Louiza is a curatorial-, research- and production structure active in the broad field of the arts, expanding into spatial practice, activism and research, founded by Els Silvrants-Barclay in 2009.
Els Silvrants-Barclay is a curator, researcher and activist. She is part of the Chair of Affective Architectures in the Department of Architecture at ETH Zürich, where she is coördinating the Dept. of the Ongoing. She is coordinator of Permanent, a practice-based research project that draws upon anti-speculative models from the commons- and cooperative economy to develop an infrastructure in Brussels for affordable artist studio’s, housing and community spaces. She is also a core-member of State of the Arts, an open platform that aims to reimagine the conditions that shape the art world today. Els Silvrants-Barclay often acts as a curator-mediator for public art commissions.
Since 2020, Louiza also supports the work of the artist Sarah Smolders.
Sarah Smolders handles the conditions in which space is created and experienced. To her, these conditions are both material and immaterial, and depart from the gaze and the body of the viewer that moves around in this space – including herself. Sarah Smolders uses painting as a language to set up a dialogue with specific places. By means of site-specific actions and gestures, walking the line between matter, architecture and painterly representations, she explores how time, movement, past and memory can express themselves spatially.
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