by Fernanda Brenner
Neither the book is a publication that arose from Neither the exhibition, curated by Fernanda Brenner in 2017 to inaugurate the Brussels gallery of Mendes Wood DM. Yet Neither the book is not a documentation of Neither the exhibition. Instead a selection of the artists who exhibited have been invited to produce new works for the page that, alongside a fictional history of the gallery’s new European home, written by Oliver Basciano, mingle with a photographic commission from Mauro Restiffe. They, like the exhibition, evoke a space somewhere between moving in and feeling at home, a capturing of a place that was no longer a family abode and not yet a fully functioning commercial gallery. By taking this conscious pause—respecting the distance and the journey of an exhibition from idea to materialization to memory—Neither the book hovers and loops between proposal, scrapbook and diary.
Artists: Adriano Costa, Alexandre da Cunha, Ana Mazzei, Anna Zacharoff, Christina Mackie, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Cibelle Cavalli Bastos, Dan Coopey, Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, Djordje Ozbolt, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster & Manuel Raeder, Dries Van Noten, Erika Verzutti, f.marquespenteado, Francesco João Scavarda, Franz West, Giulio Delvè, Hamza Halloubi, James Ensor, Jason Dodge, Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Kasper Bosmans, Katinka Bock, Laurent Dupont, Lawrence Weiner, Lucas Arruda, Luiz Roque, Mariana Castillo Deball, Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, Mauro Restiffe, Meriç Algün Ringborg, Michael Dean, Neïl Beloufa, Nick Mauss, Nicolas Deshayes, Nina Canell, Otobong Nkanga, Paloma Bosquê, Patricia Leite, Paul Sietsema, Rineke Dijkstra, Robert Janitz, Rodrigo Hernández, Rosemarie Trockel, Runo Lagomarsino, Sonia Gomes