The exhibitions Urgent Conversations: Athens–Antwerp and Urgent Conversations: Antwerp – Athens are a collaboration between EMST and M HKA, a theoretical and visual dialogue, based on works from the collections of both museums, which includes more than 70 works structured in 22 topics.   

28.04.2017 - 07.01.2018        

M HKA, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen - Leuvenstraat 32, 2000 Antwerpen

EMST, National Museum of Contemporary Art - Kallirrois Avenue & Amvr. Frantzi Str., Athens 11743

Politics of Experience

(c)image: the Artist & M HKA, Antwerp
Northern Barbarians, part 2: Love Races, 2000-2000
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In the video Love Races (created in collaboration with Yuliya Tikhonova), a couple is making love on top of a horse, re-enacting Chinese imagery, an outsider view on the life of Kazakh nomads. Khalfin took inspiration from the book “Chinese Eros”, which contains two series of watercolors from the 18th and 19th centuries. Painted in Northern China, they show love scenes on horses. Their common name is “Northern Barbarians”. This is what the Chinese people called the nomads from which they were separated by the Great Wall of China. This film reconstructs their ancient way of love.