The Return

We are picking a path northwards, along sandy tracks and mountain passes. This is an expedition to be sure. It ghosts an earlier, weightier, expedition that marched out of the Fort of Good Hope with flocks of sheep, herds of oxen, riding horses and donkeys, with wagons, light carts that carried one boat and two field canons, and a calash. There were leaders of those oxen, … Read More

Fieldguides for a Preternaturalist

An ambulatory library of ten chapbooks that mark a return from Cape Town to Angola. Volumes 1-3 (2022) mark the first leg, from a shrine on Signal Hill to a village in the Kamiesberg, Namaqualand. The guides are Nadia Kamies, Rachel O’Donnell, Joshua Cohen and Johanna Lot. Volumes 4-6 (2023) will narrate the second leg of the return through Namibia from Walvis Bay to Rundu. Volumes 7-10 (2024) will follow the journey … Read More

Gather, a Rehearsal

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A Reading with the Bodies in the medicinal garden of ‘t Gasthuys. On March 25 the Bodies gathered at the ancient medicinal garden of the museum ‘t Gasthuys, Aalst, for a reading-as-rehearsal of Rachel O’Donnell’s essay Apacina: a Contemporary Herbal and Ambiguous Tale, soon to be published in the series Fieldguides for a Preternaturalist. Readers were Pieternel Vermoortel, Brunilda Pali, Vanessa Müller, Lucile Desamory, Nele Möller … Read More

Exhibition / Ninguém teria acreditado / Pinacoteca Sao Paulo

The audio installation, A Hysterie of Guiné Weed and Sorrow Seed, is a part of the exhibition Ninguém teria acreditado at Pinacoteca, Sao Paulo. Curators Fernanda Pitta and Laurens Dhaenens. The exhibition is a second, larger, iteration of No One Would Have Believed, that ran at Netwerk Aalst a year ago. The exhibition recuperates the historical work of Brazilian-Belgian artist Alvim Corrêa with special attention bestowed on … Read More

Travelogue of the Wandering Womb, Her Fantastic Encounters and Curious Utterings: To the Copper Mountains

As a Thread Winding Backwards, an Audio Eerie + Prologue + A Tale of Eleven Births + The Ghosts of my Friends  Wendy Morris & Mariske Broeckmeyer / 2020 / Exhibition ‘No One Would Have Believed’ / Netwerk Aalst An audio-eerie in two parts: First, a dissolving into a constellation of organs and entities, human plant spirit machine. Then, an invocation of an absent ancestor and the … Read More

Exhibition

NO ONE WOULD HAVE BELIEVED – NIEMAND ZOU HEBBEN GELOOFD – PERSONNE N’AURAIT CRU HENRIQUE ALVIM CORRÊA, H. G. WELLS, RUNO LAGOMARSINO, WENDY MORRIS & MARISKE BROECKMEYER 12.12.2020 14.03.2021 No one would have believed is an exhibition that brings art, popular culture and politics together. It focuses on the work by two contemporary artists,  Wendy Morris – working together again with singer and composer Mariske Broeckmeyer – and Runo … Read More

No One Would Have Believed

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Exhibition by Wendy Morris and Runo Lagomarsino 14.11.2020 – 13.02.2021 No one would have believed is an exhibition that brings art, popular culture and politics together. It focusses on the work by two contemporary artists, Wendy Morris and Runo Lagomarsino, that rethinks the legacy of colonialism and science fiction, departing from the work of Brazilian born artist Henrique Alvim Corrêa (1876-1910), best known for his astonishing illustrations for The War … Read More

Eleven births backwards

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!midwif aka ‘Maaij’ Claesje of Angola, mother of Sara Van Gijselen, who is mother of Dorothea Oelofse, who is mother of Roelof Campher, who is father of Roelof Campher, who is father of Johanna Sophia Jacoba Campher, who is mother of Catharina Dorothea Meeding, who is mother of Catherine Hooper, who is mother of Robert Frank Morris, who is father of John Frank Morris, who is … Read More

In Honour of the Honourables : 1

Chabi / Cabung was given the scientific name of Lapeirousia jacquinii. The genus Lapeirousia was described by clergyman and botanist Pierre André Pourret (1754-1818) who named the genus in honour of his friend, the botanist Philippe-Isidore de Lapeyrouse (1744-1818) a French naturalist who was particularly interested in the flora of the Pyrenees. Neither Pourret nor Lapeyrouse ever set foot in the Cape. The species name honours Baron Nikolaus Joseph … Read More

Emissary to the Past

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The suitcase stands empty in the studio. The thousand letters once crammed into it have been sorted by date, logged, read, some typed up and others photographed. Muriel Leysen, the owner of the case and its contents, died in Johannesburg in the 1970s. The father of the artist has been guardian of the suitcase for over forty years. Following his death the artist brought the case … Read More