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Marcin Dudek puts football hooliganism under the spotlight at Molenbeek’s HLP 1080

Anarchic orange spray paint streaks across the walls of Molenbeek’s HLP 1080 gallery for its inaugural show of work by Polish artist Marcin Dudek.

Entitled Slash and Burn II, the show is a follow up to a 2020 exhibition of Dudek’s work which was hosted at Harlan Levey Projects’ 1050 space in Brussels. In a similar vein to the first show, it delves into the underground football firm culture in Poland, drawing on the artist’s own experiences as a young man.

Photography: Damon De Backer / Harlan Levey Projects

Pieces from the show reflect on Dudek’s time supporting football club Cracovia – whose fans wore black bomber jackets with bright orange lining, which they’d turn inside out in the stadium as a prequel to a brawl.

Dudek has thrifted hundreds of these jackets and stitched them together to create one vast textile installation which inhabits an entire room. Other mixed media pieces marked with orange spray paint – which trails onto the white walls of the gallery – are also an expression of Dudek’s experience. Prior to the show opening, the artist ‘baptised’ the gallery with an orange smoke grenade, reminiscent of those used in his youth.

Visitors need to book an appointment to see the show, which is open until 31 July 2021.

Photography: Damon De Backer / Harlan Levey Projects
Photography: Damon De Backer / Harlan Levey Projects
Photography: Damon De Backer / Harlan Levey Projects

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