helena once studied photography before figuring out she wanted work with artists rather than being one. This month she curated a selection of events we can’t miss this October.
Picture by Frédéric Raevens
If we wouldn’t have an event in Beursschouwburg that night as well, I would definitely be heading to Bureau des Réalités! Mophradat, a nonprofit arts organisation working with contemporary artists from the Arab World, will be hosting an evening there to celebrate their new publication ‘These are the tools of the present’. Sophie Nys, whose work I absolutely love, is one of the artists presenting her favorite tool and I’m super curious to find out what it is…
The audiovisual arts program in STUK has been on a roll these last two years, with great multiscreen shows by Björn Melhus, John Akomfrah and Joachim Koester. In October they will be opening a show by Israëli artist Omer Fast. A focal point in this exhibition will be his 3D film August, a fiction film based on the life and work of the well known photographer August Sander.
Artists are shaking things up in Antwerp! After the launch of artist-run spaces like CASSTL and Pinkie Bowtie we can now also visit ABC Klubhuis, a small storefront space near the Rooseveltplaats by five Icelandic artists who have been living in Antwerp. Next up will be a group show with Geran Knol, Timo van Grinsven and Aline Bouvy, which I’m all kinds of excited about. ABC Klubhuis is really a space to discover. They make a mean cocktail, so what’s not to like?
I’m in the board of Sabzian, an online platform for reflections on cinema founded by a group of young filmmakers. During Ghent Filmfestival they are hosting a roundtable on film criticism and they’ve managed to secure an outstanding line-up of filmjournalists from ‘Cahiers du Cinema’, ‘Sight and Sound’ and ‘Trafic’. I’m just super impressed by what Sabzian has accomplished for film criticism in Belgium in just a few short years, so I guess you could call me a proud board member.