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  1. Pavel Büchler
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    Pavel Büchler’s formal training, first as a printer’s apprentice then student at the School of Graphic Arts (1970-72) and as a typography student at the Institute of Applied Arts (1973-76), and the circumstances in then-communist Prague where his craft-learning was undertaken, have indelibly marked his artistic life ever since. They return time and again as an inseverable mix of the learned and the unlearned. Coming from a country that no longer exists, Czechoslovakia (where a debate currently rages about renaming the state again: “Czechia”?!), to Cambridge, England, via Paris in 1981, where he found a West he knew less about than he expected, the immigrant experience of living with the real and false antinomies between communism and capitalism during the collapse of History anchors a common perspective in much of his work. It is the lived – in the sense of the everyday – slippages and imperfections in the various forms of cultural unity promised by translation, assimilation, democratization and collective action that seem to preoccupy his attention. And these everyday aberrations are filtered into his practice through the explicit and constant theme of work, as explored through the labour of and commitment to art working.

    Pavel Büchler (°1952 in Czechoslovakia, based in Manchester, UK) is an influential teacher and occasional writer. He was awarded the Northern Art Prize in 2009 and The Paul Hamlyn Award for Artists 2012. He has exhibited widely in Europe and the United States: IKON Gallery, Birmingham (2015); the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow (2014); Broad Art Museum, Michigan (2014); Power Plant, Toronto (2013); The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester (2013); Contemporary Art Museum, St Louis (2011); DOX, Prague (2010), Tinguely Museum, Basel (2010); and MuHKA, Antwerp (2010), amongst others.

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  2. Tang Dixin
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    Tang Dixin (1982) was born in Hangzhou, China. He graduated from Shanghai Normal University and now lives and works in Shanghai. His recent solo exhibitions include Dog Bark, Ota Fine Arts, Singapore, 2015; Mr. Hungry, AIKE-DELLARCO, Shanghai, China, 2014; Tang Dixin, Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo, Japan, 2014. His recent group exhibitions include: My House Is Your House, SPSI Art Museum, Shanghai, China, 2015; Jing Shen – The act of painting in contemporary China, PAC Museum of Contemporary Art, Milan, Italy, 2015; 10th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, South Korea, 2014; Rendering, AIKE-DELLARCO, Shanghai, China, 2013; ON|OFF China’s Young Artists in Concept and Practice, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China, 2013.

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  3. Bernd Lohaus
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    Bernd Lohaus. Düsseldorf, 1940 - Antwerpen, November 5, 2010

    German-born artist and former student of Joseph Beuys, Bernd Lohaus spent most of his working life in Antwerp. In a career spanning over 40 years, his practice centred on a poetics of placement and a precise equilibrium of forms. The heavy wooden beams that would become his signature material, salvaged from Antwerp’s River Scheldt, stand in contrast to his lighter sculptural works in brown paper tape or cut paper, hanging out in loose parts from the wall, scatterings of pigment in space and his tender watercolours of flowers, yet they all are utterances of the same starting point: a desire to trigger a response in the viewer.

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  4. Gert Robijns
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    Gert Robijns (b. Sint-Truiden, Belgium, 1972) first attended the Hogeschool Sint Lukas Brussel from 1992-1996 and then did further research in the department of fine arts of the Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht (NL). Later he participated in two artists residency programmes: the PS1, New York, and the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin. Since 2001 he has been visiting lecturer at KASK in Ghent.

    Over the course of his career, Gert Robijns has crafted extraordinary and unfamiliar compositions, ambitious and sometimes outlandish versions of things we know to be familiar. Dislodging everyday objects from their traditional frameworks, Robijns simultaneously deconstructs the quotidian from its contexts while foregrounding poetic dimensions that can be found just beneath the surface of his chosen subjects.

