This year, Germany’s international art fair Art Cologne (16-19 April) shines a light on film and video work from Flanders and Brussels. Under the title ‘Flanders Moving Image’, work by artists such as Nicolas Provost, Johan Grimonprez and Dora García will be presented.

the_invader_01_trailerThe curators are Professor Philippe Pirotte, rector of the University of Visual Arts, and Fabian Schöneich, curator at the Portikus exposition space in Frankfurt am Main; they offer a focused look into the artistic production of Belgium without emphasising a specific generation or theme.

Headlining the Film Cologne section is Nicolas Provost with his feature debut The Invader from 2011, in which an illegal African immigrant stumbles into the cruel world of Brussels and slowly starts to mirror his worst fears. The Invader is a co-production between Versus Production and Flemish production company Prime Time (Kid, Little Black Spiders).

In Sirah Foighel Brutmann and Eitan Efrat’s Printed Matter (2011), the photographic archive of André Brutmann, press photographer in Israel and the Middle East in the 1980s and 1990s, serves as the starting point for an audiovisual study of a political and personal history. Dora García’s The Joycean Society, also selected, portrays a group of people reading the same book together over and over again for over 30 years. Both films are produced by Auguste Orts.

Meggy Rustamova’s Invitation to the Voyage (2014) shows in a poetic fashion how photography not only tells a story, but can also give history a face. More abstract is the work by Johan Grimonprez, from SATIN ISLAND (2015), and Harald Thys and Jos De Gruyter’s The 48 Hours of Kwik and Kwak (2004).

In addition to the series curated by Pirotte and Schöneich, a second programme takes place in The Temporary Gallery in Cologne. This exhibition is a compilation of diverse work by Flemish and Brussels-based artists and workspaces like Auguste Orts, Escautville, Jubilee and SoundImageCulture.

Film Cologne is organised by Art Cologne in cooperation with the Flanders Arts Institute, Argos Centre for Art and Media and Flanders Image, three institutions dedicated to the promotion and international networking of art in Flanders.

The Joycean Society, Printed Matter and The Invader received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz.

Published on Monday 30 March 2015

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