SUPER DEMOCRACY - The Senate of Things

Three cultural institutions enter into a dialogue with the Belgian Senate during the exhibition SUPERDEMOCRACY, which is on display throughout October. BPS22 in Charleroi, BOZAR in Brussels and M HKA in Antwerp provide a cultural dimension to the Senate’s current issues.

1.10.2017 - 31.10.2017

Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven / AMVK

Amberes  photom hka cc 2019 ccamvk %282%29 (c)image: M HKA, 2019 - Courtesy of the Artist and Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp
A Dash of Dolls, 2019
Print , 123.5 x 500 cm
digital print on Forex

Anne-Mie Van Kerckhoven has created a vast body of critical work in which she focusses on the popular or media image, typically of women. One long-term project has been her series of Women portrait drawings, that have occupied many sketchbooks. The drawings, based on imagery with young women from such sources as pin-up magazines, are often juxtaposed with the quotes of philosophers. This particular set of drawings, named A Dash of Dolls after the soft-porn magazine that was in this case the source material, includes a quote and lists of keywords from Anatomie d’une destructivité humaine (Anatomy of Human Destructiveness) by Erich Fromm. An array of words, completed with the model’s own name, is put alongside each figure, as if she is speaking them. Fromm’s words, which describe human aggression as a part of the human condition for expressing unhappiness, provide these images with a radical desire to attack back from a position of subordination.