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What is Taboo?

Saturday 21 April — 4:30 pm - in English

in the Talks room (Hôtel de la Poste - Tour & Taxis)

Mixing the format of a TV chat show and an interactive game, this frank but fun conversation aims to address some of the current taboo subjects in relation to the arts.  

This year, the art world has been rocked by revelations, from #MeToo to money-laundering.  While artists face political suppression in many parts of the world, the art market enjoys economic freedom without global regulation.  How does the 'art world' thrive in light these issues - and will it all end in doom and gloom?

Conceived and moderated by host Aaron Cezar (Director, Delfina Foundation), What's taboo to you? takes on the challenge of discussing hot topics in the arts with surprise guests and audience participation.  

Come and join the discussion that provokes tough questions and even tougher answers.
With contributions by Philippine Hoegen (artist) and Elena Soboleva (Curator and contemporary art specialist)  

Aaron Cezar is the founding Director of Delfina Foundation, where he develops, curates and oversees its interrelated programme of residencies, exhibitions and public platforms.  Over the last ten years, he has positioned Delfina Foundation as a meeting point and incubator of creative talent, forming partnerships with leading institutions internationally.  He has written opinion pieces for The Art Newspaper, Harper's Bazaar Art and ArtAsiaPacific, to name a few.

Philippine Hoegen (1970) is an artist living in Brussels and Amsterdam. Her multi-stranded practice engages with issues of objectness and personhood. Her work consists primarily of performances and performative interventions, collaborative events and workshops, and also writing and moderating. She teaches at AKV St Joost Academy in Breda, NL and at a-pass (advanced performance and scenography studies) in Brussels, BE. She is a researcher at the Caradt: Centre of Applied Research for Art, Design and Technology, Avans University, NL.

Elena Soboleva leads Artsy Projects, a curatorial platform within Artsy that invites contemporary artists to create public installations, site-specific commissions, and performances around the world. She has commissioned projects for global brands, including Gucci, UBS, Microsoft, and Snapchat, and worked with artists including Hank Willis Thomas, Guerrilla Girls, Dan Colen, Katherine Bernhardt, JR, Rachel Rossin and Erwin Wurm to name a few. She has been named “30 under 30” by Artinfo, “Who’s Who of Internet Art”, by W Magazine, and co-curates the Embassy Brussels, a private collection in Ixelles. @elenasoboleva   

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