Poppositions’ fifth edition opened today at La Vallée in Brussels’ Molenbeek district with its signature feel of a fair that isn’t really a fair. Themed “The wrong side,” this years’ edition more than ever takes a critical stance on the art world, creating along the way a whole new narrative with which to show and see contemporary art. And, during a preview of the fair that reinforced its underdog status whilst also reaffirming its necessity for Brussels, Poppositions once again managed to indulge the more experimental fringes of the artistic community by giving a platform to young artists eager to leave their mark on today’s world. Here are four spaces that made an impression.

Read a round up of 14 walls and works to see at Art Brussels here

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Galleria Più presented ‘Several laws. The elastic test’ by Romanian collective Apparatus 22, in which a violent representation of the human body’s fragility is depicted. What at first glance looks like a series of colourful canvasses is in reality a collection of large pieces of dyed leather, each tattooed with confronting yet poetic pieces of texts. The combination of both brings forth a symbiotic representation of the human body as a battlefield.

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“Contrat clé en main – Turnkey contract”, presented by Parisian non-profit collective Curate It Yourself, is the result of five young artists’ separate interpretation of “The Wrong Side,” the fair’s theme. Inspired by their own everyday life, five cities are merged by five distinct works of art.

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Brussels-based gallery Dauwens & Beernaert has always set its sights on young talent. One of the artists it showcases at Poppositions is Stanislas Lahaut from Ghent, whose work is characterised by the duality between the banal and the absurd. His installations border on the ironic and, when looking past the surface, show a profound criticism on the state of today’s art world.

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Art by friend request by Life as Art as Attitude, which includes our very own Lisa Lapierre (and whose work you can see as part of our residency program Dusangneuf Osangsett on 5th May), is an ironic stance on our obsession with sharing our lives on social media. Their grey booth reads like a Facebook timeline and the works presented refer more than slightly to popular consumption culture.

“The Wrong Side” runs until 24th April at La Vallée in Molenbeek. 

Word and photography Dorien Schelfhout