Hugo Roelandt (1950–2015) was a photographer, performance and installation artist who played a pioneering role in the Antwerp avant-garde of the 1970s and 1980s. This exhibition – the first in a series of two curated by Marc Holthof at Objectif Exhibitions – is the first opportunity to rediscover Roelandt’s work in over twenty years.
As a photographer Roelandt was constantly confronted with the essential question ‘colour or black and white?’, which informs the two consecutive exhibitions at Objectif: the first concentrates on Roelandt’s performance career in the late 1970s and 1980s, while the second, Let’s Expand the Sky – in Colour focuses on his photographic work in the early 1970s and 1990s. Taken together, the two exhibitions present Roelandt’s work as if by a ‘new’, emerging artist and argue that, although produced in very different circumstances, it remains as relevant today as ever.
The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated book, edited by Marc Holthof and published by Occasional Papers. Let’s Expand the Sky – in Black and White is the first stage of The Hugo Roelandt Research Project, a collaborative research initiative between Objectif Exhibitions, M HKA, Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp and Argos.