• Ana Torfs, [ . . . ] STAIN [ . . . ] (detail), 2012, twenty framed ink-jet prints with mixed media, four tables, two speakers, sound. Installation view.

    Ana Torfs

    WIELS Contemporary Art Centre

    Each year, Wiels devotes a museum-scale exhibition to a major Belgian artist, curated by the institution’s director and founder, Dirk Snauwaert. In contrast to the lush 2013 display of 124 paintings that spanned Walter Swennen’s three-decade-plus career, the pristine spaces of the former industrial brewery this fall boast a stern ensemble of just six works by Ana Torfs, all from the past five years. The show’s title, “Echolalia,” is a term denoting the either playful or neurotic reiteration of vocalizations made by another person. And in fact the exhibition gives a unique opportunity to encounter

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