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UPCOMING EVENT

LAURA SOFIA ARBELÁEZ
JUAN DAVID PIZARRO
PARALLELING

22/03/2024 > 26/04/2024

AMINA SAADI
VERSAILLES CITY
 
04.09.16, 12-7pm

RUOHONG WU &
JOSÉ QUINTANAR

THIS WAS A PROJECT BUT
WE HAVE FORGOTTEN WHAT IT WAS

26/01/2024 > 23/02/2024

BORG 2016
ARTS FESTIVAL
 
03/09/16,
08/09/16 > 11/09/16, 12-6pm

04/09/16 12-7pm

PARAROJA
ZINES FROM ALBANIA

27/10/2023 > 30/11/202
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LAURA SOFIA ARBELÁEZ & JUAN DAVID PIZARRO

Colombia and Belgium were at war for more than 100 years.The reason? A broken heart. When José de los Santos 
Gutiérrez visited Belgium for the first time, he fell in love with Josephine, a young student from Leuven. 
Their love was fleeting and reciprocated. However, 
her family forbade this young couple from being together.

José, spiteful, returned to Bogotá and in 1867, one year before becoming president of Colombia, declared war on Belgium through a long letter. The letter, however, never reached Europe, and Belgium never found out about this battle. It is believed that a transportation failure caused the letter to be lost at sea.

This story unveils a unique anecdote of the relationship between Colombia and Belgium. A relationship of love, of impossibility. A relationship of technical, moral, and social failures. The distance between these two countries is enormous, but the parallels are undeniable. We bear witness.

Coming from Colombia, we have managed to identify similarities between our previous home and our new place of residence. We have been able to explore differences in perceptions, found similarities of interests, and now recognise parallels between situations experienced here and there.

Throughout our experience as Latin American immigrants, we have learned new lessons, developed new daily life strategies, walked the streets, and sometimes even forgotten that we are no longer, in what used to be our home. These publications address a convergence of artistic and visual processes which include the interpretation of landscape, urban exploration, home settings, and the configuration of memory.

Displaying such nuanced approaches to the same topics aids us in relating more profoundly with new places.

To our beloved Lía

PUBLICATIONS

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Coqueta

Andrea Triana , Sofía Reyes

This publication is a celebration of the life of Andrea Correa Coqueta, who lived in Italy between 1994 and 2002.

Today, some years later, we can delve into that moment of her life: her loves, the places she inhabited, the bright decor that illuminated almost everything, her friends, and, in short, the exuberance of a life with the complexity of any other, but of which we are allowed to be spectators. This at a time when the private character of photography was much more evident than now, and its materiality belonged, almost entirely, to the world of the domestic.

These 129 photographs are part of the Queer Archive of the Arkhé Foundation, the first documentary body open to the public dedicated to reconstructing the history, activism and aesthetic and poetic crossings of the LGBTI community. They were edited by Andrea Triana and Sofía Reyes, who understood the capacity of this collection to transmit, not only the spirit of an era, but also its power to speak to us about ourselves, to identify us with other lives and other moments.

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Xenia

Arian Christiaens

‘Xenia’ is a combination of recent and past portraits that Arian Christiaens made of her sister. Christiaens uses the act of creating portraits as an attempt to communicate and understand her sister’s personality. ‘Xenia’ handles the search for identity and how people struggle with fitting in society. Next to this search for identity, Christiaens also addresses the limitations of portraiture and the inability of photography to tell the truth. What is constructed and what is real? Who is Xenia as a character and what does she express? The fear to exist, to (not) feel at ease in your own body and environment, the complexity of ones personality are themes that Christiaens deals with in a publication that floats between a photographic documentary and a (staged) story.

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Domingo
Monserrat Mela González

This fanzine was drawn in dualities between feeling a lot and little. Between thinking thinking about succes and falling into failure. Between feeling calm and feeling overwhelmed.

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Zondag
Olivier Schrauwen

Sunday is a detailed account of a day in the life of Thibault Schrauwen, nephew of the author.

