Jerome Jacobs was delighted to accept an invitation by Gery Van Tendeloo to take over the BuBox for an exhibition entitled Forever.
After visiting the location and discussing with several participants, Jacobs decided to put together an exhibition aiming to be diverting albeit ironic and thought provoking.
A proliferation of polymorphous works is staged in a labyrinth that progressively reveals various contemporary artists, renowned or not. Like a chaotic collection amassed by an itinerating hoarder, the show combines beauty and ugliness, refinement and vulgarity, thus creating a simultaneously captivating and disturbing ambiance.
Human history unravels its red thread between past and topicality, questioning an uncertain future in a sometimes grotesque, often insolent manner. Visitors are forced to stand before the mirror of their own humanity, in front of their projections and biases on the makings of our contemporary society and its conflicts.
Pain consorts with humour, recollecting the complexity of our very existence and its indissoluble relationship with the Other, Nature, the Earth. At times classical, sometimes eccentric, the works all explore the interactions between the spiritual and material worlds, relinquishing visitors to introspection.
Although dark, the vision remains filled with hope, summoning us to keep in our breath during an artistic stroll before – perhaps – breathing better afterwards.
Forever ironically contemplates the passing of time, our fantasies of eternity, ideals that have become diktats and the hopelessness of holding back the march of History, of our infinitely small history in the light of an increasingly mysterious universality.
Is our passage on earth just that, a for-never… with our constant need to feed on thrills to forget all about the end? Or conversely, have we lost sight of the fact that we will be here ‘forever’, detached from all that seems essential amidst the heap of futilities that make up our daily lives?
Slim Aarons, AES+F, Elodie Antoine, Carlos Aires, Hilary Berseth, Joseph Beuys, Katia Bourdarel, Jeremy Blake, Pierre Bismuth, Delphine Boël, Daniele Buetti, Charley Case, Jake & Dinos Chapman,Anton Corbijn, Tom Dale, Christoph Draeger, Bryan Drury, Matt Ducklo, Christian Eisenberger, Nezaket Ekici, Jean-François Fourtou, Nancy Fouts, Michel François, Marcel Gähler, Rainer Ganahl, Gelitin, Robert Gligorov, Frances Goodman, HeHe, Eckart Hahn, Thomas Hirschhorn, Tilman Hornig, John Isaacs, Kahn & Selesnick, Dionisis Kavallieratos, Youcef Korichi, David Kramer, Robert Kunec, Laszlo Lakner, Arik Levy, Mingjun Luo, Alistair Mackie, Sally Mann, Filip Markiewicz, Tony Matelli, Sergey Maximishin, Dominic McGill, Robert McNally, Emilio Lopez – Menchero, Georges Meurant, Otto Mühl, David Nicholson, Tim Noble & Sue Webster, Ronald Ophuis, Laurent Perbos, Leopold Rabus, Till Rabus, Gerhard Richter, Terry Rodgers, Samuel Rousseau, Tracey Snelling, Pierrick Sorin, Mark Titchner, Gavin Turk, Jan Van Imschoot, Wolfe von Lenkiewicz, Del LaGrace Volcano, Roger Wagner, Johan Wahlstrom, Kate Waters, Vincent Wenzel, Dana Wyse, Jason Bard Yarmosky, Heimo Zobernig.
Bubox, Paardenstallen, Korte Kapucijnenstraat z/n, 8500 Kortrijk, Belgium