• Stan Douglas, Demobilization Suit, 1945, 2010, acrylic on digital C-print, 43 5/8 × 33".

    “Stan Douglas: Interregnum”

    WIELS Contemporary Art Centre
    Avenue Van Volxemlaan 354
    October 9, 2015–January 10, 2016

    Curated by Dirk Snauwaert

    If, per Merleau-Ponty, history “never confesses,” in the work of Stan Douglas it can always be restaged in the hopes of shaking out a few loose truths. For Disco Angola, 2012, Douglas produced fictional photographs of decolonization in 1974–75 Angola and concurrent scenes in an underground disco in New York. His 2013 film Luanda–Kinshasa invited the viewer to lose herself in a re-creation of an epic early-1970s recording session at the famous CBS 30th Street Studio in Manhattan. These works make up the core of this survey, along with a new six-screen film, The Secret Agent, in which Douglas overlays Joseph Conrad’s high-modernist novel about the attempted 1894 bombing of the Greenwich Observatory with the 1974 Carnation Revolution in Portugal. A catalogue will include essays by Eric De Bruyn, Jason E. Smith, and Pedro Lapa.