Sophie Nys,
Liene Aerts,
Maud Gourdon


In April 2019, Sophie Nys presented the solo exhibition Family Nexus at KIOSK. In psychology, a family nexus stands for a vision that is shared by the majority of family members, often unconsciously and for several generations long, and is upheld in the context of events both within the family and in its relationship to the world. The monumental, stretched out net in the dome space was a symbol of this family dynamic.

Two years later, the subject still shakes the minds of the artist, the writer Liene Aerts who was involved in the build-up and the artist Maud Gourdon who visited the exhibition several times. Their shared interest leads to a collaboration in the form of a book that, just like the exhibition, can be read as a net of (un)coherent intrigues and knots in which no position can be neutral. Nys, Gourdon and Aerts set up a network of characters, gathered from text and poems new and existing, and prints far and nearby. Together they represent all kinds of human connections. Knots is a story about everyone and no one in particular. Who in this book is playing the role of the Nobody, the household’s so-called 'identified patient', or scapegoat, and which pots and pans has slipped through this character’s fingers?

The book will open up to the size of the space and the public on Sunday, March 28th, from 11 am to 7 pm at the bookshop and project space rile*, 62 Rue Commerçants, 1000 Brussels.