Garden of the Castle of Gerald The Devil (Duivelsteen). Ghent, Belgium
On the initiative of asbl THIEF IN THE NIGHT a new project YART was launched in the beginning of 2015. The project has the objective:
“The realization of an exhibition whereby young artists are given the opportunity to present their work in public space. Herewith is attempted to create a connection between a diverse audience, the artist and his work, and the location in order to trigger a dialogue about art”
During this first edition of the art event YART de public, whether not a semipublic, garden of the Duivelsteen is presented as a scenery for six selected, young artists. Each artist will employ the garden en his ambivalent context to present a work of art.
YART will be concluded with a retrospective exhibition in the historical crypt of the Duivelsteen. Via this finissage the public and the artists can be brought together. During YART each artist and his/her work will be captured in images under a given pattern. Across this imagery the finissage will be made.
The castle Duivelsteen (english: Devilstone) dates form the 13th century. The citadel was built in defense of the Portus Ganda and is named to the knight Geeraard the Devil. The habitation of this heritage generates a contradiction between the public nature of heritage and private one of living. In a way of speaking, the aloof and untouchable Devilstone becomes the setting/scenery with ‘a fourth wall’. By using this semipublic garden as a stage for artworks, the fictitious fourt wall is broken through. This way a connection can be made amongst the heritage, the habition and the public.
The oeuvre of the six young artists ranges from purely conceptual to formal. Of the one hand the formal works have a clear link with perception, use of materials and proportions of heritage and monuments. The conceptual work respond to the casual passer: observation, imagery and issues as privacy and the significance of semipublic space are addressed.
PROGRAM YART | garden of Duivelsteen
15th of January 2016: Sil Krol NL
15th of February 2016: Emma Pollet ism Niko Himschoot BE
15th of March 2016: Yves Obyn BE
15th of April 2016: Fase BE/NL
15th of May 2016: Almudena Lobera ES
15th of June 2016: Elise Eeraerts BE
FINISAGE YART | crypte of Duivelsteen
Friday 15th of July till Sunday 17th of July 2016
A Thief in the night production.
Artwork by Nina Swaans, Scenography by Riemer Van Dalen, Photography by Matthias Mayz
Met dank aan Interim Vastgoedbeheer, Stad Gent en Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen