The Gift of Betrayal

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The Gift of Betrayal

Rue De Praetere "opposite of 47" (Rivoli building Ground floor 21)
1180 Brussels
April 19th, 2013 - May 25th, 2013
Opening: April 19th, 2013 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Center - Uptown
Thursday till Saturday, 1 to 6 pm and by appointment


Special opening - April 20 / 21 1 to 6 pm

The French artistic cooperative Société Réaliste (Ferenc Gróf and Jean-Baptiste Naudy), represented by Delire Gallery, has chosen to inaugurate this series by inviting curator Matteo Lucchetti, to work with her on a group show, titled The Gift of Betrayal, and featuring the work of Danilo Correale, Tibor Horvath, Anna Scalfi Eghenter and Société Réaliste.

When credit and credibility went down the road of distrust, at the peek of the financial crisis in 2008, our wish to imagine a future after the betrayal that financial capitalism played on us, went the same way. The system based on risk that promised to make us all richer and happier has cheated on us and left behind a general sense of bad faith towards our economies, the subsequent complicity of politics, and finally within the social body. It is precisely for this reason that one of the deepest effects that the financial crisis has had, is what Agamben has referred to as a “loss of faith”; where faith isn't necessarily to be interpreted in a religious way, but in its etymological meaning of "credit", or better to be able to give credit to a person, an institution, an ideology. 

The Gift of Betrayal, that purposefully sounds like the title of a self-help book, presents betrayal ultimately as a gift, from which it is possible to learn. The title introduces a discursive space where the idea of betrayal is addressed both as a theme and as a visual strategy that the works play with, while introducing and altering elements belonging to the world of finance. Duplicity, falseness and trickery are tools to be deconstructed and understood in their everyday existence, while the aesthetics of financial service companies, or credit-rating agencies are appropriated and embedded in the grammar of the exhibition's display.