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Kendell Geers, IRRESPEKTIV

September 19, 2008 - January 4, 2009

Kendell Geers lives and works in Brussels and London.

Kendell Geers' work is strongly influenced by the social and political conditions which could (and still can) be found in South-Africa, namely the apartheid. Therefore, he continuously uses a wide variety of different materials deriving from the political and he often utilizes a violent mode of expression to articulate his artistic points of vue. His art is characterized by a multiplicity of media used (objects, installations, videos, performances), but in a very coherent way.

"Irrespektiv" is the title of the exhibition which the Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art has produced together with the SMAK, Gand (Belgium), the BPS 22, Charleroi (Belgium), the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Trento (Italy) and the Baltic Flour Mills, Newcastle (UK).

This European show, always changing in each museum, represents the first extensive retrospective of the artist. It covers different aspects which run like red threads through Geers entire oeuvre, e.g. questions of geography, linguistics, politics, society, sexuality and psychology. On the occasion of the show at the museum, the artist has specially created new artworks for the exhibition space.