Vaast Colson belongs to a younger generation of Antwerp artists who clearly have no qualms asking those big questions which far too long languished in the oblivion of a decade ruled by heavy-handed irony – those that concern the transformative potential of art in contemporary society, as well as those that seek to define the role and status of the artist in this process of transformation. Questions of audience participation – the most basic of which would be: “what constitutes an art audience?” and an active interest in the mythomania that surrounds the notion of artisthood: when does one become an artist, and how does simple autobiography inform and shape artistic trajectories? resurface in Colson’s praxis.
Vaast Colson performs a short performance on every day of the biennale, preceding the keynote speeches, aiming to go back to a sense of connection with life.
Credits (c)image: M HKA