Geukens & De Vil, Leopoldplaats 12, 2000 Antwerp (BE)
ARTIST TALK with curator Azad Asifovitch and artists Sofie Muller & Katya Ev.
TIME: 15:00 - 16:00
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GROUPSHOW: Oxana Shachko, Katya Ev, Sofie Muller
Curated by Azad Asifovich
The exhibition is a dialogue between the work of SHACHKO (FR-UA), SOFIE MULLER (BE) and KATYA EV (FR-RU). In addition to the common theme of the human body, there is a mutual use of natural materials: alabaster and blood (Muller) - wood and milk (Ev) - tempera, egg yolk and gold (Shachko).
Untitled (of the French-Russian artist Katya Ev, shows a wooden bedframe filled with milk. The smooth surface of milk, locked in the wooden frame, functions as a mirror. This direct confrontation contains several symbolic connotations: the bed as place of intimacy, vulnerability, sickness and death opposed to milk as a reference to mother’s milk, the very first nutrition of all human.
A series of anthropomorphic drawings by Sofie Muller shows every aspect of the human body: juxtaposed bodies and limps, sometimes lifeless, sometimes drawn as dreamlike studies, other times anatomically correct. She masterfully captures the fragile vulnerability of the human body in all its pain and splendor.
Alongside her many protest actions, Oxana Shachko painted iconoclastic icons according to the traditional rules of icon painting. By adding transgressive elements, she confronts religious dogmas with feminist and political messages.