Sigtryggur Berg at M HKA Antwerp
#1 MER. Paper Kunsthalle
The LODGERS programme invites some of the most imaginative artistic initiatives to come and occupy the 6th floor exhibition spaces at M HKA. It offers a unique opportunity for public interface, to organisations and initiatives who focus specifically on producing and commissioning, and who do not have their own display space.
These LODGERS might be publishers, commissioning agencies, research initiatives, labels, collectives, discussion platforms and other initiatives experimenting with artistic practice who would be interested to live, work and perform in Antwerp.
The programme is developed as a partnership with AIR Antwerpen (the city’s artist residency programme), who offer 3-month long residencies for the guest initiatives.
M HKA hosts these initiatives for a period of three months, co-developing an active series of site-specific displays, events and commissions.
LODGERS are welcomed from “Eurocore” – the combined region of Benelux and the Rheinland.
MER. Paper Kunsthalle was established in 2005 in order to examine the possibilities of books as places to exhibit art. MER. Paper Kunsthalle describes itself as a paper kunsthalle because its main focus is to provide this space to artists by creating an institutional platform that publishes artists’ books and books that experiment with the medium as curatorial space. It also hosts AudioMER, a record label that releases experimental music on vinyl, with a focus on artwork by contemporary visual artists. In 2012 it initiated MER.Station, a series of nomadic curatorial experiments, re-thinking artists’ books for exhibiting in non-book spaces.
For their participation in LODGERS, they are working with the artist Ania Soliman to develop an artist’s book in situ at M HKA, and have also invited artist and musician Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson to develop new works and a series of sound events.
Curators: Nav Haq (M HKA) and Alan Quireyns (AIR Antwerpen)