Federico Acal & Liesbeth Doms: ‘Andalusian Sunrise’

24 November 2016 – 11 December 2016

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L: Andalusian sunrises are the best. The colours are more vibrant, and if you give it some time they will be washed out within an hour or so.

F: Then, the light is brighter than the sun. You cannot even open your eyes.

L: No, and if you try, tears just well up and keep on coming. You must have natural protection shells on your eyeballs by now.

F: Yes, you must have super sight powers in order to live there. Years of living here and my eye shells dropped off.

L: Let’s go live there again, the grass feels much greener.

Federico Acal (1981, Spain) lives and works in Antwerp. He obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. He has also studied at the Bauhaus University in Germany and at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, USA. He obtained a master in Artistic and Production Research from the University of Barcelona. He was an artist-in-residence at the Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten (HISK) in Ghent, Belgium.

Acal’s recent work approaches different aspects of painting by employing subject matter that ranges from renaissance perspectives via science fiction to rituals and magic. Using dramatized and theatralized settings for his work, Federico Acal employs these elements to navigate through different systems and structures of representation. His work is motivated by fantasy, science fiction and Art History as technical tools for creating images.

Liesbeth Doms (1989, Belgium) obtained her Master of Fine Arts at the St Lucas School of Arts in Antwerp in 2012 and graduated from the Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten (HISK) in 2014. Her work intercepts, interrupts and redirects specific situations and procedures in order to translate them into artistic or artful outputs. She appropriates artistic, social and economic strategies and operations to produce other circumstances for art to occur. Her work remains subject to reuse, re-articulation and circulation.

Doms’ recent exhibitions include The Belly of the Fish at The Stable, Waregem; Beaufort: Beyond Borders, Belgium; Red Dawn, Ghent; The Cook at DASH, Kortrijk; BORG, Antwerp; Don’t you know who I am? Art after Identity Politics at Mhka, Antwerp.