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  5. Eduardo Sarabia
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    Eduardo Sarabia’s work has been inspired by the independent economies and folk history of northern Mexico. He frequently works with the materials favored by local craftspeople, using ceramic tiles, hand-woven textiles, and glass to create sculptures and installations that address the complex exchanges—social, cultural, and material—that occur when this region and its history encounters outsiders. Without limiting himself to a critique of the “exoticization” of Mexican culture, Sarabia examines the gap separating definitions of taste (and, more bluntly, of legality). Mixing romantic visual narratives in regards to illegal matter, fine arts and commerce, creating an environment that slips between the oneiric and the openly materialistic, Sarabia’s work takes on an important exploration of understanding the physical and human consequences of economic forces.

    His work has been exhibited in numerous museums such as Tamayo Museum in Mexico City in 2016; 2014 at Centro Cultural Cabañas in Guadalajara and Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Oaxaca, Mexico, in the same year at ASU Art Museum, Arizona; in 2013 he had a solo show for his paintings at Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver; and venues such as Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2008 at the Whitney Biennial, and New Museum in New York. He has received 2 grants for the Durfee Grant Foundation (2004 and 2008) and has been invited to be an artist in residence at Tokyo Wonder Site in Tokyo, Japan were he completed a large public ceramic mural.

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  6. Yutaka Sone
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    Contemporary artist Yutaka Sone was born in 1965 in Shizuoka, Japan. Sone studied fine art and architecture at Tokyo Geijutsu University and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. Across a wide range of media—predominantly sculpture but also painting, drawing, photography, video, and performance—Sone's work revolves around a tension between realism and perfection. A conceptual framework, paired with a meticulous attention to detail, has characterized his practice since the early 1990s. His sculptural works in particular attest to a profound interest in landscapes, whether natural or architectural, and their ability to capture light relates them to a genre primarily associated with painting and photography. Work by the artist is held in prominent international museum collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia; Kunsthalle Bern; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Tate Gallery, London; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Yutaka Sone is represented by Tommy Simoens, Antwerp. Learn More
  7. Rirkrit Tiravanija
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    Rirkrit Tiravanija is internationally known for his socially-engaged works, initiating ways for people to become part of the art-making process. He is widely recognised as one of the most important artist of his generation.

    Solo exhibitions of his work have been mounted by Reiña Sofia in Madrid (1994), Museum of Modern Art in New York (1997), Philadelphia Museum of Art (1998), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (1999), Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art in Oslo (2002), Chaing Mai University Art Museum (2004), Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam (2004), and Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris (2005). Tiravanija’s work has also been included in major exhibitions such as Venice Biennale (1993 and 1999), Whitney Biennial (1995 and 2005), Liverpool Biennial (2002 and 2004), São Paulo Biennial (2006), The Shapes of Space at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York (2007), Installations: Selections from the Guggenheim Collections at Guggenheim Bilbao (2008), and theanyspacewhatever at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York (2008). For the Venice Biennale in 2003, the artist co-curated Utopia Station, an exhibition that later showed in Haus der Kunst in Munich. Tiravanija’s work has been recognized with numerous awards and grants including a Gordon Matta Clark Foundation Award, Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Competition Award (1993), National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship (1994), the Lucelia Artist Award from the Smithsonian American Art Museum (2003), and the Hugo Boss Prize from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York (2004). He lives and works in New York, Berlin, and Chiang Mai.

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  8. The Quay Brothers
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    Two of the world’s most original film makers, the Quay Brothers have been creating their unique blend of puppetry and stop-motion animation for nearly 30 years and have spawned an enormous cult following. The Quays display a passion for detail, a breathtaking command of color and texture, and an uncanny use of focus and camera movement that make their films unique and instantly recognizable. Best known for their classic 1986 film The Street of Crocodiles, which film maker Terry Gilliam recently selected as one of the ten best animated films of all time, they are masters of miniaturization and have created on their tiny sets an unforgettable world, suggestive of a landscape of long-repressed childhood dreams.

    The Quay Brothers have produced over 45 moving image works, including two features, music videos, dance films, documentaries, installations and live events. In 2006 The Quay brothers presented Dormitorium at the Holland film festival. In 2012-2013, they were the subject of a gallery exhibition Quay Brothers: On Deciphering the Pharmacist’s Prescription for Lip-Reading Puppets and accompanying film retrospective at MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art, NY. In 2013-2014 EYE, the national museum for film in the Netherlands, curated The Quay Brothers’ Universum.

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