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

Urgent Conversations Athens - Antwerp

(c)image: National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), Athens
Heart in Heart, 2004
Sculpture , variable dimensions
sheer organza ribbon, two meal meathhooks, aircraft cable

Heart in Heart is formed of two intertwined bodies of texts that were transferred onto organza ribbon. The computer code for Linux kernel files drapes from the higher meat hook. These kernel files are the ‘heart’ of the operating system. Twenty-two love letters from Kanarek’s narrative World of Awe drape from the second meat hook. These love letters are written by a Traveler in a parallel world to a Lover in the common world. Both the Traveler and the Lover remain anonymous. The Traveler’s letters speak of longing and nostalgia. ​Heart in Heart is a meditation on the embodiment of narratives and their transformation once dislocated. Inquiry into the embodiment of language is a central theme in Yael Kanarek’s practice.