Sam Lewitt presents first Belgian solo exhibition at Z33

Sam Lewitt presents first Belgian solo exhibition at Z33

Press preview Th 01.10 at 10:30

18 December 2014 was a black day in the history of Limburg. Ford Genk closed down and more than 4000 workers lost their jobs. The traces of this story are gradually being erased by the demolition of the factory buildings that began in August 2017. In the same year, construction started on the new wing of Z33 in the nearby city of Hasselt. The American artist Sam Lewitt retools this economic transition in his exhibition CURE (the Work). He uses elements of the demolished factory, as well as soil from the Ford site, to set up a production line for compressed earth blocks, a low-cost building material.

Sam Lewitt’s practice investigates the circulation of matter and capital in the global economy. CURE (the Work) transforms Z33 into a production site where soil from Ford Genk is compressed into earth blocks. The stages of the production process – compressing, curing, and stacking – are separated by doors and tarps from the former factory. This dispersed presentation raises the question of where we locate the ‘work’, as an activity and as a product.

In the galleries of Z33, two earth ramming machines compress soil from the Ford site into interlocking earth blocks. These manual devices were originally designed for self-help housing in so-called developing countries and also embraced by practitioners of small-scale ecological self-sufficiency. They enable the direct use of local soil for shelter and road construction. The earth ramming machines connect Z33 to various other production sites and raise questions about the relation of artistic production to its location: the machines are portable, yet dependent on the ground on which they sit. The exhibition mirrors the global economy, in which the relocation of production can have a major local impact, as was the case with the closure of Ford Genk.


Sam Lewitt was born in Los Angeles in 1981. He lives and works in New York, where he completed the Whitney Independent Study Program in 2005 after receiving his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2004. Selected institutional solo exhibitions include: Swiss Institute, New York (2016), Kunsthalle Basel (2016), and The Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco (2015). Lewitt’s work has been presented at numerous institutions and biennials, including the Venice Biennale (2017) and the Whitney Biennial (2012). In 2018, he was the recipient of the BMW Open Work commission at the Frieze Art Fair in London. Monographs on his work include More Heat Than Light (2016) and Fluid Employment (2013).

Tim Roerig is a curator at Z33. He studied Philosophy and Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam and worked previously as a curatorial assistant to the late curator Okwui Enwezor. Selected projects include the exhibitions and catalogues: Postwar: Art Between the Pacific and the Atlantic, 1945-1965, Haus der Kunst, Munich (2016) and All the World’s Futures, 56th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice (2015).

Practical information

Curator: Tim Roerig

Press preview Thursday 01.10.20 at 10:30

Vernissage: Saturday 03.10.20 at 19:00

The exhibition is open for public from 04.10.20-03.01.21


Special Thanks to: Miguel Abreu Gallery, New York; Galerie Buchholz, Berlijn/Keulen/New York; De Vlaamse Waterweg nv; MG Real Estate / Intervest / Genk Green Logistics

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Z33 is the House for Contemporary Art, Design & Architecture at the historical center of Hasselt. Design, contemporary art and architecture come together in a versatile program of exhibitions, lectures, research and talent development. The new exhibition building - designed by award winning Italian architect Francesca Torzo, opened the 21st of May 2020.

Z33 - House for Contemporary Art, Design & Architecture
Bonnefantenstraat 1
3500 Hasselt (BE)