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Sophie Nys in Conversation with Caroline Dumalin

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Artist Sophie Nys will be in conversation with curator Caroline Dumalin about 'Zuweilen, zuzeiten, immer' and the process behind it

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Zuweilen, zuzeiten, immer, part of the art trail Endless Express (in the framework of the festival EUROPALIA TRAINS & TRACKS), is a garland of white metal flags installed in a field between Welkenraedt and Eupen. Hung half-mast, the 42 flags remember the people who lost their lives in the floods that recently ravaged the southeast of Belgium. Artist Sophie Nys will be in conversation with Endless Express curator Caroline Dumalin about Zuweilen, zuzeiten, immer and the process behind it. After the talk, there will be a walking visit to the sculpture.

Working with a variety of media and materials, Sophie Nys (b. 1974, Belgium) takes conceptual and minimalistic artistic strategies to their logical and formal limits, while maintaining the poetic eloquence of subjects derived from the everyday. Her art’s sparseness produces an ambiguous atmosphere, in which meaning emerges slowly but surely. Sophie Nys lives and works in Brussels.

Introduction by Sophie Nys in German, Conversation in English. Organised by EUROPALIA Arts Festival in collaboration with IKOB. Please note that a Covid Safe Ticket (CST) will be required.

The art trail Endless Express is spread over different destinations along the railway line between Ostend and Eupen. Taking the public sculpture Esprit ouvert by Tapta as a symbolic point of departure, seven artists were invited to present new works around the stations and tracks. With the train as a unifying element, they explore the networked histories embedded in this landscape and entangled with this line. With new works by Che Go Eun, Inas Halabi, Flaka Haliti, Chloé Malcotti, Sophie Nys, Marina Pinsky and Laure Prouvost.

The Ostend-Eupen railway line is the longest in Belgium, traversing its three official language regions in about three hours—from the royal seaside resort in the west to the industrial river valley in the east, with the capital of Brussels in the centre. The train—introduced shortly after Belgium was founded in 1830—speaks in a broader way of industrialisation, the promise of progress, and how these forces have transformed this country.

The artists included in this exhibition are all based in Belgium or its neighbouring countries. Some imagine the train as a mythical creature re-enchanting the world, others question the notion of thinking in a straight line, as well as labour and its rhythms, or playfully disrupt the clockwork time that helped shape the society of speed we live in today.

Curator: Caroline Dumalin

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