Lili Dujourie, Passion de l'été pour l'hiver, 1981. Copyright artist and courtesy ARGOS


All our yesterdays


Lili Dujourie, Sophie Nys, Angyvir Padilla

Opening: 30.04.2023, 15:00

ALL OUR YESTERDAYS is a group exhibition bringing together works by three Belgium-based artists: Lili Dujourie, Sophie Nys and Angyvir Padilla. The exhibition imagines a lineage between these artists of different generations, with the included works spanning a timeframe of more than fifty years. Each of these artists has a strong conceptual practice while also engaging deeply with physical materials. Using and subverting signifiers of the domestic, these artists offer a poetic narrative on the passage of time, memory and loss, and of the human body moving through space.

LILI DUJOURIE (born 1941 in Roeselare, Belgium, lives and works in Lovendegem) is a Flemish visual artist who works primarily in sculpture, painting, and video. She mixes influences of Flemish Primitives such as Jan Van Eyck with her personal, late-1960s-based artistic approach. She has had numerous exhibitions in Belgium and internationally since 1968 and works with the Antwerp-based gallery Micheline Szwajcer, where she exhibited most recently at the end of 2022. This presentation coincided with the unveiling of a new commission Mimesis for KMSKA on the occasion of their grand re-opening. In 2015, the S.M.A.K. in Gent and Mu.ZEE Ostende dedicated a joint solo exhibition to the artist. Other institutional presentations of her work in Brussels and Flanders include MuHKA, Antwerp (2022); Roger Raveel Museum (2020); Museum M, Leuven (2019); WIELS, Brussels (2018); BOZAR, Brussels (2005) and Argos, Brussels (2002). In 2001, she had a solo exhibition at IKOB.

SOPHIE NYS (born 1974 in Antwerp, Belgium, lives and works in Brussels) brings conceptual and minimalistic artistic strategies to their logical and formal limits, while maintaining their poetic eloquence as subjects derived from the everyday. She has exhibited in numerous national and international venues such as WIELS, Brussels (2020); Kunsthal Extra City, Antwerp (2019); KIOSK, Ghent (2019); Guimaraes, Vienna (2018); Fondazione Prada, Venice (2018); Galeria Quadrado Azul, Lisboa (2019); Archiv, Zurich (2015); CRAC Alsace, Altkirch (2015); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2013). Her films have been shown at FIDMarseille, BOZAR, e-flux, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Argos, Courtisane festival, etc. Her work is represented by Galerie Greta Meert and Maniera (Brussels). She teaches at the LUCA School of Arts in Brussels since 2017.

ANGYVIR PADILLA (born 1987 in Caracas, Venezuela, lives and works in Brussels) creates immersive installations that distil the concept of ‘home’ as an intimate, secluded place and relates this notion to people and nature. Padilla’s artistic education took place in Belgium, starting with ARBA, Brussels (2011-12), and followed by ENSAV La Cambre (2012-15) and Luca School of Arts (2016-18). In 2020, she was the third winner of ArtContest and in 2021 she won the first prize of the Friends of the S.M.A.K. She has exhibited regularly in Flanders, notably at Krasj festival in Ninove (2022); Ithaka festival in Leuven (2019); CIAP, Genk (2022); S.M.A.K museum, Ghent and Cas-co, Leuven (2018), while also building an international reputation with exhibitions in Paris, Dunkerque, Belgrade, Athens and Caracas.