Venturing into a fantastical world
Things we want you to know about and people we want to give a little extra support. Ever wondered what happens when you give artists a ‘carte blanche’ for a night? Or when Ghanaian movie posters and a tattoo shop collide? Read on and find out.
Text and selection by Noor Al-Bender
Night Shift, your favourite night-time carousel founded in Gouvernement in Ghent, co-curated by Laurens Schnurrbart Marien, is making a stop at the impressive De Studio building in Antwerp this time. The original idea remains; artists coming out of different disciplines receive a ‘carte blanche’ for a night, transforming the venue in a casual playground.
In a whirling 12-hour programme, Night Shift generates a broad and public platform for (unfinished) projects, early experiments and unseen tryouts.
Expect a special ensemble of subtle and flagrant performances, idiosyncratic interventions, suddenly activated installations and other less categorizable exciting bits by artists such as Benjamin Abel Meirhaeghe, Bert Jacobs & Ari-Pekka Leinonen, Charlotte Bouckaert, Ief Spincemaille, Max Meyer, Nienke Baeckelandt, Ode de Kort and Radio Roeien Met Riemen.
DE Studio, Antwerp
Deadly Prey and Purple Sun have a fresh collaboration in the works. Deadly Prey gallery specialises in hand-painted Ghanaian movie posters that were once used in Ghana’s mobile cinema industry and still represent a tangible product of that time. Joining forces with tattoo shop Purple Sun, the gallery offers two days of submersion into the works of Ghanaian movie poster painter Heavy J. During the opening more than 50 of his posters can be admired and purchased. On the second day it will be possible to get an exclusive flash design by Ghanaian artists tattooed by Kid Nowe, Horigandhi or Indy Voet. A weekend where movie poster art from Ghana meets a Brussels tattoo studio. Take a piece home or get one on your body.
Purple Sun, Brussels