MO*lecture Alfredo Jaar & Katerina Gregos

Creating a riot: Can art change politics?

The Newtopia-event in Mechelen states a very clear relationship between art and human rights, and in a broader sense between artistic creation and political action. The main exhibition Newtopia brings the work of Alfredo Jaar in a satellite expo to the ING Cultural Centre in Brussels from 10th October until 10th December. Title of the expo is Let There Be Light. Jaar accepted to be the keynote speaker in our MO*lecture to reflect on the question whether art can influence politics.

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  • Panos Kokkinias Katerina Gregos Panos Kokkinias

Alfredo Jaar will look at this questions though the looking glass of his own work and through the perspective of his own civil position. Newtopia curator Katerina Gregos will respond with her own views on the topic, as expressed in Newtopia and Manifesta9, two major art events she curated in Belgium this year.

Afterwards, MO* editor-in-chief, Gie Goris, will join in what should be a challenging trialogue on art and politics, the problem with images and the importance of public space. The lecture will wrap up with a lively exchange between the keynote-speakers and the public.

Who is Alfredo Jaar?

Alfredo Jaar (°Chili) is an internationally acclaimed artist Who lives and works in New York. He moved from image-based installations to creative interventions in the public space. Jaar studied architecture in his native Chile, but left the country because of the oppressive environment during the military dictatorship. His work has been shown extensively around the world. He has participated in the

Biennales of Venice (1986, 2007), São Paulo (1987, 1989, 2010), Sydney (1990), Istanbul (1995), Kwangju (1995, 2000), Johannesburg (1997), Seville (2006), and Liverpool (2010) as well as the Documenta exhibitions (1987, 2002) in Kassel.

He has created more than sixty Public Interventions around the world. More than fifty monographic publications have been published about his work. He became a Guggenheim Fellow in 1985 and a MacArthur Fellow in 2000. In 2006 he received Spain’s Premio Extremadura a la Creación.

Who is Katerina Gregos?

Katerina Gregos (°Greece) is a Brussels-based curator and writer. She is currently curator of Newtopia: The State of Human Rights in Mechelen and also curator of the Alfredo Jaar exhibition Let there be Light at ING Cultural Centre, which is a satellite project of Newtopia. This year she was on the curatorial team of Manifesta 9, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art. Other recent projects include Speech Matters, an international exhibition on the question of freedom of speech, for the Danish Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale, and the 4. Fotofestival Mannheim Ludwigshafen Heidelberg, entitled The Eye is a Lonely Hunter. Katerina Gregos regularly publishes on art and artists in books, exhibition catalogues and magazines and is a frequent speaker in international conferences and symposia on contemporary art.

Practical info

  • When: Friday October 12th, 7.30 pm-9.30 pm
  • Where: Auditorium Lippens – Bibliothèque Royale de      Belgique, 4 Bd de l’Empereur (Mont des Arts), Brussels.
  • Price: 5€, to be paid at the entrance.
  • Registration and more info:
  • ING is offering ech participant a free VIPticket to the Alfredo Jaar exhibition.  
  • Language: English
  • Organisation: MO*magazine, Newtopia and Vlaams-Nederlands Huis deBuren
  • Partners fort his lecture: ING, Amnesty International and Rekto:Verso
  • Fixed partners: Beursschouwburg, Kaaitheater and Vooruit

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