18.01.2020 – 29.03.2020

We’ll Find You When the Sun Turns Black

with Anouk De Clercq

A woman in a black dress holding an orb of light is projected onto a black wall, in a black room.

What is it about?

In tandem with TIFF 2020, Anouk De Clercq presented her solo exhibition, We'll find you when the sun turns black. Three video works made up the exhibition: Helga Humming (2019), a collaboration with Helga Davis and Vessel, which premiered at BOZAR, Brussels, Belgium, in 2019. Followed by the newly created We'll find you when the sun goes black (2020) inspired by the artist's research trip to Tromsø city in early 2019 and One (2020).

We'll find you when the sun goes black is inspired by the ‘Terrella', used by Norwegian scientist and explorer Kristian Birkeland while investigating the aurora, and by a Bertolt Brecht poem, written in exile in the 1930s:

“In the dark times
Will there also be singing?
Yes, there will also be singing
About the dark times.”

For the film, One Anouk De Clercq, Helga Davis and Vessel continue their collaboration on a new project, with the idea of 'radical empathy' as a starting point. One is a film, a performance, a 21st-century protest song. A call to action, a pledge, a commitment, a solemn undertaking. A summoning of consciousness, an instruction, a stand against mindlessness and distraction. An art of limits, a will to the power of others. An active silence, a difficult love, an admission of failure, of lack. It is labour and an invitation. To drink in the vibrancy of life at all scales. To embrace complexity and attend to our world with befitting vibrancy of feeling.

Anouk De Clercq explores the potential of audiovisual language to create possible worlds. She is interested in what lies behind ‘reality’ or in between the visible and the imaginary.

She has received several awards, including the Illy Prize at Art Brussels in 2005 and a Prix Ars Electronica Honorary Mention in 2014. Her work presented in institutions such as Tate Modern, Centre Pompidou, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, MAXXI, Centre d’ArtContemporain Genève, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Berlinale, Ars Electronica, among others.

Anouk De Clercq is an artistic researcher at the School of Arts University College Ghent. She is a founding member of Auguste Orts. Gallery Sofie Van de Velde represents Anouk De Clercq.

One was made with the support of Flanders Audiovisual Fund, Tromsø Kunstforening, On & For Production and Distribution, Friends of Auguste Orts Fund, VlaamseGemeenschapscommissie, Acud Macht Neu and Café Botanico Berlin.

The festival exhibition has previously shown artists such as New Mineral Collective (Tanya Busse, Emilija Skarnulyte), Ane Hjort Guttu, Saodat Ismailova, Declan Clarke, Riikka Kouppala, Olof Olsson, Jennifer Reeder, Wolff & Hauge, Yan Xing, Sigalit Landau, Bodil Furu, Sigurður Gudjonsson, Annika Larsson, Jesper Just and Marit Følstad.

Curator: Vsevolod Kovalevskij
Exhibition Desgin: Vsevolod Kovalevskij
Exhibition Graphic Design: a r c Leipzig / Berlin
A woman in a black dress holding an orb of light is projected onto a black wall, in a black room.
A swirl of light is projected in a black room with some black beanbags.
A projection screen shows a woman standing in front of microphones in black and white.
A projection of an eclipse.
A hand reaches out into the dark.
A floor-to-ceiling vertical panel shows a woman holding an orb, in front of a window

Photos by Vsevolod Kovalevskij

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