GLEAN Talk about 'Periphery

with Bas Blaasse, Melissa Gordon, Hussein Shikha & Clara Spilliaert

18.05.2024, 17:00 — 18:00 Artist talk

Join GLEAN's panel discussion on Saturday 18 May from 17:00 to 17:50, moderated by Bas Blaasse. In this GLEAN Talk, find out more about 'Periphery' and the artists whose site-specific artwork were added to the exhibition this year: Melissa Gordon, Hussein Shikha and Clara Spilliaert.

Under the banner of ‘Periphery’, Kunsthal Extra City has been commissioning site-specific artworks for its current location in the former Dominican monastery. Through this long-term project, artists are invited to question, activate and explore Extra City’s location, which is far from neutral in terms of its associations. Each artist installs a semi-permanent work in peripheral areas of the church and chapel, engaging in a critical dialogue with the architectural space.

Since the start of the project in 2021, Bas Blaasse, web editor and videographer for GLEAN (then HART magazine), has been following the artists in their art practice. A new video will be launched during the GLEAN Talk, in the meantime you can watch previous video interviews here.



Saturday 18 May from 17:00 to 17:50

↳ in the chapel of Kunsthal Extra City


GLEAN, formerly HART magazine, is a leading Brussels-based contemporary art magazine that embraces the creative spirit and innovation. Each month, the magazine invites an artist to formulate a series of instructions, leaving the magazine's designers free to carry them out in their own unique way. The magazine is published four times a year in English and six times a year in Dutch.

Bas Blaasse is a versatile writer covering a variety of topics, with a particular focus on arts and culture. As editor at GLEAN and a member of Level Five, he actively contributes to the cultural landscape of the Netherlands and Belgium. Besides his work as an author of non-fiction, his portfolio also includes works of fiction and experiments with sound, photography and moving image. With a background in philosophy and photography, Blaasse brings a unique perspective to his work.

Melissa Gordon works with the structural relationships between printmaking and painting. She has exhibited at Spike Island (Bristol), Eastside Projects (Birmingham), WIELS (Brussels), de Vleeshal (Middelburg), Museum Dhont Dhaenens (Sint-Martens-Latem), Cosar HMT (Düsseldorf), GARAGE (Rotterdam) and Manifold Books (Amsterdam), among others. She is a professor at Oslo Art Academy and her writing has been published in May Revue and Texte Zur Kunst.

Hussein Shikha was born and raised in Iraq and moved to Antwerp in 2009, where he currently lives. He holds a Masters in Fine Arts from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp and an Advanced Masters in Research in Art and Design from Sint Lucas Antwerp. Hussein's work includes design, animation, visual arts, writing and curating and has been presented at iMAL, Brussels; Het Bos, Antwerp; and Kunsthal Extra City, Antwerp.

Born in Tokyo, Clara Spilliaert moved to Belgium in 2009, where she began her artistic journey at LUCA School of Arts in Ghent. Her education began with drawing and later she delved into the world of ceramics. After seven years of intensive diary drawing, Spilliaert now explores various media, trying to find a harmony between the personal and the public domain.

Location Kunsthal Extra City, Provinciestraat 112, 2018 Antwerpen

Periphery 07.05.2021—31.12.2023

20 years Kunsthal Extra City 18.05.2024—19.05.2024