8 May 2021 to 30 May 2021
Place Sainte-Catherine
Zone de Troc II

Faced with the precariousness of relations between human beings and non-human beings, Pélagie Gbaguidi invents a barter-zone to rethink our relationship with the living.

Zone de Troc II

In Zone de troc II, Pélagie Gbaguidi opens up a participative space in which visitors can deposit or take away objects, stories, drawings, secrets and letters. Zone de Troc – a barter-zone –  dreams up alternative exchanges that can take place during the economic crisis that is sure to follow the Covid-19 pandemic. She also revives the possibility of interactions with others, particularly strangers, that the pandemic has weakened or restructured to adhere to a principle of necessary isolation. The venue – a former hairdresser’s – becomes an incubator for regenerating an ecology of relationships and a new type of economy, using strategies to overturn the established order. Over a period of three weeks, a hairdresser, musicians and a tarot card reader will take turns meeting the public, and once a week an outdoor market-without-objects will also be held. For many years now, Pélagie Gbaguidi has created forms of productions in her artistic practice that contribute to metamorphoses in society. Zone de Troc is part of a reflection on the exchange of useful and symbolic goods that have been liberated from a liberal, monetised economy.


Market without objects:

Saturday 15 May from 12pm to 3 pm on Place Sainte-Catherine (Brussels)
Saturday 22 May from 12pm to 3pm on Place Sainte-Catherine (Brussels)
Saturday 29 May from 12pm to 3pm on Place Sainte-Catherine (Brussels)

No reservation required, free of charge.

The full programme of activities related to Pélagie Gbaguidi's project between 8 and 30 May is available on the Kunstenfestivaldesarts website.



Presentation: Kunstenfestivaldesarts-CENTRALE for contemporary art. Coproduction: CIFAS asbl

Conception, realisation: Pélagie Gbaguidi
Dramaturgy: Dominique Pattuelli 
Architect: Lydia Antoniou
Artistic coordinator: Katerina Nikou
With the participation of: Filip Van Dingenen, Katerina Nikou, Fars Coiffure, Globe Aroma, Celia Lutangu, Yi Zhang, Marianne Borremans, Alexandre Dewez, Ophélie Mac, Aurélien Leforestier, Dominique Pattuelli
Commissioned and produced by Kunsfenstivaldesarts
Coproduction: CIFAS - Centre international de Formation en Arts du Spectacle
With the support of CENTRALE for contemporary art

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