Press Release

On February 4, Kunsthal Extra City opens two new exhibitions. Made in X is the second major exhibition at the Kunsthal's new location in the protected monastery site. The exhibition deals with resources and their exploitation and was curated by Joachim Naudts. At the same time To the Bone opens in the former Dominican chapel, with works by Claude Cattelain and Jot Fau, curated by Septembre Tiberghien.



International exhibitions

International Archives 1st half of 2022

Made in X - On ressources and their exploitation

05.02 - 29.05.2022
To the Bone
05.02 - 08.05.2022
Extra City Kunstal, Antwerpen (Belgium)




Made in X, February 5–May 29, 2022

Made in X delves into the foundations of our global consumer society. The exhibition focuses on the extraction of natural resources and the obscured routes they take before reaching our homes. With Made in X, Kunsthal Extra City opens the second major exhibition at its new location in the former monastery site.

Our lives are full of products whose exact origins are unknown to us, not to mention the origins of their raw materials. From mobile phones to chocolate, from tea leaves to electricity. We all use these things with little to no understanding of how they are produced or distributed. Our ignorance does not benefit anyone apart from big companies and multinationals. Indeed, it only paves the way for social exploitation and exacerbates the tension between humankind and the rest of nature.

Made in X brings together work by international contemporary artists, each of whom focuses on a different aspect of the issues surrounding raw materials. Scrutinising both neocolonial and post-industrial standpoints, their work takes various forms, from video and sculpture to photography and installations. Each artist offers an individual perspective on issues of distribution, geopolitical interests, environmental problems, waste disposal and the steady depletion of our scarce natural resources.

Participating artists: Monira Al Qadiri, Sammy Baloji, Lisa Barnard, CATPC, Yelena Popova, Raqs Media Collective, Ghita Skali and Bert Villa.

Curator: Joachim Naudts

To the Bone, February 5–May 8, 2022

To the Bone reflects on the age-old duality of body and spirit. The room-filling construction by Claude Cattelain (Belgium, 1972) references the Greek mythological figure of Sisyphus tirelessly pushing his boulder up the mountain, while the 12 surrounding sculptural gestures by Jot Fau (Belgium, 1987) act as a bridge between intimate and collective stories.

Inspired by the architectural setting of the former Dominican chapel, the two artists present an integral installation. Building on the symbolism of the Dominicans (Domini canis, the Lord’ dog) they immersed themselves in the metaphor of the powerful instinct of animality.

The duo exhibition To the Bone was proposed by guest curator Septembre Tiberghien. It is presented as part of Kunsthal Extra City’ New Voices project, which seeks to offer a platform for refreshing voices and new ideas.

Participating artists: Claude Cattelain and Jot Fau

Curator: Septembre Tiberghien

Lisa Barnard, Fluourescent Fool’ Gold (Pyrite), Santa Filomena, Andes, Peru, 2016.

Lisa Barnard, Fluourescent Fool’ Gold (Pyrite), Santa Filomena, Andes, Peru, 2016.

Exhibitions 05 February -08 and  29 May 2022. Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerpen, Provinciestraat 112 - 2018 Antwerp (Belgium). T +32 3 677 16 55. Hours: Thursday–Friday 1–pm, Saturday–Sunday 11am–6pm







New exhibitions at Extra City Kunstal, Antwerpen (Belgium)

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