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COME CLOSER - Artist Talk #1

Temitayo Ogunbiyi / Roger Hiorns

Some sculptures in COME CLOSER only reveal their full meaning through human interaction. This occurs with works by Roger Hiorns and Temitayo Ogunbiyi. Curators Heidi Ballet and Pieter Boons engage in a conversation with both artists, on 8 June 2024 in the Braem Pavilion.

Sound recording Artist Talk

In our first COME CLOSER Artist Talk, Temitayo Ogunbiyi and Roger Hiorns discuss the importance of the 'mental activation' of their artworks.

In Temitayo Ogunbiyi's work and performance, the audience can participate in a ritual act. The sculpture itself consists of casts of millstones, which hold historical and cultural significance. When held and a wish is made for another, they acquire an additional meaning. The stones suddenly become ritual objects for contemplating a collective, intercultural future.

At first glance, the industrial materials of Roger Hiorns' Pathways (2024) seem out of place in the context of a museum park. During performances, a naked young man moves in and around the objects. It is only then that the contrast between the vitality of the young man and the sterility of the material reveals something about youth and imagination versus the rigid structures of daily life.

You can listen to the entire recording below (in English).

 

On COME CLOSER

This is the first of four Artist Talks in the context of COME CLOSER (07.06 - 29.09.2024).
It took place on 08.06.2024 in the Braem Pavilion (Middelheim Museum).

  • Artists: Roger Hiorns and Temitayo Ogunbiyi
  • Moderators: Heidi Ballet and Pieter Boons

 

Artist Talk #1 - foto © Tom Cornille
Artist Talk #1 - foto © Tom Cornille
Artist Talk #1 - foto © Tom Cornille
Artist Talk #1 - foto © Tom Cornille
Artist Talk #1 - foto © Tom Cornille
Artist Talk #1 - foto © Tom Cornille
Artist Talk #1 - foto © Tom Cornille
Artist Talk #1 - foto © Tom Cornille
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Series: COME CLOSER

Middelheim Museum and DE SINGEL jointly explore the space between Sculpture and performance. Discover remarkable sculptures, installations, performances, and presentations by about 25 artists from Belgium and abroad. 

Middelheim Museum and DE SINGEL jointly explore the space between Sculpture and performance. Discover remarkable sculptures, installations, performances, and presentations by about 25 artists from Belgium and abroad.