In the framework of the group exhibition Open Skies, WIELS collaborates with the international house of literature Passa Porta (Brussels). With this exhibition, WIELS continues its support of emerging artists, providing not only a platform of visibility and a critical context, but also the chance to produce new work. Passa Porta extends this support for emerging talent by commissioning two young writers, Anton Jäger and Aïko Solovkine, to explore the question of transparency posed by the WIELS exhibition. This collaboration thus crosses the boundaries of visual art and literature, drawing upon the expertise of each institution.
Aïko Solovkine (1978) is a French-speaking Belgian author and journalist. Her first novel, Rodéo, was awarded the Prix de la première œuvre de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles in 2016. She is also the author of two plays, Rwanda Inc. and Mare Nostrum (Théâtre de de la Vie, Brussels, January 2019). Several of her short stories have been published, e.g. in the collection Nouvelles de Belgique (éditions Magellan, 2019).
Anton Jäger (1994) is a Dutch-speaking Belgian author and political thinker. In 2018, he published the essay Kleine anti-geschiedenis van het populisme (“A Small Anti-History of Populism”, ed. De Geus, Amsterdam). He has studied History of Ideas at Cambridge University and is now preparing a PhD on American populism. Several of his articles have been published in magazines and on websites such as De Groene Amsterdammer, De Morgen, Sabzian, Rekto:Verso, Apache and DeWereldMorgen.be.