VOX-POP x LAB111: Longing For Belonging (Expo & Films)
In the group exhibition ‘Longing for Belonging’ VOX-POP wants to explore if you are free to follow your own path. Or are we held back by rigid systems, the expectations of our surroundings, and stifling ideals? Is the individual journey of belonging always a search for the other? VOX-POP invites you to immerse yourself in the sensational and thought-provoking works of the up-and-coming talents INSI (Yonah de Beer), Inês Queirós, Marlien Peeters, Anke Rumohr, and Luna Brouwers. This exhibition is free of charge and takes place from 12 February till 13 March at LAB111. In addition to the exhibition, LAB111 has created a special film program related to the exhibition.
Who am I, and who do I want to be? Where do I belong, and where do I want to belong?
Finding your own identity, where you fit best in society, or where you feel a ‘sense of belonging’ is a challenging, on-going process. It is a personal search for connection. But how to go about this in an increasingly fast-changing world where your sense of self is always defined by your relation with others? Evolving into your own, autonomous being is a process of growth and development but also a journey of discovering and coming to understand your surroundings. Because, even when you have found out who you want to be, what follows is retaining your identity and developing your position in relation to others. But how to go about this?
How do you know which community you want to belong to? Or which one would not fit you at all? Do you need the help of others in discovering your identity, or is this something that you need to do on your own? Is finding your place in the world a conscious choice, or is it steered by coincidence and chance meetings? And are you free to follow your own path, or are you held back by rigid systems, the expectations of your surroundings, and stifling ideals? Finding out how to shape your own identity is guided by a dialogue between you and your surroundings. Does this entail that your individual journey by definition also becomes a search for the other?
Five young artists give their own perspective on the search for identity and a ‘sense of belonging’. Not only are the artists unique, but also the style with which they work: moving images, photography, fashion and painting etc. Sondi (Anke Rumohr) explores the feeling of being ‘at home’ among migrant communities, inspired by rituals from her home country Cameroon. Inês Queirós creates through her art a link between art and geology and explores how you can feel at home in a foreign landscape. INSI (Yonah de Beer) is a painter, performance and installation artist. For this exhibition the artist has made a work that reflects on the last two years of his growth as a person and artist. Luna Brouwers is a photographer, in her project In Search of she explores her own feelings and where they come from. With photos and poems she captures vulnerable moments, to process her past, and to give it a positive spin. Marlien Peeters is a designer and always has an exciting balance between high-end fashion and streetwear. In this exhibition she presents her collection The Zotte Housewifes, Marlien went back to her roots: Brabant. The collection is about the difference between a small village and a big city and the experience of transition between the two with its benefits and consequences.
VOX-POP invites you to immerse yourself in the sensational and thought-provoking works of the following up-and-coming talents: INSI (Yonah de Beer), Inês Queirós, Marlien Peeters, Sondi (Anke Rumohr) and Luna Brouwers. Besides the exhibition, LAB111 will also show a number of films that relate to the theme of Longing for Belonging: Boyhood, Minding the Gap, Lady Bird and City of God. Come and see!