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january 11, 2019 - Arte Fiera

Geert Goiris - Terraforming Fantasies

For the fourth year in a row, Banca di Bologna will continue its exploration of contemporary art by presenting an exhibition of international scope in conjunction with #artefiera. In 2019, the Banca di Bologna Hall at Palazzo De’ Toschi will be housing the first solo exhibition in Italy by Belgian photographer and videomaker #geertgoiris (born 1971 in Bornem, Belgium, based in Antwerp), whose works have been shown by prestigious museums around Europe. The show will open on Tuesday, January 29 at 6:30 pm as part of ART CITY Bologna—a program of high-profile exhibition projects selected by the City of Bologna and by BolognaFiere to accompany #artefiera. This will also mark a continuation of the partnership with Bologna’s Accademia di Belle Arti: students from the academy’s Art Education and Cultural Facilitation course will be on hand as guides for the duration of the show.

The exhibition—which will include a selection of photographic prints in different formats, an analogue slide show, and a multichannel video installation—will feature an ambitious, innovative design conceived for the occasion by architect Kris Kimpe, the artist’s longtime collaborator. The large space will be filled with hexagonal display units, some of them closed, others open and accessible, each housing photographs or moving images on its walls. The irregularly arranged modules offer a full-immersion experience, yet allow visitors to choose their own path through the show. This exhibition in Bologna is closely linked to Goiris’s solo show at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, scheduled for November and December 2018. The artist developed them parallel to each other, creating two mirror-image projects in which many of the works are the same—yet appear completely different in each space, underscoring its unique qualities

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