Stigmata presents an overview of the performances of Jan Fabre in an entirely unique manner. The exhibitional approach is a radical extension of a presentational mode the artist already explored in Homo Faber: instruments from performances presented on tables with glass tops on trestles.
Artist(s) Jan Fabre
Venue M HKA
In Stigmata, the presentation has turned into a veritable sea of dozens of tables upon which are collected memories of performances in the most diverse of ways; by means of the objects used Fabre, or the scale models he calls ‘thought models’, as well as drawings, photos and all sorts materials that could be considered of ‘documentary value’. These disparate items regain, in this setup, a great sense of immediacy as the viewer is confronted with ever new impressions through the immediate, physical closeness with the tables and that which is presented upon it.
Here and there, figures emerge from the sea of tables, together with the costumes used in his performances. This exhibition also invades the surfaces of the walls in an imposing manner and presents, along with thirty or so film and video recordings, ensembles of monumental photographs that have become images in and of themselves, as well as the famous BIC floor cloths from the M HKA collection.Stigmata, Actions & Performances 1976–2013 is a generous, lively overview that is not intended as an exhibition, but rather as a presentation whose powerful format allows the performances to come alive and be rediscovered again.