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Wed, 21 Sept



Folded : Whites - Ilke Cop invites Hyster-x

The painter Ilke Cop presents her solo expo Folded: Whites. She invited some members of Hyster-x to write about her paintings, sculptures and installations. Come see the expo and the literary show!

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Folded : Whites - Ilke Cop invites Hyster-x
Folded : Whites - Ilke Cop invites Hyster-x

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21 Sept 2022, 20:00

PILAR VUB, Bd de la Plaine 2, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium

About the event

Literary event

Yasmin van 't veld, Stefanie Huysmans Noorts, Uschi Cop, Margot Timmermans, Zindzi Tillot Owusu en Melanie Asselmans write about the works presented in the expo. They bring their creations on the stage of PILAR.


In the months leading up to Folded : Whites, Ilke Cop moved her studio to Pilar's exhibition space. The works she produced here were therefore created in relation to the space. Flowing fabrics and round shapes contrast with the sleek architecture. The artist limits her color palette for this exhibition to green and white. White as an echo of the white box of the exhibition space, an often challenged, yet cherished concept in contemporary art. But choosing white means much more: “White is a luxury, a privilege,” Cop says, “it expects a certain sterility and care and that's not something that everyone can afford.” The link to the issue of white privilege, a common theme in Cop's practice, is quickly made, but the concept of gender inequality is also touched upon here. White is the color of purity, virginity, something that is expected of the feminine, but also the title Folded : Whites immediately brings to mind the household tasks traditionally performed by women. Green textiles contrast with this, hinting at the artist's usually exuberant color palette. Cop experiments with new forms and media. Her first sculptural work, a bust of the artist herself is presented here. However, a movement towards more abstraction can be noticed in the smaller paintings. The boundary between the decorative and the substantive is brought to a head and sometimes disappears completely. By integrating substances as partitions in the space, this boundary is explored even more.

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