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zwischen den bildern

a video work by Toon Leën

zwischen den bildern  was created for an anonymous exhibition, titled x, that took place at KIOSK in Ghent from 23 January until 28 March 2021. Rather than showing an artwork without revealing the artist’s identity, the video portrays an artist without revealing his work. Standing outside the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) in Berlin, the artist talks about his fascination with art historian Aby Warburg. An exhibition had been put up by the HKW showing a reconstruction of Warburg’s Bilderatlas Mnemosyne, but it was closed due to the Corona lockdown in November 2020. The video goes on to show the artist in his study room, where he is seen drinking tea and studying the works of Warburg. Interviewed at his studio, the artist talks about his collection of found photographs, presented on his studio wall, which serve as a source of inspiration for his work.


Written and directed by: Toon Leën
With: Anna Königshofer, Ludovic Vermeersch
Cinematography: Jan-Holger Hennies
Sound: Toon Leën
Editing: Toon Leën
Music: Sviatoslav Ishkanov

Commissioned by: KIOSK, Ghent
Belgium / Germany 2021, Full HD, 13 minutes


x“, KIOSK, Ghent (January – March 2021)
“From the Collection. Gifted”, S.M.A.K., Ghent (June – October 2021)