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For the second time the Flemish-Dutch House deBuren and BOZAR LITERATURE have joined forces to present an encounter between literature and the visual arts. On the first occasion, a number of Belgian and Dutch poets gave a poetic voice to a painting by Lucas Cranach.

This time, prose writers were invited to write short pieces of prose in response to a work by Jeff Wall. As before, their prose miniatures are included in the free audio guide and can be read in the exhibition’s special publication. That Jeff Wall manages to inspire writers to produce striking prose is partly down to the ‘literary’ content of his work. Wall's photographs, which he refers to as “prose poems”, not only look like stories - they are in fact often inspired by them.

One room of the exhibition is devoted to three of Wall's ‘literary’ photographs, which refer directly to works by Ralph Ellison, Franz Kafka, and Yukio Mishima. The relevant extracts from those works are also included in the audio guide. The three authors that inspired Wall served as a searchlight for BOZAR LITERATURE and deBuren to select contemporary prose writers that have the narrative force of those classic writers: In Koli Jean Bofane, Bernhard Christiansen, Caroline Lamarche, David Nolens, Yves Petry and Chika Unigwe.
An exclusive literary nocturne will take place at BOZAR on the 6th of September. Each writer will be reciting their work and giving information on how they were inspired by Jeff Wall’s photography.

The audio guide and the visitor’s guide (EN-FR-NL) are available for free.

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