Extra City Kunsthal

Anselm Franke, one of the curators of this year’s Manifesta, has been the director of Extra City, a contemporary art center established in Antwerp in 2003, since 2006. In the exhibition guide for “Mimesis,” which he recently organized, Franke explains that the exhibition was intended as an alternative to the perhaps too-numerous recent shows that examine the reciprocal influences between art and theater. According to Franke, these are too often based on comparisons of a strictly formal order, with, for example, excessive attention brought to bear on the question of staging. He feels that what’s really important is instead the concept of mimesis, whose semantic richness allows a broader and more subtle apprehension of the subject.

The exhibition was composed essentially of films and video—in addition to a few photographs and drawings—projected in oversize wooden crates, variously arranged

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