That autumn day in 2017 was not a randomly chosen day: it was a day filled with aimlessness, boredom, idleness, For Thibault, it was another "wasted day. When he told his cousin Olivier about it, he immediately realized that this was an ideal subject for a new graphic novel.

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Oasis

Giovanni Vargas

Each of these digital drawings represent areas where vegetation still exists and persists and/or at the same time are spaces that allow the gathering of people from different places surrounding the artist's studio area in Chapinero Alto. The drawings point out and suggest the change that has taken place in the city and, in particular, in the neighborhood of Chapinero, which has been transformed at great speed in recent years, displacing and annulling those spaces of encounters that allow openings to establish ties of relationships and knowledge between various communities. These changes respond to a certain extent to the search for an urban alternative in this central area of the city, which has densified considerably during its growth process.

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Waterlijn

Bastiaan van Aarle

I like to let my imagination run free when wandering around. I wonder what happens behind fences, tall hedges and closed doors. How do people live their lives? What do they create to do so? And will it survive the test of time? The tree might outgrow the house. The forest felled for project development. I don’t know, but I make it up while I go.

This imagination is fed by my environment. I read about a sealevel rise of 65 meters and I’m intrigued. For this to happen, all the ice around the world must melt. Belgium would become a surreal collection of islands. I suddenly see beach houses, tree tops popping out of the sea or flooded industrial plants.

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Macarenia

Mónica Naranjo Uribe

The endemic plant Macarenia clavigera grows on the westernmost part of the Guiana Shield, the oldest exposed rock formation on the surface of the American continent, shared between the Guyanas, Venezuela, Brazil and Colombia. The surface of this rock is molded with shapes that evoke the coming and going movement of waves, reminiscent of the sea that is said to have once covered them. Only where the water makes contact with these rocks and flows back over them does this plant flourish.

The visual narrative of the publication Macarenia (Nómada Ediciones, 2021) proposes a poetic exploration based on the physical experience in the territory, together with a scientific documentation that makes visible the invisible, and the fiction or imagination detonated by what still remains uncertain and unknown to science. Scientific advisor: Ana María Bedoya, biologist specialized in Podostemaceae, a family of aquatic plants to which Macarenia clavigera belongs.

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Tiengemeten

Vibe Stalpaert

Jasper Coremans

Located at the terminus of Meuse and Rhine, the island of Tiengemeten is the starting point of a relationship between two artists.

Photographer Vibe Stalpaert and writer Jasper Coremans spent a day there in silence. They took the first ferry to the island and the last one back. Bound in time and space, they each used their own medium to capture what their surroundings and their first encounter did to them. The island that spoke, and they who remained silent.

What they couldn’t speak out on the island, they gave voice to in their book ‘Tiengemeten’.

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Fantasia

Made in China/ Mecho en Colombia

Sebastián Villamil
 

Sebastián Villamil photographs toys that are for sale in popular markets and that have defects that symbolically affect the characters represented: princesses, prototypes of beauty. These works are part of the series: Museo de fantasía.

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Budget Meubelen

Egon Van Herreweghe

Budget Meubelen is a furniture brochure with documentation of Egon Van Herreweghe's Apartment for Sale exhibition from 2018. For this exhibition he made wooden replicas of the greatest common denominator in real estate brochures such as a grey couch, a wooden sideboard, a monstera, etc. The publication places the sculptures in a furniture brochure that was printed in large numbers as befits advertising. When the brochure was presented in 2020 at the Artist Print book fair in Brussels, interested parties were able to sign a contract stating that they had to mail 250 copies to unsuspecting neighbors. That way, in exchange for a personal copy, they helped to get the job done.
 

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Catálogo Astronómico Bogotá

Yorely Valero

Astronomical Catalog is a project initiated in 2018, arising from the encounter with an old spherical water tank that, due to its shape, texture and location at the top of the house that housed it, I reinterpreted as a celestial body.

