En quête des marges fluctuantes

    04/09  | 12:00 - 20:00
    05/09  | 12:00 - 20:00
    06/09  | 12:00 - 20:00
    07/09  | 12:00 - 20:00
    08/09  | 12:00 - 20:00

French, English → NL, FR, EN


For five days during the festival Every Inside Has an Outside, three people, one of whom is the Cameroonian visual artist Guy Woueté, will be holding up banners in public spaces. The banners will feature thoughts and words, including some written by Woueté himself, alternating between quotations from poetry and political demands / slogans. By putting bodies to work in the public space for eight hours a day, En quête des marges fluctuantes challenges what people see. What is work today? What does statutory working time mean in a society in which the people who work the most are not always the ones with a job, and where those who do have a job feel they are getting a raw deal from the people who only argue in terms of growth, profitability, and optimisation? In this sit-in performance, Guy Woueté refutes the famous 'work more to earn more' slogan, and reflects on new forms of visibility for the identities that are precarised by the mechanisms of informal economy, even more during these last months and with the pandemic, and for whom no logic of protection is foreseen.

Koninginneplein/Place de la reine

Crossroad Middaglijnstraat/rue du méridien and Haachtsesteenweg/chaussée De Haecht

Place Liedtsplein

Rue Allardstraat

Karel Rogier Doorgang/Passage Charles Rogier

Presentation: Kunstenfestivaldesarts

Performers: Medina Tokalic, Maxime Jean-Baptiste, Maxim Ryckaerts, Lore Loncke, Guy Woueté
Technical assistant: Maxime Jean-Baptiste
Graphic designer: Anne Le Breton, Melis Renard
Special thanks to: Helena Kritis and Marcel Berlanger

Coproduction: Kunstenfestivaldesarts

Guy Woueté also presents an exhibition at Beursschouwburg from the 18th of September until the 30th of December 2020

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Comfortably ensconced in a safe part of the world, kept clean every day by “foreign” rubbish collectors while the rest of the world wails. Are you really unaware of the cost of your wellbeing? Or are you just pretending?

Raoul Peck, "J'étouffe", blogs.mediapart.fr, 9 June 2020.

Every migrant carries the hope of a mother, a sister and sometimes a wife who weep as they wait for life to improve here.                  

Traoré A., Le viol de l'imaginaire, éd. Fayard/Acte Sud, 2002, p.93.

We can no longer afford the luxury of not questioning the purpose of economic activity and its modes of production. What we call economic growth diminishes life.                

Felwine Sarr, « Pour une économie du vivant », www.franceculture.fr, 25/06/2020.

The universal, of course, but not by negation; rather by a deepening of our own singularity.

Césaire A., Discours sur le colonialisme suivi de Discours sur la Négritude, éd. Présence Africaine, (1950) 1955 et 2004, p. 92.

Where have you worked? With whom? What have you accomplished?

Fanon F., Les Damnés de la terre, éd. François Maspero, 1961, p. 63.

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Guy Woueté is based in Antwerp since 2011. Born in Douala, Cameroon 1980, he studied sculpture and painting in Douala and was a resident at the Rijksakademie Amsterdam. He graduated from the University of Paris 8 as well as from École de Recherche Graphique (Erg) in Brussels, where he also teaches. His work always encompasses elements of social criticism, questions surrounding borders and symbols of domination in an era of globalization. Colonial past of his country plays a major role in his work. Using history as a source of material, Woueté aims to break down conventional attitudes which nourish discriminations, paternalism and alienation in all its forms.

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