An energetic Brussels-based collector of new and undervalued art, Alain Servais travels the world in search of creativity's bleeding-edge—and he's an outspoken champion of his discoveries once he finds them. Here, Servais, whose collecting philosophy is informed by his years in the finance sector, shares his favorite works from this year's LISTE art fair.
A female Estonian artist mixing animals and humans, nature and culture, and abjection and beauty, Lemsalu makes art that evokes the wild, bestial side of human beings and civilizations intertwined with feminine themes. She is a performer, installationist, and sculptor of great talent.
Discovered at the Sunday Art Fair and unforgettable at the Rijksakademie, Biocca mixes direct references to classic sculpture with an almost sadistic pleasure to force us to watch it transformed, attacked, and deviated.
This young Peruvian artist’s work thrives on and expose the troubled relationship between the cultures of the past and the present, the similitude of instincts to protect and exploit, and the linkages between visuality, materiality, and processes. The apparently mundane nature of building materials lies at the minuscule layer between the two.
This two-artist collective takes a political, aesthetic, and social interest in the nations and people of the “area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China" known as Eurasia. They keep reminding me that underneath the apparent overwhelming globalization, folklore, traditions, and history are still shaping people’s identities.