From October 2021 to September 2023, the Forms of Life research project, developed with a group of artists from different departments of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, explored the multiple resonances of a question animating all fields of contemporary creation, thought, and society: that of our relation to other forms of life, and the ways in which we inhabit the world. Its aim was to question the links that weave together the work of art and the world; images and the living; the forms that surround us and those we create – in other words, the fabric of life itself. We also explored collectively the way that this question could influence and affect our individual artistic and curatorial practices.
The research project took the form of a monthly seminar at the Academy, a one-week workshop in the Venice lagoon in September 2022 and a series of short residencies in Luxembourg in August and September 2023. Gathering the work of 15 artists who took part in Forms of Life, this exhibition is the culmination of this two year-long project.
Artists: Max Beets, Pieter Eliëns, Kristina Fekete, Rafaela Figurski Vieira, Nina Gross, Malena Guerrieri, Paul Müller, Oona Oikkonen, Laurence Petrone, Pit Riewer, Maren Rommerskirchen, Alexandra Samarova, Maria Sawizki, Rune Tuerlinckx, Witold Vandenbroeck (alumni from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp).
Curators: Christophe Gallois, Tina Gillen, Diana Murray Watts.
Forms of Life was organised by the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp in collaboration with Mudam Luxembourg – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, in the context of the Luxembourg Pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale (2022).
(photos by Wannes Cré)
This exhibition is part of ARTICULATE 2023 I ECOSYSTEMS.