Augustas Serapinas (°1990, Vilius, Lithuania) made a site-specific installation named ‘Georges’ as part of the group exhibition ‘Don’t You Know Who I Am’ at M HKA.
‘Georges’ refers to Georges Uittenhout, technical coordinator of the museum. Serapinas’ practice starts from an openness to encounter and to learn about the location where he makes his works. It involves building secret or ‘subjective’ spaces within an existing infrastructure.
Following a number of discussions with Georges Uittenhout, Serapinas was intrigued by a narrow high shaft within the museum that not accessible to the public or the museum staff. From within this ‘forgotten’ space, he literally broke into the museum and opened it to the public. The bricks that he collected along the way tell in part the history of the building.
About ten metres high in the shaft, barely noticeable from down below, Serapinas built a small study where he collected a number of documents, photographs and maps that are the result of his preliminary research into the history of the building and its surroundings.
Don’t You Know Who I Am? Art After Identity Politics is a major group exhibition at M HKA, the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, reflecting how emergent artists relate to issues of ‘identity politics’ today.
‘Don’t You Know Who I Am’ is a phrase we might expect to hear from celebrities being refused entry to a nightclub, or politicians trying to dissuade a policeman from giving them a parking ticket and expecting to get away with it because of who they are. In this case it also refers to the fact that many of the artists in the exhibition will be less well-known to a wider audience. This exhibition, on both main floors of the M HKA and in several off-site locations, is intended as a large-scale survey of the modes and means for considering identity and identification.
The exhibition is on show from June 13 to September 14 2014.