The Voeten Collection represents a unique combination of both Belgian and international works. Currently it comprises over 1700 art pieces that have been collected during a period of more than 40 years. They are exhibited in two separate locations – at the Art Center close to Herentals and at the sculpture park near Gheel.

ALEKSANDRA CHAUSHOVA, STAGE II(1), STAGE II(2)

2011, DRAWING, PENCIL ON PAPER, 33 X 46 CM (each)

As you might know, a prominent part of the collection Hugo Voeten is dedicated to Bulgarian Art. In this sense it is not so remarkable Hugo Voeten bought in 2013 works of the talented Bulgarian artist Aleksandra Chaushova (°1985, Sofia, Bulgaria).

Her works are quite peculiar. She mainly makes drawings in pencil, in which she mixes elements of true history with fiction. What interests her the most are the mechanisms that make up history and more particular; the way we remember things, but also how we relate to collective memories, that are in fact summaries of many individual, subjective stories. Chaushova believes that fiction can never be dissociated from reality. This interest comes from her Bulgarian background and the totalitarian regime that determined her home context until 1989, with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Soviet Union.

In her works Chaushova explores the propaganda-strategies used in the '50 – '80. The results are dream-like drawings with lots of fantasy elements, but with a certain reality-level at the base. The viewer is confused in a way he can't really say what is real and what is made up. Certain signs are drawn out of context a placed in completely new settings.

In 2010 Chaushova went to Wiels, Contemporary Art Centre in Brussels, to follow an artist in residency program. It was here that she was able to take a step back from her past and home context and find a certain perspective on it. She could analyze her work and evolve to another level.

For more information about the artist, please visit: www.chaushova.blogspot.be

Text: Lisa van Gerven