The weekend in Belgium 08.03

Ida Tursic and Wilfried Mille, Brussels

The paintings of Ida Tursic and Wilfried Mille – or I&W, as the duo like to autograph their work – are compositions, panoramas and pornographic scenes that blur the boundaries between painting and photography. Since embarking on their oeuvre about a decade ago, I&W – born in Belgrade and Boulogne-sur-Mer respectively – have produced paintings, watercolours and engravings (predominately part of a series) while also laying claim to ‘ready-made’ extracts from magazines, films, websites and other media. This ‘dual painter’ is drawn to eroticism, icons and trompe-l’oeil, and equally prides itself on contemplating and revealing their underlaying intricacies. I&W’s visual work is above all deceptive, with misleading greyish visions in which the motif is vital, while at the same time reticent and withdrawn.

Opening 9th March
Exhibition runs until 11th April
Almine Rech Gallery, Rue de l’Abbaye 20 Abdijstraat – 1050 Brussels
www.alminerech.com

On-Point invites, Brussels

Renowned Belgian label On-Point Records, founded in January 2010, certainly has a knack for digging up new talent. This Thursday, you’ll have the chance to experience some of their protégés behind the turntables. First and foremost there’s On-Point signed Title, who likes it heavy on the bass. His melodic electronica infused with hip-hop, dubstep and 80s synth will have no trouble keep you on the dancefloor. He’s joined by Brussels-based DJ Jazz Neversleeps, who feels at home in any genre you can throw at him. Tracks such as ‘Diepgank’ are played in legendary clubs like Berlin’s Berghain, and he recently delivered an exclusive Valentine’s mix for The Word that explored his softer side. Also spinning the decks: Bonnefooi resident DJ Alex Deforce. It’s going to be a good one.

8th March
Bonnefooi, Rue des Pierres 8 Steenstraat – 1000 Brussels
www.bonnefooi.be

Amour, Talibam!, Constitution Anale, Subfobias, OOO AAA, Brussels

Brussels’ venue Magasin 4, whose pragramming reflects its dedication to promoting alternative music, has always been a place for hidden treasures. This weekend’s bash is no exception. An eclectic line-up swings all the way from quirky American two-piece Talibam!, with their bizarre blend of jazz and noise, all the way to French band Amour, a percussion and strings orchestra adventure that mixes blues, heavy metal, post punk and African sounds. Constitution Anale, who enjoy dressing up and wearing make-up on stage, will bring some much-needed violent noise to the gig, adhereing to the motto of fellow racket-eers, Luxemburgish-Italian-Belgian indie metal four-piece OOO AAA: The louder the better. Might take some getting used to, but definitely worth a sneaky peek.

10th March
Magasin 4, Avenue du Port 51b Havenlaan – 1000 Brussels
www.magasin4.be

Muller Van Severen, Deurle

Ghent-based couple Fien Muller, originally a photographer, and artist Hannes Van Severen have joined creative forces for a new project: Muller Van Severen furniture design. Hosted by Antwerp’s Valerie Traan Gallery, they’ll be displaying their exquisite interior design pieces gallery N°33. Undeniably inspired by the pure shapes and colours of the Bauhaus movement and American design icon Donald Judd, their storage containers, tables, shelves and lights draw you in with their modern, elegant simplicity combined with clever functionality. That said, Muller Van Severen’s minimal furnishings are rich in ornamentation, an effect of their use of special materials like coloured and patterned marble stones, adding a sense of the unique to each piece.

Opening 8th March
N°33 Gallery, Klapstraat 33, 9831 Deurle 
www.frederichooft.be

Jessica Yatrofsky, Ghent

“My work has the underlying desire to make male nudity more visible in our cultural landscape. Plus: dicks are more easy on the eyes, right?!” Brooklyn-based all-rounder Jessica Yatrofsky has her own inimitable way to describe her I HEART BOY photography series. However, leaving aside any culture-critical statements, Yatrofsky thrives on grasping the essence of today’s male sexuality and physicality. Moving beyond the 80s beefcake, this exhibition features stark naked, glasslike colts, confidently posing against minimalistic backdrops and cherishing themselves under natural daylight. Flirting with androgyny and homoeroticism, I HEART BOY pays homage to the denuded body of the young, urban pacesetter who outwits the masses with his intrinsic je ne sais quoi. Jessica Yatrofsky herself will be attending the opening to sign copies of a book on the series.

Opening 8th March
Exhibition runs until 24th March
A&Gallery, Schepenhuisstraat 17 – 9000 Ghent
www.andgallery.tumblr.com

BIP 2012, Liège

Photography JH Engström

Each year, Liège hosts the International Biennal of Photography and Visual Art, an event that highlights all kinds of contemporary photography and presents both young talent alongside internationally renowned artists. This weekend, the Biennial’s 18th edition kicks off with the group show ‘Only You Only Me’, showcasing works from about forty photographers, inspired by the underlying theme ‘Images of love or love of images’. But how do you show love? The photos displayed in Liège’s Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art all either play with or fight against stereotypes of pink cuteness, deep red passion and other love-related clichés. Another highlight of BIP 2012 is American artist Nan Goldin’s work ‘The Ballad of Sexual Dependency’, a major piece that is being shown in Belgium for the first time in the form of an enormous slideshow. A must for all photography fans, and a great opportunity to refresh your knowledge of the state of play of contemporary photography.

From 11th March to 3rd May
Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Parc de la Boverie 3/Z – 4020 Liège
www.bip-liege.org