19 July 2018

Jan Fabre (born in Antwerp, Belgium, 1958) currently lives in Antwerp.
Internationally recognised as one of today’s most innovative and versatile artists. For more than 25 years Fabre has been creating a distinct profile for himself as a ground-breaking performance artist, theatre and opera director, choreographer and visual artist.  Work by Jan Fabre has featured in major international exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale, Documenta in Kassel and the São Paolo Biennale. His recent presentations have included : Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Wien, Nuova Scuola Grande di Santa Maria della Misericordia, 54. Biennale di Venezia (2011).


I let myself drain (dwarf), 2007
steel, polyurethane foam, silicone, human hair, glass, textile, pump, filmblood and clothing
165 x 56 x 50 cm
Courtesy of Guy Pieters Gallery, Belgium
[Jovan Popović, Portrait of a Man with a Fez, 1845, oil on canvas, 110,5 x 87 cm, NM 3167
Property of the National Museum, Belgrade]

А life-size wax sculpture of a man, rammed into a painting made by a great Serbian artist. The sculpture is Fabre’s alter ego: an artist in the role of a martyr. Defeated by his ancestors, the alter eho accepts the fact that he will never be equal to the grand masters of the past, and will never experience their fame. Fabre’s piece points to painful element of Serbia’s institutional and cultural setting. The National Museum (which kindly allowed us to use the painting Jovan Popović Portrait of a Man with a Fez, oil on canvas, 1845, for the purpose of this exhibition) has been closed for almost a decade. This is a fact against which Fabre’s sculpture is “fighting”.

I am a one-man movement (2011 - 2011)
bic ink blue, unleaded crystal glass
4873 mm x  355 mm
Photographer: Pat Verbruggen
© Studio  Angelos

Interpretations of this project can be read on many levels, but it is important to note that the piece was made in 1983 (the English version was created for the 52nd October Salon). An older and less famous piece corresponds to Fabre’s figure ready to dash forward. Perhaps this little runner, acting as a self-proclaimed revolutionary, will help launch a discussion on some of the essential issues plaguing the contemporary Serbian society. These issues need to be addressed publicly.


© Oktobarski salon Beograd
Belgrade October salon 2011

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