“It Takes One to Know One” was a happening by Phillipe Van Wolputte which took place for just one evening. The public could interact with the created piece depending on their urge for a drink during their visit. By partaking in this experience there was the option to buy a publication complete with an original instax photograph for just €10.
Philippe Van Wolputte (1982, Belgium) was a resident at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. He lives and works in Antwerp.
Recent shows include ‘Tactical Transparency’ at Keteleer Gallery, Antwerp (BE), ‘Perpetual Construction’ at CAB, Brussels (BE), ‘Terra Incognita’ at KuMu Art Museum, Tallinn (EST), ’Linked Surfaces’ at LLS382, Antwerp (BE), ‘Behind The Lines: Temporary Penetrable Exhibition Spaces 2005-15’ at MuHKA, Antwerp (BE).
Philippe van Wolputte's installations, interventions and collages show or suggest the possibilities of abandoned, neglected locations which have an important function in the memory and the social landscape of a city and in a way possess a beauty of their own. The artist's interpretation of his experiences in creating his interventions and the intimate manner of viewing these spaces are documented in his photographs, video works and collages. With an almost Freudian-like obsession, using narrow corridors and holes, he creates new passageways and infiltrates nearly impenetrable spaces, giving them a new temporary function as a fictional exhibition space.His installations are recreations of visited uncanny locations which he discovered during his explorations. He questions the functionality and possibilities by turning them in temporary hideouts or artists work bases. In the documentation of his interventions he plays with the fetishes of art documentation. By doing this, fiction and reality blur into each other.