With Bozar’s Summer of Photography officially kicking off yesterday, we sift through its considerable summer-long program to handpick five must-see shows.
1. WOMAN. The Feminist Avant-Garde of the 1970s at Bozar
Bozar’s main exhibition, WOMAN draws on the works of 29 female artists to chart the evolution across centuries of women’s portrayal in the arts. Includes works by Cindy Sherman, Ana Mendieta and Lili Dujourie.
2. Robert Heinecken – Lessons in Posing Subjects at Wiels
Wiels’ solo show of Heinecken, which focuses on his Polaroid years, provides a fascinating insight into a defining period of the Californian artist’s career. Read an interview with show curator Devrim Bayar here.
3. Stephan Vanfleteren “MMXIV – Les Diables / De duivels” at Botanique
For its contribution to the Summer of Photography, Botanique’s ever-excellent photography program shows a series of portraits of Belgium’s national football team, captured by none other than legendary Belgian photographer Stephan Vanfleteren.
4. Sept femmes en résidence at Contretype
Brussels’ oldest photography institution pays tribute to the works of seven female photographers – Elina Brotherus, Isabelle Arthuis, Isabelle Hayeur, Chantal Maes, Sari Ember, Marie-Noelle Boutin and Erika Vancouver – all of which have taken part in Contretype’s residency program.
5. The Morning After at Hotel BLOOM!
Word-favourite Julie Scheurweghs explores the aftermath of one-night stands, exhibiting a series of works meant to trace both the highs and lows of waking up in some faceless hotel suite next to a stranger.
In addition to the above, don’t miss our own exhibition, The Word presents The Belgian Six, which showcases the works of six Belgian photographers and runs until 31 August at Bozar.