From the idea that this and other urban stars of the same nature could come into alignment with the sun and produce an eclipse, I undertook a search in the city of Bogota that led me to discover more than a hundred places where some of these bodies still rested. The result was a series of 72 photographs of the tanks and a video record of an eclipse that occurred between one of them and the Sun.

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Voetschrapers

Raul Hidalgo & Anja Isabel Schneider

Through photographic and sculptural recording, we seek to document the "voetschrapers" (boot scrapers) located in the historic houses of the city of Antwerp. These popular elements in disuse are now liminal spaces where new forms of situated relationship and life occur on the margins. With this book we seek to develop a visual narrative by decentering the human function of the "voetschrapers" to make way for questions related to the temporal, performative, scale, material, archive, the urban, ...

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Neblinas
Adriana Rosell Richa

 

The mist rises and separates from the ground to form scattered clouds, revealing and configuring the landscape’s planes partially or gradually. Suddenly, it limits the ability to see and recognize places, hides, and brings them back when the temperature rises and the sun’s rays become visible. The above is the fundamental meteorological phenomenon in water processing in the high mountain ecosystem, the Páramos. They retain water, store it, and redistribute it.

This publication by the Venezuelan artist Adriana Rosell is inspired by her expeditions of the Páramo Verjón Alto (Cundinamarca, Colombia).

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Stek
Els Martens

 

How do we look at a photograph of a place when there are no anchor points? How do we approach the surface of a landscape, rendered flat in an image, when there is no significant horizon, or when there are no trees for scale? Onto what do we cling our gaze? (Rocks, solid as they may be, are deceptive in size and therefore unreliable.)
‘Stek’ is a word that speaks of a certain space, or a certain spot in a certain space.
Stek (2018) is a still, and slow-paced book, a poetic geographical study of a landscape, as it floats over and along a specific spot in one gentle movement. With each page, the viewpoint gradually shifts, revealing more details. Navigation through the book allows to scan the environment in more detail. This process of scanning involves movement: it is using your eye like a moving camera to explore the surface.

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2020:40
Alajandra Hernández Ávila

 

In a year of cocoons we find ourselves isolated within the virtual. We looked at eachothers eyes in synchronicity. Drawing as a translator. Screens as a mediem. Thought, plasma. We meet in our spaces. We connect filling gaps and recognizing ourselves in the other.

An Unexpected Lesson in Joy
Nick Hannes

 

14 March 2020. A strange calm descends upon the land. The Corona virus keeps everyone inside and paralyses public life. The rat race grinds to a halt. We don't know what’s coming our way. With the prospect of a long-term quarantine, I start a diary. I photograph familiar things: my home, my family. In this reduced world there is time, there is silence. And then spring comes.

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Arquitecturas

que no entrarán en los libros de historia.

Esteban López

Arquitecturas que no entrarán en los libros de historia is a book that is the product of an investigative whim. I grew up around architectural history books that at some point made me think about wanting to be a "modern" architect of the 21st century. Already in the research creation of the arts I realized that I am interested in addressing the particular, the subjective and the non-uniform in the construction of the world and its structures. Therefore, some time ago I began to collect images of ornaments and houses that defy uniformity in Cali to be seen and admired, inhabiting eccentricity and excess.

There are 48 pages of photographs of ornaments recorded in the factories of those who make these cement figures in fiberglass molds and some of the houses in which I identified their use with greater intensity and strength.

UP 3

Koenraad Dedobbeleer, Nico Dockx, Kris Kimpe, Jan Mast

UP is a fanzine dedicated to a singular and subjective love of the built initiated by artist Koenraad Dedobbeleer andarchitect Kris Kimpe. Appearing regularly with an irregular interval since 2006, UP features photography byDedobbeleer, Kimpe and other collaborators of a single work of architecture that inspires them. The photography is both a documentation of and a critical response to the architecture. 

UP3 is initiated by Koenraad Dedobbeleer (KD) & Nico Dockx (ND) & Kris Kimpe (KK) & Jan Mast (JM) remembering René Heyvaert (RH). this issue stars the 1957-58 architectural project by René Heyvaert in the Hellegatstraat, Destelbergen, Belgium.

