21.04.18 – 16.06.18

If I Was Your Girlfriend: A Jam

 

Saelia Aparicio 

Sarah Cleaver 

Guilherme Dable

Giulio Delvè 

Vanessa Disler 

Magdalena Drwiega

Johanna Magdalena Guggenberger

Raphael Hefti

Paul Housley 

Paul Kindersley

Valerie Kong

Emiliano Maggi

Hanna Mattes

Nicole Miller

Karl Monies

Nicola Pecoraro

Sigmar Polke 

Richard Prince

Bernhard Rappolt

Morten Skrøder Lund

Jenny van Sommers

Evren Tekinoktay

Joel Tomlin 

Charlott Weise

Jerusha West

 

Accompanying playlist by Jarvis Cocker 

 

Opening on the eve of the second anniversary of Prince’s passing, a group of contemporary artists are coming together to celebrate the musician’s extraordinary life and gift.

Recognising his legacy, commemorating his songs, remembering his persona, sympathising with his eccentricities and revering his rare talent - other artists respect what this man represents. Belmacz is privileged to act as host to a group of twenty-seven international artists, who have come out to join in the jam session.

Prince Rogers Nelson, also known as The Unpronounceable Symbol, The Artist Formerly Known as Prince, Jamie Starr, The Starr Company, Camille, Joey Coco, Alexander Nevermind and Christopher was continuously reinventing himself; he created a musical genre of his own.

‘Prince represents the inspiration of the moment, like an ode composed to capture a passing sensation. And when the mood changes, he changes with it: another good lesson’ – Zadie Smith

Closely associated with the colour purple, despite reports of orange in fact being his favourite, the colour has become synonymous with him and is now a symbolic reference in light ever after. Known as a tireless supporter of talent, and finding it anywhere, he propelled others to stardom alongside him by empowering and uplifting them. Platforming female musicians from the very beginning, Prince stands out his industry.

Oscillating between the sexes, this musician used fashion, both the subversive and ‘glam rock’, to explore and challenge America. This was a current of genius that flowed through Prince Rogers Nelson.

Various works in ‘If I Was Your Girlfriend’ are probing into his image, playing on ideas of materiality and sound, with reference to his catalogue of iconic songs.

“For all of us, life is death without adventure, adventure only comes to those who are willing to be daring and take chances” - Prince Rogers Nelson, 1986, AMA Awards