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Authors:Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei, Mihnea Mircan (ed.)
Rating:1.62, Votes:88

“‘Cross-Examinations’ is an exercise in writing, erasing, and rewriting. Its four, increasingly layered iterations interrogate issues pertaining to torture, pain, and being. They engage a series of texts and works, such as an exchange between Heidegger and Jünger, poetry by John Donne and Jean Daive, a novel by Nachoem Wijnberg, Cranach’s ‘The Martyrdom of Saint Catherine’, Broodthaers’s ‘Fémur d’homme belge’ and ‘Fémur de la femme française’. A constant attempt to reassess its own claims, ‘Cross-Examinations’ is a palimpsest, printed and reprinted until the ink becomes page.”
Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei

A publication produced by Extra City Kunsthal.
Text by Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei
With contributions by: Nicoline van Harskamp, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Willem Oorebeek & Léon Spilliaert, Anja Kirschner & David Panos
Edited by Mihnea Mircan
Design by Remco van Bladel & Andrea Spikker
Published by MER. Paper Kunsthalle, Ghent


In 2012 and 2103, Extra City presented ‘Cross-examinations’, a series of four exhibitions engaging questions of artistic responsibility and agency from various perspectives. The series was a progressive accumulation of evidence and divergent truths, an inquiry into artistic modes of verification and into art’s capacity to diagnose a historical situation.

Cross-Examinations 1: Anarchism Without Adjectives: On the Work of Christopher D’Arcangelo (1975-79)
14/09 – 30/09/2012
Curated by Dean Inkster and Sébastien Pluot
Including works and interventions by Pierre Bal-Blanc, Martin Beck, Céline Condorelli, Corinne Diserens, Andreas M. Fohr, Mario Garcia Torres, Group Material, Nicoline van Harskamp, Ben Kinmont, Jiri Kovanda, Pierre Leguillon, Rainer Oldendorf, Uriel Orlow, Emilie Parendeau, Alejandra Riera, and Isidoro Valcarcel Medina.

Cross-Examinations 2: How Much Fascism?
05/10 – 11/11/2012
Curated by What, How & for Whom, in collaboration with Mihnea Mircan. Including works by Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Judith Hopf, Sanja Ivekovic ́, Gert Jan Kocken, Thomas Kvam, Avi Mograbi, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Cesare Pietroiusti, Lidwien van de Ven, and Želimir Žilnik.

Cross-Examinations 3: These and Other Works: Explaining Belgian Art to
a Foreigner

23/11 – 30/12/2012
Including works and interventions by Liudvikas Buklys, Jacques Charlier, Jef Cornelis, Thomas Crombez, Wim Cuyvers, Daniel Dewaele, Liesbeth Doms & Sarah Hendrickx & Chloé Dierckx, Filip Francis, Lara Mennes, Willem Oorebeek, Karl Philips, Marc Schepers, Henri Storck, Sarah Vanagt, Roland Van den Berghe, Wilfried Vandenhove, Stefan Wouters, and projects by Guy Bleus, Hugo Roelandt, Ria Pacquée, Danny Devos, Jan Fabre, Koen Theys and Dirk Paesmans, Hugo Heyrman, Wout Vercammen, and Yoshio Nakajima.


Cross-Examinations 4: Anja Kirschner & David Panos, Ultimate Substance
24/01 – 03/03/2013