In Watermelon Sugar

7th edition of
 POPPOSITIONS April 19—22, 2018
former Atelier Coppens, Brussels

In Watermelon Sugar

Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk


The 7th edition of POPPOSITIONS, In Watermelon Sugar, took place from the 19th to the 22nd of April 2018 at the former Ateliers Coppens, in the heart of the Dansaert district.

For the second year, Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk, curator and writer at The Office for Curating (NL), was artistic director. For the 2018 edition, the jury for POPPOSITIONS* selected 29 international galleries, artists’ initiatives and project spaces, from a diverse range of countries including Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Morocco, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The selection was based on artistic quality and relevance of the proposed projects to the theme of this edition. The result is 29 solo shows assembled into one single exhibition.

The title of this year’s edition, In Watermelon Sugar, has been borrowed from the eponymous post-apocalyptic novel by Richard Brautigan, published in 1968. The book is set in the aftermath of a fallen civilisation and focuses on a centrally organised commune that makes use of tools and objects made from watermelon sugar.

POPPOSITIONS presented artistic proposals that addressed matters of care in a world that is facing the unprecedented and rapid depletion of life forms and the increased instability of environments and ecologies due to the negative impact of fossil-fuelled economies.

The fair offered approaches that overcome old world orders to establish new grounds and imaginary horizons from and within these capitalist ruins, ranging from parallel worlds shaped in a fictitious vacuum to micro-cosmoses and biotopes that are situated within a given locality.

POPPOSITIONS 2018 has drawn an active worlding, combining science and fiction to set new horizons for cohabitation, collective adaptation and survival, emphasising entanglements between natures and cultures, as well as the fluidity of identities and digital infrastructures.



ALTA ART SPACE (Rotterdam, NL / Malmö, SE) with Angelica Falkeling (b. 1988, Sweden) • ARCADE (London, UK): Chiara Camoni (b. 1974, Italy) • ARCHIRAAR (Brussels, BE): Caroline Le Mehauté (b. 1982, France) • BILLYTOWN (The Hague, NL): Prosper Desmet (b. 1984, France) • CHEZ MOHAMED (Asnières, FR/Taroudant, MA): John Miserendino (b. 1980, USA) • DIENSTGEBÄUDE (Zurich, CH): Brigham Baker (b. 1989, USA) • DISPLAY (Berlin, DE): Chloé Delarue (b. 1986, France) • EKKM/CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM OF ESTONIA (Tallinn, EE): Eléonore de Montesquiou (b. 1970, France-Estonia) • FORMATO COMODO (Madrid, ES): Joost Krijnen (b. 1983, The Netherlands) • HORIZONT (Budapest, HU): Nimova Projeckt (Veronika Romhány) (b. 1987, Hungary), Josédelafuente (Santander, ES), Bernice Nauta (b. 1991, The Netherlands) •  KUNSTHALLE TROPICAL (Piz Uter, CH & F905, IS), Mars Alive (b. 1975) • LAAGENCIA (Bogotá, CO): Santiago Pinyol (b. 1982, Colombia) • LAMART OFFSPACE (Antwerp, BE): Féline Minne (b. 1990, United Kingdom) • LEMOW (Paris, FR): Anaïs Chabeur (b. 1992, France) • LOFT PROJECT ETAGI (Saint-Petersburg, RU): Johanna Van Overmeir (b. 1983, Belgium) • MAMA (Rotterdam, NL): Mat Do (b. 1982, United Kingdom) • NARRATIVE PROJECTS (London, UK): Carlos Noronha Feio (b. 1981, Portugal) • PODIUM OSLO (Oslo, NO): Miriam Hansen (b. 1988, Norway) • RIB (Rotterdam, NL) Sam Basu: (b. 1967, United Kingdom) • SUNS AND STARS (Amsterdam, NL): Andrea Karch (b. 1990, Germany) & Babette Kleijn (b. 1978, The Netherlands)  • SUPERDEALS (Brussels, BE): Dome Wood (b. 1974, Australia) • SYNDICATE (Cologne, DE): Alex Reynolds (b. 1978, Spain) • TINTYPE (London, UK): Jennet Thomas (b. 1963, United Kingdom) • VENTILATOR (Tel Aviv, IL): Ishai Shapira Kalter (b. 1986, Israel) • VITRINE (Basel, CH/London, UK): Charlie Godet Thomas (b. 1985, United Kingdom) • VLEESHAL (Middelburg, NL): Andreas Arndt (b. 1983, Sweden) • WAAP (Vancouver, CA): Steven Cottingham (b. 1989, Canada) •  WELLNESS CENTRE FUTURE PROOF (Antwerp, BE), Katinka de Jonge & Liesje de Laet, (b. 1989, The Netherlands, b. 1988, Belgium)



FEDERICA BUETI: Curator and co-founder/editor-in-chief at …ment, Journal for Contemporary Culture, Art and Politics (DE) • NICOLETTA LAMBERTUCCI: Curator at David Roberts Art Foundation (UK) • PIETERNEL VERMOORTEL: Artistic director and lecturer at Netwerk, Aalst, Curatorial Programme FormContent, Curatorial Studies KASK, Ghent (BE) • NIEKOLAAS JOHANNES LEKKERKERK: Curator and writer at The Office for Curating (NL) • Chaired by PIETER VERMEULEN: Co-founder at POPPOSITIONS,course director and lecturer at St Lucas School of Arts in Antwerp and freelance art critic and researcher, Antwerp (BE).

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