Last year’s political turmoil including Brexit; the election of Donald Trump – leading to the widespread use of the term fake news -, undemocratic constitutional referendums in Poland and Turkey; the persecution of dissidents and protesters, is the backdrop for the upcoming and fifth edition of Marres Currents. The turmoil has forced us, both as individuals and collectively, to rethink whether the fundamentals of our so-called democratic society are still in place. Are we still allowed to exercise free speech? How transparent are the policies of decision-makers? Can the independent media still exist? Is there room for inclusive debates?

In this day and age of virtual communication with its echo chambers and filter bubbles, political propaganda, the construction and transmission of myths, whitewashing, etc., artists raise questions regarding our methods to transmit knowledge, and re-examine the tools we have to communicate with one another. This exhibition therefore departs from ideas related to Knowledge Commons, the philosophy pursuing a society in which information can be collectively owned, shared and managed as opposed to the privatisation of knowledge. How can collective knowledge generate collective consciousness? The exhibition runs from 13.12.2017 till 4.02.2018

Curators: Isabel Van Bos and Evelyn Simons.

Participating artists: Henry Andersen (KASK Ghent), Felix Breidenbach (Kunstakademie Düsseldorf), Alejandro Céron (Dutch Art Institute Arnhem), Nicholas Hoffman (Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste Städelschule Frankfurt am Main), Aurélie d’Incau (MAFAD, Maastricht), Jesuus, (AKV | St. Joost Den Bosch), Tim Löhde (Kunstakademie Düsseldorf), José Montealegre (Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste Städelschule Frankfurt am Main), Ektor Ntourakos (AKV | St. Joost Den Bosch), Johanna Odersky (Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste Städelschule Frankfurt am Main), OJAI (Gary Farrelly, Sint-Lukas, Brussels & Chris Dreier), Nadia Perlov (Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste Städelschule Frankfurt am Main), Maria Gil Ulldemolins (PXL MAD School of Arts, Hasselt) and Remko Van der Auwera (Sint-Lukas Brussels).

Scenography: Parasite 2.0

Graphic Design: Roxane Maillet (ERG, Brussels)

Marres Currents #5 is the fifth edition of Marres Currents, an annual exhibition in which young curators are invited to curate an exhibition of recently graduated artists from art academies in the Southern Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany. In doing so, Marres provides a platform for young artists and curators, and contributes to an international infrastructure for talent development.