HISK - Laureates Exhibition

In a Long Blink of an Eye

In a Long Blink of an Eye, exhibition shot. Photo Laure Cottin Stefanelli & Manuel Wetscher
  • Date

    17/12/2020 31/01/2021
  • Location

    HISK Gosset site, Gabrielle Petitstraat 4, Brussel, BE
  • Curated by

    Daniella Geo

Time is deeply ingrained in our perception and experience of it and yet completely independent from both. While time follows its course, our memory of it varies according to how we compartmentalize it.

The two-year program just completed by the ten artists featured in this exhibition – which coincides with my term as HISK curator – is a paradigmatic case. This is not entirely due to the unprecedented differences between 2019 and 2020, a year that has so far been dictated by the coronavirus pandemic. So much has happened since our first days at the HISK, and we have gone through such a rollercoaster of events and emotions together, that it seems as if time has both flicked by and been stretched out.

The artworks we find in In a Long Blink of an Eye result from long processes of ideation, research, creation and making – not necessarily in that order –, much of them having come into being during this (still) strange and limiting new reality. It should be acknowledged that it was not self-evident for anyone to concretize their works. Some of the artists had to reconsider their presentations, given so much was at stake. The lack of mobility and continuous access to means of production, the absence of financial stability and an array of other uncertainties all took their toll. If this is a reality encountered by most artists throughout history and in all regions, it has been exacerbated by the current global context, to which we are still learning to adapt. It is as if time has been placed in a loop.