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These artists wanted your blood in Charleroi

In Charleroi opens Saturday, an exhibition in which two Russian artists to have your blood wanted to ask. Their work is an indictment of censorship and propaganda. But our legislation does not allow.

Classic is not what the Russian conceptual artists Andrei Molodkin and Erik Bulatov of their audience questions. They want blood. Black Horizon is called the exhibition, which opens Saturday …

Classic is not what the Russian conceptual artists Andrei Molodkin and Erik Bulatov of their audience questions. They want blood. Black Horizon is called the exhibition, which opens Saturday in Charleroi. The artwork itself is called applicable to Young Blood.

Andrei Molodkin (53) was born in the former Soviet Union, but now lives in Paris. In an interview with The Guardian , he has a ‘karaoke with blood’. The collected blood is kept in medical fridges and then with industrial compressors by tubes driven. Which tubes form words, words from song lyrics.

‘We are looking for song lyrics that are censored. Visitors give us a blood sample and can choose for yourself what text they that blood.’ By default, prompts the artist to about 200 grams of blood. In France and Ireland were the visitors to the exhibition itself donate blood for their artwork. In our country may not, however, says the museum’s director, Pierre-Olivier Rollin.

“Our country considers blood as a human organ, like the heart and the lungs. That you can’t just surrender without the knowledge of the Red Cross. And the Red Cross wanted to no permission to give. Therefore, works of the artist in our country with old French, or Irish blood. ‘Old’, because it is blood that his expiration date has been exceeded. Artistic waste, you may not call it.

The museum in Charleroi, wanted still like an official fund-raisers to organize, so visitors during the exhibition blood to the Red Cross could give, but also saw that the Red Cross is not sitting.

Drillmuziek

For the exhibition in Charleroi has Molodkin selected songs from the drill scene. That is a kind of underground rap music, originating in Chicago, with a very dark, nihilistic and often violent lyrics. Drillmuziek, who also lives in the south of London, is sometimes considered responsible for violent incidents in those districts. That is why artists, the songs in which they elaborate on their feuds with rival gangs no longer live. The numbers must also not be on the radio be played.

The bloedbuisjes with the banned lyrics of Molodkin in Charleroi next to a sculpture of eight meters high, made by the influential Russian conceptual artist Erik Bulatov (85). ‘Everything is not so scary’ is there, but in Russian. It should be the visitors of the exhibition to encourage propaganda and censorship resolutely reject, says the artist.

“Our consciousness is being manipulated by the press, by political actors and therefore, we are in a very difficult situation and we can get the feeling that we are trapped,” says Bulatov.

Molodkin says that he and Bulatov were surprised about how an ‘open world without censorship, without strong nationalist feelings and where religion is not its own laws, imposes itself starts to close right before our eyes’.

Both say they in their criticisms of censorship and propaganda, not one specific country to target. Bulatov has both on Russia and on Europe criticism. “It comes from everywhere,” he says. ‘Europe tries to Russia now to push away as the enemy. But it is optimistic to think that president Putin hurts. He can power through the course, because it now seems as if Russia is surrounded by enemies. It’s the ordinary people who suffer.’

Black Horizon vindt the museum BPS22 on the Boulevard Solvay Charleroi. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 to 18.00 hours.

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