On 30 September 2015, it will be 200 years that the mentally ill were released from the shackles in the crypt of the medieval Castle of Gerard the Devil in Ghent. Canon Triest and the Bothers of Charity were the instigators. This event can be seen as the beginning of psychiatric care in Belgium.
By means of photographs, film, testimonials, etc., Out of the shadows shows the degrading way in which mentally ill people were treated in the past, and also too often today. The exhibition looks at the differences in approaching mental illness worldwide, and shows the many forms in which chains nowadays appear and are broken.
ARPAÏS du bois records, contemplates, and comments on the world around her in her daily drawings. Ranging from an intimately experienced world to global political events. She voices her fight against oblivion, against living in and dealing with the world too quickly. The drawings can be considered as variations, which – with distance and restraint – attempt to provide an answer to the weight of reality.
In trouver un moyen d’habiter le monde, ARPAÏS du bois presents a selection of her work, and brings her drawings into dialogue with objects from the Dr. Guislain Museum’s collection.
That which we wish to keep hidden, becomes visible. That of which we do not wish to talk, becomes public. From taboo to embarrassment, from primness to awkwardness, from blushing to guilty pleasures: this exhibition sheds light on shame, a feeling which is difficult to grasp, yet omnipresent. It catches us by surprise, at the least expected moments and for the most diverse reasons: when we say something unseemly in public, or because of the smaller or larger imperfections of the body. But we also feel shame about poverty or psychological problems. Whether we want this or not, shame has an influence on everything we do.
Just like the reasons for being ashamed differ, shame also differs according to a person’s character, the times in which people live and the place they find themselves in. Shame is a personal as well as a social phenomenon: each person, but also each culture, deals with it in a different way. The exhibition Shame explores this field along different lines: by means of objects from other cultures, historical psychiatric documents or actual witnesses. Modern and contemporary artists represent this feeling in paintings, sculptures, photographs and video.
A richly illustrated catalogue accompanies this exhibition (D/F/E, 176 p., Uitgeverij Lannoo).
Chantal Akerman, Francis Alÿs, Alioune Bâ, Sarah Baker, Michael Borremans, Claude Cahun, Tom Callemin, Robert Capa, Roy de Villevoye, Jim Dine, Desiree Dolron, Marcel Duchamp, Tracey Emin, Gao Brothers, Marc Garanger, Siebe Wiemer Glastra, George Grosz, Seymour Jacobs, Gert Jochems, Nicolas Karakatsanis, Willy Kessels, Meiro Koizumi, Frans Masereel, Paul McCarthy, Boris Mikhailov, George Minne, Lauren Moffatt, Hans Op de Beeck, Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin, Félicien Rops, Tammo Schuringa, Jan Sluijters, Miroslav Tichý, Patrick Van Caeckenbergh, Philippe Vandenberg, Jan Van Imschoot, Ina van Zyl…