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RAISOR by Rik Peeters

"A while ago I stumbled upon a series of black and white drawings that I had made as a kid. Contrary to the estranging experience of looking at a photograph of oneself as a child, where one sees a depiction of one’s own flesh in a less developed state, these drawings seemed to be a relic of a lost inner world. By analysing, thinking and reconstructing this inner world I created a character: A caricatural reading of a younger self, who functions as a sort of protagonist within the work. This character is a young and naïve rebel, sacrificed for the sake of seriousness and utility. A little cupid that is put asleep, educated and trained, and eventually, forced to fit in like a robot.
These processes of imposed transformation, of teaching and molding, often exhaustive and repetitive and both perverse and absurd, incorporate a sheer determinism. They seek to fulfill the prefabricated dreams and desires of a society governed by a logic of singularity, ownership and valorization. By exposing, exaggerating and looping these processes, I seek to uncover poetry."

Raisor took place at Sagacity in Brussels from February 16th - 19th, 2017. Raisor was curated by SOIL Collective.