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Louise Bourgeois, Cassi Namoda and Cathy Wilkes in ECHO. Wrapped in Memory

14 October 2023—25 February 2024
Group exhibition at MoMu, Antwerp, Belgium

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ECHO contemplates the profound link between clothing and memory, as seen through the perspectives of three artists whose work shares a tactile and emotional intensity: artist Louise Bourgeois, designer Simone Rocha, and choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker.

This evocative exploration delves into the realms of infancy, childhood, and the bonds of motherhood, as well as the inevitable passage of time and the wistful longing for days gone by. It embraces the art of craftsmanship, the mending of worn fabric, and the interplay between the tangible and intangible memories intricately woven within clothing.

ECHO also showcases an unknown side of the MoMu Collection to highlight the expert work of textile conservators. Working with a collection of more than 38,000 objects gives MoMu’s curators and researchers access to the echoes of a myriad of personal histories and events. Smells, stains and tears in clothing, or the way certain garments were altered or repaired in the past, are an inexhaustible source of stories and embody the passing of time. ECHO features a unique selection of objects from the MoMu Collection in different stages of degradation with their flaws, discolourations and traces of damage, and with just as many intriguing stories.

The exhibition includes work by artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Marianne Berenhaut, Billie Zangewa, Cassi Namoda, Cathy Wilkes, Harley Weir, Maya Barrera, Martin Margiela, Liz Magor and Laila Gohar.