LODGERS #9 Hotel Charleroi



M HKA, Antwerp

04 February 2017 - 30 April 2017

The LODGERS programme is a collaboration between AIR Antwerpen and M HKA. We welcome imaginative artistic initiatives to come and occupy the 6th floor at M HKA. The programme offers a unique opportunity for public interface, to organisations and initiatives who focus specifically on producing and commissioning, and who do not have their own public space. These LODGERS might be publishers, commissioning agencies, research initiatives, labels, collectives, discussion platforms or other initiatives experimenting with artistic practice who would be interested to live, work and experiment in Antwerp.

LODGERS are welcomed from "Eurocore" – the combined region of Benelux and the Rheinland. Free entrance to visit our LODGERS. Come and say hello!

The LODGERS programme is co-curated by Nav Haq, Senior Curator at M HKA, and Alan Quireyns, Artistic Director at AIR Antwerpen.

HOTEL CHARLEROI is an applied research project initiated by visual artists Adrien Tirtiaux , Antoine Turillon and Hannes Zebedin in Charleroi, the largest city in Wallonia, Belgium’s French-speaking region. Between 2010 and 2014, HOTEL CHARLEROI invited more than 100 artists for informal residencies in Charleroi and organised annual exhibitions in public or semi-public spaces that managed to bring together a local and international audience.

Each year, HOTEL CHARLEROI has re-established its field of research. They have found new landmarks within the city and used them as artistic labs to address critical statements on the city’s post-industrial development strategies. Among other projects, LE CHANT DES POSSIBLES occupied numerous non-places around the city’s ring road (2011), VILLE EN ABÎME took up the 60.000m2 of the derelict Congress Hall “Palais des Expositions” (2012) and LA FORCE DU CHANGEMENT proposed a winter school for one weekend on the construction site of a huge shopping mall in the old city centre (2014).

After five years of intense activity, HOTEL CHARLEROI has taken a break to reflect on its legacy. The invitation to take part in the LODGERS programme offers the collective the opportunity to prepare a formal end to the project in Charleroi, while focussing on two cities that represent the country’s cultural, political and economic fraction. 2017 will be a lively celebration, for once not set in the present time, but in looking both backwards and forwards.

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