Building on the legacy of the 1986 in situ exhibition "Chambres d’Amis," which was curated by Jan Hoet in the private houses of 51 families in Ghent (Belgium), the project “Chambres d’Amis: 52-93,” is an online project that will take place entirely on the pages of the last in print edition (2021) of Swedish retailer Ikea, in a renewed attempt at embedding art in domestic interiors.
An important point of departure for the original 1986 exhibition, was taking art out of the museum and introducing it into people’s homes. The potential of interactions between artists, inhabitants and visitors of the exhibition was an important stake for the exhibition makers. “Chambres d’Amis: 52-93” offers a digital alternative, a new balance between the domestic space - which is still, very much like in 1986, to be understood as a potentially subversive “Other” - and an altogether different set of symbolic values. As much a reflection on confinement, normative spaces and the ongoing definition of “Self," the project is also an oddball study in showing and viewing art online.
Patricia Ayres, Darren Bader, Sophie Barber, Jennifer Bolande, Matthew Brannon, Anne Buckwalter, Varda Caivano, Motoyuki Daifu, David Diao, John Divola, Emily Furr, Nik Gelormino, Jef Geys, Josephine Halvorson, Kirk Hayes, Joseph Holtzman, Greg Ito, Sven ’t Jolle, Christopher Knowles, Terence Koh, Kinke Kooi, Craig Kucia, Piotr Lakomy, Meg Lipke, Kate Meissner, Alexandra Noel, Rikkert Paauw, Jon Pestoni, Dan Peterman, Sara Rahmanian, Tyson Reeder, Scott Reeder, Em Rooney, Ataru Sato, Kelsey Shwetz, Pieter Slagboom, Cynthia Talmadge, Alice Tippit, Rezi Van Lankveld, B. Wurtz, Haena Yoo.