WIM CATRYSSE (°1973, B) lives and works in Antwerp, www.wimcatrysse.com
Wim Catrysse is video artist and filmmaker. For the Living Room XL Wim Catrysse screens the film MSR. The title is an abbreviation for Main Supply Route, the road used to supply military bases in conflict zones around the world. In 2012 Wim Catrysse visited the military air base Ali Al Salem in the desert plains of Kuwait. 39 miles from the Iraq border on a strategic position this air base nicknamed ‘The Rock’ played an important role in the US military operations in this region. During a sand storm Wim Catrysse surprisingly encountered a pack of dogs along the MSR. The film shows how the dogs find cooling by digging pits, protect themselves from the hot sand and attack each other. In the backdrop of this desert landscape they form an alienating presence. Nobody knows how they got there and where they came from. With MSR Wim Catrysse created an image for the rootlessness, alienation and survival to which refugees are exposed in the current migration crisis.
WIM CATRYSSE — MSR
Saturday 2 Sept. 2017
Curated by ALAN QUIREYNS
The Living Room XL was a group exhibition in the form of a happening. Sixteen artists were invited to create new work, culminating in fourteen unique 30-minute interventions questioning city life, the border between public and private space and the influences of global politics. The Living Room XL is part of AIR Traces: the experimental archive of AIR Antwerpen’s activities.