Troupe/troep at ChezKit



Some good news at the end of the year. Bureau Doove is extremely happy to announce their first exhibition project for 2021. We are also especially pleased that it takes place at ChezKit, an artist run studio and exhibition space in Pantin, Paris.

Troupe/Troep is a group exhibition which could also be called a theatre play, in which each element – the artist, the curator, her/his work, the space – is a player that is free to move around. One of the starting points for the development for this project on chaos and non-linearity, was the short film All Time is Time by Ivan Blazhev and Mike Blow, a photographic film project inspired by Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse 5 about the controversial bombing of Dresden at the end of World War II in which the entire historic core of the city was razed to the ground. The film focuses on Dresden and its reconstruction as a pretext for exploring history, memories, their fragility, and nonlinear, broken time. From this Troupe/Troep was developed as a reflection on current times, the fragmentation, chaos and waste of the world, questioning the body and its functioning in times of crises, connecting the human and non-human, trying to find sense and beauty in the discarded.

The troupe or band consists out of seemingly unconnected figures, not unlike the meeting of artists that would eventually form the first Dada group in the Zurich of 1916. Some of the troupe’s members are, like Mike Blow, affiliated to Bureau Doove – Sara Bomans, Alexandra Dementieva, Hantu (weber + delsaux), Remco Roes (in collaboration with Koenraad Claes) and Neil Wood. To this are added Benoît Géhanne who’s inspiring studio visit made me discover Pantin, and Chloé Elmaleh, one of the artists working at ChezKit. Finally, there’s a group of young former students that I had the pleasure of meeting and working with at ESADHaR Le Havre-Rouen while teaching there: Julie Canu, Lucas Cyrille, Louise Delacroix, Fleure Leclere, Si Liu, Thomas Maestro, Tom Sagit, Agathe Schneiderand Wenyu Zhang. But basically there are no divisions or categories, only meetings, conversations and exchanges. The Dutch word troep has the same pronunciation as troupe, but is not just a repetition or alliteration. It adds the sense of messiness to the mix, which is however used in a constructive way, again not unlike the dadaists.

While the development process has already started with a first meeting in ChezKit and exchanges via mail and zoom, we intend to start an intense collaboration with all participants from Wednesday 27 January onwards with an opening on Friday afternoon 29 January and an ongoing show until Sunday afternoon 31 January. Find the Facebook-event here.

Image Edith Doove, Found, 2006


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