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Can or should artists be activists? Can activism be good art? Has activism become a hollow concept? Or has activism become a ‘lifestyle’? Where and when is artistic activism disturbing, provocative, or just annoying?

At BOTANICC we will focus on these questions through the medium of a new book, posters, a movie, a curated selection from the archive, and all this in the physical presence of some activist artists.

The following artists contributed to the book:

AARS, Chantal Akerman, Constant Aline, ASTRID collectief, Selin Aydinol, Martha Balthazar & Carole De Buck, Fred Bervoets, Maria Blondeel, BRUiTAL, Adriana Bustos, Christine Clinckx, CMMC, Leo Copers, Anne Daems, Hanna-Lee Daled, Bart De Baere, Goele De Bruyn, Pieter De Clercq, Gilles Dedecker, Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, Edith Dekyndt, Luc Deleu / T.O.P. office, Daniël Dewaele, Ian De Weerdt, Ecole Mondiale, Hanane El Farissi, Dodi Espinosa, Katya EV, Peter Fengler, Helen Anna Flanagan, Milan Gillard, Justine Grillet, Jenny Holzer, HUGO, Paul Joostens, Nikolay Karabinovych, Sanam Khatibi, Frank Koolen, José Koppies, John Körmeling, Michael Laird & Carina Gosselé, Diego Lama, Willia Menzel, Ludo Mich, Peter Morrens, Ria Pacquée, Lieven Paelinck, patrieswicherspoeticaction, Toon Saerens, Self Luminous Society, Boy & Erik Stappaerts, STRIPPER ANGEL aka DOLLY BING BING, Mark Swysen, Oussama Tabti, Koen Theys, Walter Vaes, Thé Van Bergen, Luca Vanello, Wouter Van Loo, Sam Vanoverschelde i.s.m. State of the Arts, Wout Vercammen, Leen Voet and Z V E Z D O L I K I

BOTANIC is an artist-run space located at Leopoldstraat 55 – Antwerp

the artists that run BOTANICC are the NICC board members: Lieven Segers, Guillaume Bijl, Marcel Crabeels, Yannick Ganseman, Pierre Mertens, Imge Özbilge, Ria Pacquée, Ellen Pil, Wouter Van der Hallen, Wouter Van Loo, Natasja Mabesoone, Ian De Weerdt and Shanglie Zhou, and the artistic employees: Philippe Van Damme and Lina Ejdaa

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