by Vermeir & Heiremans
at the 4th Dojima River Biennale
25/07 – 30/08/2015
Preview: 24/07/2015, 4 – 9 pm


Vermeir & Heiremans have been invited to participate in the 4th Dojima River Biennale, taking place in Osaka, Japan from 25 July to 30 August 2015, with their newest video installation Masquerade.

The 4th Dojima River Biennale, Take Me To The River, curated by Tom Trevor, follows on from previous editions, Reflection: The World Through Art curated by Fumio Nanjo in 2009, Ecosophia (ecology + philosophy): Art and Architecture curated by Takayo Iida in 2011, and Little Water curated by Rudy Tseng in 2013.


Participating Artists
Aki Sasamoto, Angus Fairhurst, Hito Steyerl, Melanie Gilligan, Melanie Jackson, Michael Stevenson, Peter Fend, Ryoji Ikeda, Shimabuku, Shitamichi Motoyuki, Simon Fujiwara, Superflex, The Play, Vermeir & Heiremans, Yuken Teruya


Take Me To The River
Take Me To The River is a project about change and exchange in the contemporary space of flows. Exploring the notion of “the current” within contemporary art, and the confluence of multiple temporalities within globalised culture today, it employs the metaphor of the river to examine the experience of being immersed in a world marked by an unprecedented diversity and depth of difference, by the coexistence of incommensurable viewpoints, and by the absence of an all-encompassing narrative (including those of modernity or post-modernity) that will enlist the participation of all.

Tom Trevor is a curator and writer based in England. He is currently Guest Curator at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, and developing a new biennial for Aarhus 2017, European Capital of Culture, with ARoS Kunstmuseum.

Associate Curator: Santo Oshima
Organizer: Dojima River Forum
Director: Hikari Furukubo


The ephemeral worlds of ‘high finance’ and the ‘global art markets’, offer a unique context in which the narrative of Masquerade is set. Art, like finance, is a system of belief and their markets are where this belief is put to work. Without belief in the myths that encircle art (and finance) and without trust in the integrity of the system, art (and finance) may become meaningless.

Production year: 2015
Inaugural presentation: 2015
Production country: Belgium
Languages: English
Subtitling: Dutch
Duration: +/- 55’
Image: HDV / Color
Ratio: 16:9
Sound: Stereo

Production: LIMITED EDITIONS vzw
Executive production: JUBILEE vzw
Co-production: Bernaerts Auctioneers (Antwerp), 4th Dojima River Biennale (Osaka), Goldsmiths, University of London, 13th Istanbul Biennial, Musea Brugge, Stroom Den Haag, Triennale Brugge 2015, V2_Institute for the Unstable Media (Rotterdam)
Supported by Flemish Audiovisual Fund (Filmlab) and the Femish Community


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Read more about the Dojima River Biennale
Website Dojima River Forum