International exhibitions

International Archives 2nd half of 2015


Meessen De Clercq, Brussels (Belgium)

12.12.2015 - 06.02.2016



Press Release

The term Anthropocene was introduced for the first time in 2000 by climatologist Paul Crutzen. This concept, now recognized by the international scientific community, means that the human race has become a geological force in its own right. Its effects on the elements that constitute the Earth (water, air, land) have become so great that ‘System Earth’ has undergone irremediable disruption and has begun an irreversible mutation. We are leaving one world and entering another.

The beginning of the Anthropocene is generally estimated to have been in about 1800, at the start of the Industrial Revolution in Europe. An infinitesimal period, almost zero in comparison with the history of Earth, was enough to cause a change comparable to the major upheaval that separates us from the Mesozoic era. Earth time has become measurable in the time of human action.


Scientists, philosophers and anthropologists as well as artists are joining forces to stress that there is an environmental emergency. The boundaries of knowledge are being re-drawn and this new era allows us a glimpse of new possibilities. In that respect, it is a fascinating mutation.
What resources and protective mechanisms does humanity have to cope with this new epoch? How can humanity contend with a change on this scale? How can we live on Earth?

The artists invited for this group exhibition draw attention to the issue and come up with new ways of thinking and change our modes of perception in order to be able to respond to what is happening.

The artists :
Ignasi Aballí, Vanessa Billy, Katinka Bock, Milena Bonilla, Susan Collis, Jordi Colomer, Lieven De Boeck, Ryan Foerster, Hreinn Fridfinnsson, Aurélien Froment, Ryan Gander, Filip Gilissen, Ellen Harvey, Adam Henry, Nicolás Lamas, Guillaume Leblon, Benoît Maire, Jorge Méndez Blake, Navid Nuur, Claudio Parmiggiani, Tania Pérez Córdova, Wilfredo Prieto, Benoît Pype, Evariste Richer, Fabrice Samyn, Kelly Schacht, José María Sicilia, Lucy Skaer, Thu Van Tran, Chaim van Luit, Maarten Vanden Eynde, Leon Vranken

Anthropocene, Meessen De Clercq, Brussels

© ArtCatalyse International / Marika Prévosto 2016. All Rights Reserved

Exhibition 12 December 2015 - 6 february 2016. Meessen De Clercq, Rue de l'Abbaye - 1000 Brussells (Belgium). Tel.: +32 (0)2 644 34 54. Opening hours Tuesday – Saturday 11am - 6pm