Kendell Geers presents 'No Government No Cry' at CIAP, Belgium

The point of departure for the exhibition ‘No government No cry' at CIAP in Hasselt from 23 April until 26 June 2011, is a manifesto written by artist Kendell Geers. Through poignant statements, he explores the often ignored link between political and natural revolutions, mourns the loss of our talent for revolution and the underlying causes, and gives us clues on how to re-member our inner alpha-bêtes to live a more true life.

The notion revolution, in all its previously unexplored senses, is the igniter of the exhibition. Kendell Geers points out that we, as individuals, do have control over revolution. If war be the domain of political leadership, then its social antithesis must be revolution. Yet, right now, with our 290 days of no-government world record and calm streets, it could be declared that in Belgium Revolution is over (if you want it). Put more cynically, revolution is over because you want it. In the lands of luxury, revolution seems impossible for nobody dares to rock a boat for fear of getting wet. Belgium is a country without much struggle and as a result a great deal is taken for granted. Life is good and the comfort zone very broad. But we have drifted away. Capitalism with its instant and sensitivities, our lifestyle destroys others and our planet.

Nothing less than a total Revolution, one from within each human, can change our habits and restore nature to a regenerative condition. The key, Kendell Geers says, is love. The Revolution we need can only begin with unconditional love of the self in tight relation to the holistic idea that we are part of a complex web of life. The exhibition ‘No Government No Cry' is a fragile attempt to embody and explore this holistic perception. During the exhibition, Kendell Geers will seek out his pre-linguistic self, and explore the alpha-bête of his inner animal. He set up the exhibition in a contagious way, and also invited many other artists, writers, curators, friends and guests to contribute their thoughts and doubts upon this manifesto and to open a discussion not to be missed.

PREVIEW: Saturday 23 April 2011, from 19:00 hrs
- Lectures and performances by Marina Abramovic, Ilse Ghekiere, Stephen Thompson, Mårten Spångberg and Krööt Juurak and other guests
- Screening of the film ‘Enjoy Poverty' by Renzo Martens

MIDISSAGE/OPENING: Saturday 30 April 2011, from 15:00 hrs
- Lectures and performances by Kendell Geers, Marina Abramovic, Laurent Devèze, Liz Kinoshita, Anna Pajunen, Siet Raeymaekers, Jesus Macconnell u no message me no mores and other guests
- Dance program curated by Sandy Williams
- From 19:30 hrs you can also visit the vernissage with performances of the solo project ‘Exhibition #1′ by Kris Verdonck in Z33 art center, Zuivelmarkt 33, Hasselt

EXHIBITION PROJECT 23.04.2011 - 26.06.2011
With special guests: Alec De Busschère, Anne Pajunen, Banksy, Belinda Blignaut, Betty Tompkins, Carl Abrahamsson, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Cendrine du Welz, Geoffroy de Volder, Heidi Voet, Ilse Ghekiere, Jesus Macconnell u no message me no mores, Kara Walker, Krööt Juurak, Laetitia Jeurissen, Laurent Devèze, Leif Elggren, Liz Kinoshita, Lucy Orta, Marina Abramovic, Mårten Spångberg, Monica Bonvicini, Nedko Solakov, Nicolas Bourriaud, Patrick Codenys, Paul McDevitt, Pierre-Olivier Rollin, Raoul Vaneigem, Raqs Media Collective, Renzo Martens, Sandy Williams, Siet Raeymaekers, Sinziana Ravini, Sophie Whettnall, Stephen Thompson, Tania Bruguera, Zin Taylor and others!

CIAP Actuele Kunst
Armand Hertzstraat 21 bus 1
BE-3500 Hasselt
+32 (0)11 22 53 21