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Caminar Entre Los Otros

Mónica Naranjo Uribe

Publication inspired by the center of Bogotá, specifically in the pedestrian section of the Carrera 7 (from 24th Street to 11th Street / Plaza de Bolivar).
There is an invisible wave, which is configured daily and constantly, among those who move around the public space of the city, which is woven through looks, hand movements, grazes, gestures and rhythms of walking. Each city has its own pulse and rhythm of life, we synchronize intimately and instinctively to it, as a way to adapt and survive. Caminar entre los otros (Walking among the others) reviews these subtle patterns and gestures, looking for what the city can communicate from its most invisible levels, which go beyond its architectural or urban configuration, and reveals itself in its most lively dimension: the human.

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Tout va finir par rentrer dans le désordre…

Jean-François Flamey

“Everything will eventually get back to disorder…”
In the midst of a lockdown momentum, an attempt to translate the feeling of vulnerability provided by the enigma that these lived moments hold within me. An almost mystical enigma if there was not all the difficulty of apprehending the physical and social distancing but also the fear that a loved one would be reached, or even worse. Alive in the middle of all this, I put here some silent images…

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Rosáceo

Ana María Lozano

This is a book by Ana María Lozano that explores structures, architectures, plants, and windows in a visual and contemplative journey during her visit to Cali, Colombia.

Within these pages, you’ll find a meticulous and detailed examination of each construction and representation of a warm, Cali-esque landscape with rosy tones.

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The Front

Bert Bossaert

You see them in any middle class suburb of any middle-sized Flemish city. They are as old as the houses they stand in front of. They are often older than the inhabitants, who do not seem to know what to do with them. Their sizes are no longer what they were once conceived to be.
Trees and hedges seldomly remain the modest, fashionable stage pieces that long ago turned a front lawn into the epitome of bourgeois tidiness. They wither, they grow lopsided, or become so big they obscure the entire house.
Still, they only stand out once you really start paying attention. When, for instance, you start walking more often through your neighborhood. They become points of reference. The owners you rarely ever see, fleetingly at best. You start imagining those people, just by observing how they have treated their front laws. Some nonchalantly abandoned a lopsided tree. Others stubbornly trimmed an outsized hedge. Or tried, both lovingly and clumsily, to tie withered branches together.
Only when you put that variety of trees, hedges and houses next to each other, you see how similar they actually are.

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Extrañezas

Zully Sotelo

Extrañezas is the result of a collective exercise on identity and appearance carried out with the women of the author's family based on photographs found in the family album.

The photobook brings together women unhappy with the fraction of a second that captured a moment of their lives and perpetuates it, unfortunately for some of them, in the family album. It also poses a visual game between the author and her older sister where the repetition of some scenarios, costumes, gestures and poses disrupts and questions their own identity by being photographed in the same way.

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Thuiswerk

Maud Vande Veire

 

This artist book contains pictures made between 1978 and 2001 in the birthplace of Maud Vande Veire. In this book old family pictures are related to pictures of sculptures made in the same house in 2001.

FROM ME

TO YOU

PUBLICATIONS

was founded by Maud Vande Veire in 2009. It functions as a platform for self-publishing. From Me To You Publications is the main publishing activity of Maud Vande Veire.

OTHER 

PUBLICATIONS

brings together titles that are the result of collaborative projects.

DISTRIBUTION

This collection of self-published books by diverse artists reflects very personal interests, void of any aesthetic or discursive restrictions.

All publishing activities are run in conjunction with Emmanuel Depoorter.

FROM ME TO YOU SPACE

is an artist space in Borgerhout, Antwerp. Growing out of the activities of From Me To You publications, the main focus is on the presentation of artist books. FMTY Space is run by Maud Vande Veire and Emmanuel Depoorter

FROM ME 

TO YOU

PRODUCTIONS

produces and distributes editions of individual and collaborative works of art.

CONTACT

Oudstrijdersstraat 57

2140 Borgerhout

Belgium

info(at)frommetoyou.be

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