From March 4 to May 20, 2007, So Close So Far Away, a group exhibition with Adel Abdessemed, Elina Brotherus, Desiree Dolron, Pierre Faure, Juul Hondius, Sutee Kunavichayanont, Esko Männikko, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Masato Nakamura, Deimantas Narkevičus, Shirin Neshat, Manit Sriwanichpoom, Martine Stig, Céline Van Balen, curated by Hilde Teerlinck.
We have the impression that our airplanes are flying ever faster, thereby reducing the distances which separate nations and human beings. Anywhere on Earth, everyone, or almost everyone, has immediate access to brands like Coca-Cola and McDonalds, and Moroccan or Thai restaurants can be found even in the smallest European cities. Cultures seem to be mixing together. But are we better acquainted with the citizens of other countries now that we share the same tastes in food and clothing? Does this exchange of customs and technological knowledge automatically bring us closer to foreign cultures?
Of course, this exhibition does not claim to provide answers to these crucial questions, but it does evoke these issues through the works of important artists who have dealt with them.
So close So Far Away is a traveling exhibition which is hosted by two other international institutions after the 3-month showing at CRAC Alsace, at Be-Part, Waregem (Belgium) & at Museum Het Domein, Sittard (The Netherlands).